Here's a message from the Anchorage Police Department:

The Anchorage Police Department has received over half a dozen calls today (Thursday, Oct. 1) from citizens who have been contacted by persons claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS Scammers may try to contact you over the phone, via e-mail, or through letters with authentic looking IRS letterhead.  They try to get taxpayers to provide personal financial information or scare people into making a false tax payment that ends up in the pocket of the criminal. 

By The Associated Press

Pres. Barack Obama's visit to Anchorage came at a price, at least for the Anchorage Police Department. Chief Mark Mew tells KTUU the presidential visit has cost more than 482-thousand dollars with final tallies yet to come in. Mew said the final tally should be known next week.


Anchorage group preparing for economic impacts of Army downsizing

Zacharia Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage

Local governments win against oil companies on value of taxable property

By Associated Press

The Supreme Court in Alaska has upheld a ruling that the trans-Alaska oil pipeline was worth far more than a billion a year the pipeline owners claimed for the years 2007 through 2009. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the court late last month affirmed a Superior Court ruling in 2011 that the pipeline was worth $8.9 billion to $9.6 billion those years.

Sept. 3, 2015

Change affects whether villages can get funds to fix existing water and sewer systems or only to replace them

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA, with assistance from Matthew Smith, KNOM

Here is the text of Evon Peter's speech given to international dignitaries at the GLACIER conference in Anchorage Sept, 1, 2015, and his October 2013 testimony at a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee. 

GLACIER Conference Remarks

September 1, 2015

During his welcome address at the Glacier conference Monday, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced an energy saving measure he’s implementing – a switch to energy efficient LED streetlights and in municipal facilities.

The city’s maintenance and operations division is taking inventory of Anchorage lighting to figure out the best places to start installing LED lights.  Berkowitz says the city can afford the 4-to5 million dollars it will take, but it will also seek new dollars.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

Sept. 3, 2015

President Obama names Denali Commission as lead agency for coastal communities threatened by climate change

Based on a story by Zach Hughes, APRN

Wednesday in Kotzebue, President Obama continued his focus on climate change in Alaska by announcing that the Denali Commission will take the lead in dealing with coastal communities threatened by disastrous flooding, erosion and thawing permafrost.

Sept. 2, 2015

The Anchorage Police Department (APD) today released a statement saying stolen vehicle reports in July and August are up 60% over May and June, rising from 153 to 244.

Of the 397 vehicles reported stolen during the last four months, about 77% have been recovered.

President will announce a Federal coordinator for building climate resilience in Alaska, launch a remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition, and announce a city-led public-private partnership to achieve 99.7 percent clean energy on Kodiak Island.

The White House issued the following fact sheet today.


Yesterday, President Obama announced he wants to beef up the nation's fleet of icebreakers. We have more on that below. First is this report from APRN's Washington, D.C. correspondent, who followed the President in Seward.

President Obama highlights climate change effects to Exit Glacier

By Liz Ruskin, APRN