Elections officials reported record-breaking early voting numbers Monday in the Anchorage mayoral runoff between Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz that has rapidly taken turns both bruising and bizarre.
Devin Kelly,Nathaniel Herz
A 17-year-old Anchorage girl pleaded guilty Monday to criminally negligent homicide and DUI in the death of well-known Anchorage cyclist Jeff Dusenbury last summer.
Michelle Theriault Boots
A reorganized Anchorage School Board unanimously passed a budget amendment Tuesday that cut nearly $15.7 million from the 2015-16 school year budget, removing funding for 60 teacher positions and other staff, supplies and programs.
Tegan Hanlon
Searchers from the village of Kwethluk on Sunday pulled the body of a young woman out of an open lead in the thawing ice of a branch of the Kuskokwim River, ending a long search that involved scores of volunteers.
Lisa Demer
Alvin Rodriguez-Moya has been arrested and charged with first- and second-degree murder in an East Anchorage stabbing that left one dead and another critically injured Sunday morning.
Jerzy Shedlock,Megan Edge
In a compromise with Mayor Dan Sullivan over the 2015 municipal budget, the Anchorage Assembly on Monday agreed to use $2 million in surplus money from Solid Waste Services to reduce property tax bills. AnchorageAlex DeMarban
The Polar Pioneer drill ship and its accompanying tugboats do not -- for now -- belong at the port’s Terminal 5, a site currently devoted to cargo ships, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development has ruled.EnergyYereth Rosen
Two Capitol meetings, one that happened and one that didn't, suggest a budget deal may be hard to come by for Alaska leaders. PoliticsPat Forgey
Sarabi the formerly missing Iditarod sled dog was back in Anchorage this weekend, making the rounds and finally getting a chance to meet people who assisted in a search for her last month. 
Bob Hallinen

News & Politics

Best guess for Kuskokwim River breakup brings $10,000 for 2 in Bethel

Kuskokwim River ice, which has been moving for more than a week upriver, officially went out at 1:35 p.m. Monday when a tripod built to resemble story knives and a kayak moved far enough down river to stop the clock.Lisa Demer

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Strong support for public education squares with Republican principles

OPINION: Longtime Republican says lawmakers need to understand that investment in education is like investment in defense - essential in an increasingly competitive world.Will Hastings

Sports

UAA's hockey schedule includes newbie Arizona State

UAA's season-opening game in its Kendall Hockey Classic will be against Arizona State, which will be playing its first Division I opponent in its inaugural season in the NCAA's highest division after transitioning from club status.Doyle Woody

Adventure

Watch while gray whales chow down in Resurrection Bay this spring

When the first gray whale breached, it caught many of us off guard. My 10-year-old pointed toward the stern, mouth hanging open, as again and again the gray whale presented us with an impressive display of marine mammal athleticism. The atmosphere was electric after that. Erin Kirkland

Culture

Arts Scene: From 'Three Minutes in Poland' to 'Traditional Foods of the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands'

Suanne Unger, author of  “Qaqamiigux: Traditional Foods of the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands,” and Moses Dirks, one of the book’s contributors, will take the floor at the next Smithsonian Spotlight lecture, noon Thursday, May 7, at the Anchorage Museum. Mike Dunham

Arctic

Rosneft readies more Kara Sea mapping

The company, hit by Western sanctions and low oil prices, is postponing drilling, but it says seismic mapping is still a go. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer

Nation/World

  • The government of Nepal is asking foreign search-and-rescue teams to leave now that the likelihood of finding survivors buried by last month’s earthquake has largely passed, and a top Nepali tourism official said Monday that no more climbers were likely to ascend Mount Everest this season.

  • Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore's top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city's mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct.

We Alaskans

Released by Algonqin Books just last week, Heather Lende's new book "Find The Good"  has already found a spot on the Pacific Northwest Independent Bestseller List for hardcover nonfiction. 
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