Law enforcement must uphold tribal protection orders the same as it does state protective orders, regardless of whether the order has been registered with the state, the attorney general announced in an opinion issued Thursday. The AG also encouraged the legislature to amend Alaska law to bring it into compliance with the Violence Against Women Act. Download Audio
Shell Begins Exploratory Drilling in the Chukchi Sea; Attorney General Says Tribal Protection Orders Deserve Equal Recognition; At Least 7 Vehicles Involved In Fatal Seward Highway Wreck; 15-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor Honored By Coast Guard; Yukon King Run Stronger Than Expected; Strange Orange Robots Sail Into Dutch Harbor... Just What Are They Up To?; AK: At A Lonely Lighthouse, Cruise Tourists Bring A Welcome Dose of Noise, And Cash; 49 Voices: Albert Gamboa of Anchorage Download Audio
Aquatic robots have been spotted in the Aleutian Islands. Two ocean-going drones were seen sailing into Dutch Harbor Monday night with no one on board. Just what are these orange robots doing out there--and should we be alarmed? Download Audio
Arctic drilling is under way. Shell Oil confirmed Thursday night that its Polar Pioneer rig sent a drill bit spinning into the floor of the Chukchi Sea about 5 p.m. Alaska time. Download Audio
Scenes from Kivgiq 2015
- Kuskokwim 300 raises purse, donates to fire victimsAlaska's most lucrative race has boosted its prize money yet again this year, the race committee announced last week.
- Wildfires flare up in Northwest ArcticHot, dry weather fuels Selawik River fire, smokejumpers return to the area to protect cabin
- Wildfires and the changing boreal forestIn late July, more than 300 wildfires are burning in Alaska. With burned acreage totals one month ahead of the historic 2004 fire season, summer 2015 is again the year of the wildfire.
- One buyer slows commercial operations in KotzebueAs of Tuesday, Copper River Seafoods was still the only buyer in Kotzebue paying for fish from local commercial chum fishermen.
- Mosquito Haven Half Marathon set for Aug. 1Mosquito Haven Half Marathon set for Aug. 1
- Team 907 goes winless in Las VegasKamaka Hepa and Travis Adams both turned in strong outings this past week for Team 907 at the Adidas Super 64 Basketball Tournament. Unfortunately for both of the Barrow High School stars, their efforts didn't turn into wins for the Alaska Under 17 all-star squad in Las Vegas.
- High school athletes begin preparations for fall seasonFootball widows beware. The new high school sports season is at hand.
- Alaska needs more angels willing to provide foster care to childrenRecently, I hosted a barbecue for Juneau's foster children and their foster families.
- Fishermen dismayed by low sockeye pricesShock and dismay were heard from Bristol Bay fishermen when they finally got word last week that major buyers would pay 50 cents a pound for their sockeye salmon.
- Celebrating 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, and looking aheadOn July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law as an amendment to the Social Security Act.