Fourteen homicides in Anchorage in 2014 down from past

The number of homicides in Anchorage in 2014 was the lowest in two decades. Alaska Dispatch News reports homicide detectives investigated the deaths of 14 people last year. One of those deaths is not being counted as a confirmed homicide. Police say the year's total is the second lowest number of homicide for the city in 24 years.


State closes Bethel office of the Department of Environmental Conservation

Construction of cables under Arctic waters between England and Japan, and overland from Prudhoe to Anchorage inching forward

CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld reports a tailings dam break at a British Columbia copper and gold mine could threaten Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries, according to critics who say similar dams closer to the border could suffer the same fate, polluting Alaskan waters.

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $888,000 to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for research on climate change and contaminant shifts, and effects on human health in rural communities. The grant is one of six given out nationwide. The study will focus on traditional foods.

As KTOO's Lisa Phu reports, the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has signed an agreement to receive a $53 million settlement from the Indian Health Service for about 15 years of unpaid contract costs.

Residents of Allakaket oppose a road that would span from the Dalton Highway to the Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska over concerns about its impacts to already depleted hunting and fishing populations. A mining company estimates there are hundreds of millions of tons of copper, zinc, and lead in the Ambler Mining District.

A hot-shot crew and smoke-jumpers headed to Tyonek to contain a wildfire as gusty winds and low humidity add to wildfire danger in south central Alaska.

Tribal leaders from Canada and Alaska say they will work together to oppose mines, affecting both sides of the border.

A Governmental Accountability Office reports calls U.S. participation in Arctic Council uncoordinated and lacking in follow-through.