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The Arctic Policy Commission, tasked with guiding Alaska’s lawmakers on the needs and future of the state’s Arctic lands and waters, is finishing up two years of work and preparing to present its final recommendations to the state.
Carey Restino
Top federal officials overseeing the Tongass National Forest are disputing environmental group claims that an announced shift to logging second-growth timber instead of controversial old growth has "stalled," but they acknowledge the transition will take time.
Pat Forgey
Oil companies spent big money Wednesday for rights to explore the Colville River Delta and other state territory, making this year’s North Slope auction the richest Alaska state lease sale in 21 years.
Yereth Rosen
Mayoral candidate Amy Demboski’s move is a direct challenge to Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, who says lifetime vehicle registration would translate into about a $6 million annual revenue hit for the city and shift the burden to property tax payers. 
Devin Kelly
The Alaska Public Offices Commission considered Alaska Cannabis Club owner Charlo Greene's objection to a subpoena Wednesday, though the agency issued no recommendation.
Suzanna Caldwell
On Tuesday, a federal grand jury in Anchorage handed up a 28-page indictment accusing XS Platinum and five executives of conspiring to violate the federal Clean Water Act and of falsifying compliance reports to the government. The five men – two Americans, two Australians and a Canadian – are scheduled to make their first court appearance Jan. 21.EnvironmentLisa Demer
A sharply critical legislative audit questions whether a backlog of 55 oil and gas tax and credit audits can be completed before the six-year statute of limitations runs out, risking hundreds of millions in back taxes.EnergyDermot Cole
With new flights, Delta will link Alaska's top five destinations with daily flights to its Seattle hub.TravelScott McMurren
Amid a batch of positive news linked to his major energy initiatives, outgoing Gov. Sean Parnell gave what may be a swan-song speech before a supportive crowd on Wednesday.Governor's Race 2014Alex DeMarban

News & Politics

Air Force again considers keeping or moving Eielson F-16s

The Air Force told Alaska's congressional delegation Wednesday it has launched a review that may end with a decision to keep a squadron of F-16s at Eielson Air Force Base or move them to Anchorage or to Nevada.Dermot Cole

Sports

UAA basketball teams have weekend to-do lists prior to Shootout

The UAA men's and women's basketball teams get their final tuneups before next week's Great Alaska Shootout when they play games this weekend at the Alaska Airlines Center.Beth Bragg

Arctic

Bird ambulance swoops to the rescue in eastern Finland

A rescue service, founded by members of the South Karelian Ornithological Society, responds to calls from members of the public who discover injured animals. YLE News

Adventure

Sharpen your blades: Backcountry skating in Southcentral Alaska doesn't get much better

Ice-covered lakes are not unusual this time of year in Alaska. What is unusual is the lack of snow on top of the ice, leaving backcountry skaters such as Anchorage’s Kevin Turinsky a little gaga. “Yesterday, we went to Nancy Lake, and the conditions were just sublime," he said.   Brian Brettschneider

Nation/World

We Alaskans

The curse of the sandwich

A foiled attempt to dispose of a strong-smelling akutuq sandwich leads to decades of embarrassmentSeth Kantner