Short-term weather systems and long-term climate warming are combining to create conditions ripe for another non-wintery Alaska winter.
Yereth Rosen
Troopers closed the Seward Highway near the Portage Glacier turnoff for about 10 hours Friday when one man was killed and at least three other people were critically injured in a crash involving a tour bus and at least six other vehicles.
Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska teachers who want to supervise student teachers this coming school year must have at least one year of experience in their school districts and three years of experience total, according to regulation changes adopted by the state.
Tegan Hanlon
The Anchorage School District says a plastic slide melted and other playground equipment burned when a fire ignited Saturday morning at Alpenglow Elementary School in Eagle River.
Tegan Hanlon
State records show Walter Palmer has held hunting and fishing licenses in Minnesota, Florida and Alaska, and he claims to have killed a polar bear.
Matt Delong | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
On Saturday morning, seven recent college graduates took off from Anchorage for Tokyo, where they'll prepare to teach English in towns across Japan as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.EducationTegan Hanlon
Should salmonberries that carpet the tundra be packed into gallon Ziplocs for sale? What about salmon harvested under subsistence rules, not commercial ones? A debate is raging over the sale of traditional Alaska Native foods.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer
Looking to make the most of your days off? Here are our picks for weekend events in Anchorage.CultureAlaska Dispatch News
After setting traps in trees to catch flying squirrels, Link Olson was surprised to find northern red-backed voles instead. The curator of mammals at the University of Alaska Museum knew a bit about voles, but couldn't remember a sentence about their ability to climb. ScienceNed Rozell

News & Politics

College grads bound for teaching jobs in Japan say 'sayonara' to Alaska

On Saturday morning, seven recent college graduates took off from Anchorage for Tokyo, where they'll prepare to teach English in towns across Japan as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.Tegan Hanlon

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Voices

Stan Abbott made a lasting contribution to telling Alaska's stories

OPINION: The late Stan Abbott was a restrained but powerful force behind some of the best journalism done in Alaska, and his contributions have outlasted his time here.Howard Weaver

Adventure

Nervy bikers can zoom downhill (and ride up) on 3 courses at Alyeska

Beginners would do well to stick to easier trails around the Bear Cub Quad until they’ve mastered the basics of hurtling downhill on two wheels. Trails reached from the other two lifts -- Ted’s Express and the Glacier Bowl Express -- are more suitable for intermediate and advanced riders.  Lisa Maloney

Arctic

New Russian spy ship to keep tabs on Norway

The Yuri Ivanov will patrol in the Arctic and keep a close eye on neighbor and NATO member Norway. It has taken Russia 11 years to complete the vessel which will become the Northern Fleet’s new key instrument in monitoring Arctic waters.Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer

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We Alaskans

Besieged by blood-sucking bugs in Dillingham

Having endured a string of buggy summers on the Kenai Peninsula, I wondered what greater torment Bristol Bay could offer. But accounts of nasty hordes of noseeums, white socks and mosquitoes around King Salmon gave me pause. Clark Fair