The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off Alaska or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study released Friday. 
Jonathan Fahey | Associated Press
A woman was killed in a Midtown Anchorage hit-and-run collision late Friday morning, Anchorage police said.
Megan Edge
The Anchorage House Majority Caucus on Thursday called the 2015-16 Anchorage School District budget "irresponsible" and "shortsighted," but superintendent Ed Graff said the budget is based on current statute and will be adjusted if education funding cuts proposed by Gov. Bill Walker are passed.
Tegan Hanlon
A senator from Wasilla removed from the budget all state funding for public broadcasting Thursday, and efforts by a Juneau senator to restore some money failed.
Nathaniel Herz
A Wasilla lawmaker has introduced legislation that would write into law a parent’s right to withdraw a child from state standardized exams, but education officials say too many withdrawals could lower school ratings, and legalizing refusals could harm federal funding. 
Tegan Hanlon
A man flying his drone caused quite a stir among residents of one Eagle River neighborhood this week after police received reports that the device had been spotted following children.TechnologySean Doogan
Alaska's path to a sustainable budget will likely have to involve some combination of cutting spending, increasing revenues and using the Permanent Fund in some way, says David Teal, the Legislature's top budget expert. PoliticsPat Forgey
The head of a prominent Alaska economic think tank wants a statewide conversation on the state's scary fiscal cliff, and lawmakers and the governor say they are ready to engage. PoliticsAlex DeMarban
Shell’s Arctic oil spill response system -- damaged during a deployment test in 2012 -- is undergoing drills in waters near Bellingham, Washington, with federal officials observing the exercises.EnergyJennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers

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Rosemary McGuire has been an exchange student in Norway, attended Oxford, worked as a fish counter, commercial fisherman, research tech, tended bar in rural Alaska, shoveled snow, laid concrete, welded and taught English to immigrants. Plus, she's an expert canoeist and avid hiker. Oh, there's her well-received book of short stories.    Heather Lende