Search for missing family comes to grim end

KENAI - A nearly yearlong search for a missing Alaska family has come to a grim end with the discovery of four bodies, a dead dog and a handgun just off a trail in a rural area near the family's home.Authorities...
Music review: Opera a la Mozart

...translated score for the Boosey & Hawkes edition, has him sing "Well, I can't say I think much of this tune!"In this otherwise grim presentation, Mozart provided a bit of humor now and then. Translators such as Dent provided some, and this production included...
UN tally of Ebola deaths passes 10,000, most in West Africa

GENEVA - The World Health Organization marked a grim milestone Thursday in the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, estimating that the virus had killed over 10,000 people, mostly in...
Starfish babies offer glimmer of hope amid mass die-off

...up and down the West Coast had spread to this site along the rocky cliffs of Lopez Island.He and another diver tallied the grim count on a clipboard he had taken underwater. Only two dozen adult starfish were found in an area where they once were abundant...
Walker's opening choices are hard ones

...coming into the governor's office faced with high expectations for a renewed spirit of bipartisanship in Alaska politics and the grim reality of plunging oil prices and gaping budget holes.Walker knows the months ahead will not be easy, but he said it doesn't...
Empire Editorial: Better safe than sorry

...could be taken on a plane. This isn't how flying should be, but that is the stark reality of the world we now live in.This grim realization was made even clearer recently when a German pilot intentionally crashed a plane into the side of a mountain, killing...
Empire Editorial: Keep Alaska neutral in the airline wars

United Airlines used to encourage Americans to "fly the friendly skies." Those skies have become a bit grim lately.With passengers feuding over reclining seats, legroom and fees, flying has become a contest of endurance - both physical...
Empire Editorial: Weeding out the invasives and gardeners in Europe and beyond have given it fanciful names such as "King Devil," "Devil's Paintbrush" and "Grim the Collier."It can be spotted blooming these days in and around the Egan Drive median, sending up its orange and burnt red...
Chinook research funding a casualty of Walker budget cuts

...budget cutting, and a vital research project for king salmon is on the slab.As petroleum prices dive and Alaska finances look grim, the Chinook Salmon Research Initiative is one of many items Walker cut from former Gov. Sean Parnell's proposed capital...
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Alaska Editorial: UA system will need strong leadership, support from the state

...The budget news out of Juneau, where the new governor and his staff are preparing for the next session of the Legislature, is grim.The price of oil has fallen precipitously this year, from $104.98 on Jan. 2 to $58.42 on Wednesday, the latest date...


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