Alaska News

Court Revives Lawsuit Against BP Over Alaska Oil Spill Statements

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday revived a shareholder lawsuit against BP PLC over statements the company made in the wake of a 2006 oil spill in Alaska. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San …

Alaska City Says No to Schools Insurance Pool

Fairbanks North Star Borough officials have appealed to the Interior delegation to block a bill that would require Alaska school districts to pool employee health insurance plans. Senate Bill 90, sponsored by Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, has been billed as …

Family Sues Alaska Bar After Woman’s Death

The family of an Anchorage, Alaska woman who was killed in a traffic collision has filed a lawsuit against the bar where authorities say the driver charged in the death acknowledged drinking heavily before the crash. The lawsuit accuses Chilkoot …

Alaska Snowmobile Driver Charged With Felony DUI

A 29-year-old Wasilla, Alaska man suspected of driving a snowmobile down the Parks Highway has been charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol. Alaska State Troopers say Eric Hunter was arrested Wednesday night and also is charged with …

New Map Predicts Tsunami Effects On Alaska City

The state has released a tsunami inundation map for Sitka, Alaska showing the estimated high-water mark in the event of a tsunami. But Sitka Fire Chief Dave Miller said not to take the map as the final word on how …

Governor: Disaster Cited For Alaska Area Hit By Storms

Governor Sean Parnell has declared coastal western Alaska areas ravaged by storms state disaster zones. The governor made the announcement after meeting with residents in the Northwest Arctic Borough, Bering Straits Regional Education Attendance Area, and Lower Yukon. A series …

NAIC: Alaska Implements SBS

Alaska has implemented the State Based Systems, an electronic system owned by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, it was announced on Monday. The purpose of NAIC’s SBS initiative is to provide a comprehensive, internet-based application for state regulators in …

Tsunami Warning Centers in Alaska, Hawaii Open Despite Shutdown

Despite the partial government shutdown, Americans have a full team of scientists tracking every possibility for an earthquake-triggered tsunami. The nation’s two tsunami warning centers remain fully staffed and operating around the clock in Alaska and Hawaii. Stuart Weinstein is …

Wildfires Across The West Push Spending Past $1B

More than 40 uncontained, active and large wildfires dot the western U.S. from Arizona to Washington state and Alaska, taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year. The National Interagency Fire Center in …

Earthquake Simulator Shakes Alaskan Complacency

An 8.0 magnitude earthquake sounds like a freight train and feels like the worst-ever air turbulence. Bookshelves tumble. Computers and television sets crash to the floor. It’s a struggle to stay upright. Even a fake one is scary. A mechanical …