Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has closed the deal to take over West Coast rival Virgin America. Airline executives, workers and journalists are flying down to San Francisco Wednesday morning on a specially-painted plane for an announcement and rally at Virgin America’s main hub.
In the past two months, 300 dead puffins have washed up on St. Paul Island, alarming residents who had only seen six carcasses over the last decade. The die-off appears to be slowing down now, but scientists say it could be the sign of a much larger ecosystem problem.
Plows cleared away slushy snow Saturday morning. But icy conditions persisted because state workers wanted to avoid using too much overtime. Budget cuts to the Alaska Department of Transportation will affect drivers for another winter.