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House passes bill to expand Fairbanks migratory bird refuge

The House voted 37-1 Monday for a bill that would expand Creamer's Field, a migratory waterfowl refuge in Fairbanks, by adding four parcels of state land to the existing 1,800-acre preserve.

Sec. Jewell on the Hot Seat in Murkowski’s Committee

Sec. Jewell on the Hot Seat in Murkowski’s CommitteeMurkowski used the occasion to bash Jewell for recent department decisions blocking oil development on the North Slope.

Hoffbeck talks gas line during confirmation hearing

Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck says Gov. Bill Walker plans to continue pushing the major liquefied natural gas project that Alaska has been pursuing with oil and gas and pipeline companies.

Southeast Alaska king salmon head north in search of cooler waters

Southeast Alaska king salmon head north in search of cooler watersThis news was delivered to the Alaska Board of Fisheries as their spring meeting opened in Sitka Monday afternoon.

Lost crab pots still catching king crab in Kodiak Island bay

Lost crab pots still catching king crab in Kodiak Island bayFederal biologists say derelict crab pots lost on the bottom of a Kodiak Island bay are capturing significant numbers of its king crab.

Federal Subsistence Board seeks change to rural determination process

The definition of rural has been slippery in Alaska, where many communities exist outside the developed road system.

Officials continue to monitor Statter Harbor oil spill

Officials continue to monitor Statter Harbor oil spillThe U.S. Coast Guard now estimates between 50 and 100 gallons of oil spilled into Auke Bay’s Statter Harbor on Sunday.

Rayco Sales civil suit headed to trial in May

Rayco Sales civil suit headed to trial in MayRayco Sales is being sued by the family of Simone Kim who was killed by a firearm obtained from the store.

With school choice resolution, legislature revisits voucher question

With school choice resolution, legislature revisits voucher questionWith a crowd of charter school students in the gallery, the Alaska State House used a school choice resolution as a proxy for a debate on vouchers on Monday.

Walker files bill to create marijuana control board

Walker files bill to create marijuana control boardJust one day before marijuana possession becomes legal in Alaska, Gov. Bill Walker has filed legislation to create a marijuana control board.