St. Lawrence Island

Alaska's lone U.S. congressman and senators introduced legislation in the House and Senate to pre-empt states from banning walrus ivory, whale bone and other marine mammal products.  The delegation proposes amending the Marine Mammal Protection Act, or MMPA, through these new bills.

This is a step in the right direction, Eskimo Walrus Commission director Vera Metcalf said.

Powerful storm moves toward northwest Alaska

The storm that hammered the Aleutian Islands over the weekend has weakened as it moves north, but still packs a powerful punch. The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf advisory for southwest Alaska, forecasting surf up to ten feet and localized erosion and flooding.

Alaska Permanent Fund's growth lower than last two years

The Alaska Permanent Fund is doing better than officials had expected. The corporation reported that the fund's investments gained 4.9 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30, leaving the

value of the Permanent Fund at $52.8 billion dollars. That's $1.6 billion up from last year.  Acting executive director Valerie Mertz called it a solid performance, given the volatility in the market. The corporation had reported double-digit increases the prior two years.