Sophie Mae Babcock was born at 2:55 p.m., New Year’s Day. Her mother is nurse Angela Babcock, and her father is Danny Babcock, a firefighter for Capital City Fire and Rescue.
Sophie Mae weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long.The second baby of the new year was born at 8:36 p.m. to Deena and Daniel Hand. Raymond Glen Hand came into the world at 8 pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches.
- The state's Palmer Correctional Facility is slated to close. It's a money-saving measure called for by Gov. Bill Walker.
- Metlakatla Democratic National Convention delegate Gavin Hudson campaigned for Bernie Sanders. But he's in Hillary Clinton's camp now.
- Researchers think they’ve found a new species of whale in Western Alaska. A new study is identifying the find as a relative of the Baird’s beaked whale.
- Anchorage is assigning more police to handle drunk drivers. A federal grant is paying for a new patrol unit.