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Alaska's federal defenders and prosecutors have started reviewing cases of drug offenders who are potentially eligible for early release thanks to changes made earlier this year to sentencing guidelines. 
Jerzy Shedlock
A long-awaited federal decision on the permits behind a proposed coal mine near Sutton upheld the permits, but upbraided the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. 
Zaz Hollander
The important oil and gas industry sector showed a gain of 386 jobs, or 2.8 percent. State economist Caroline Schultz said that the construction industry's growth of 979 jobs, or 6.6 percent, was largely a result of activity on the North Slope as well.
Pat Forgey
“I could see it coming and there wasn’t a dang thing I could do about it,” Karin Hendrickson said from a hospital bed Thursday, two days after being struck by an SUV while training her dog team along the Parks Highway.
Tegan Hanlon
Three municipalities within the Fairbanks North Star Borough will meet next week to discuss the new state law legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.
Associated Press
The young dancers who will perform in this weekend's "Nutcracker" are energetic, talented and passionate about their art. They're also very articulate and shared their thoughts about what it's like to be in the evergreen holiday ballet.CultureMike Dunham
Low-bush cranberries and wood frogs can both survive cold air, but each would die in a winter without snow. Temperatures about -12 F is their limit without the protection of a layer of insulation. ScienceNed Rozell
The practice of storytelling for friends and neighbors is alive and well in Alaska. In Anchorage, the "Arctic Entries" series draws sold-out crowds. In Fairbanks, a new venture called "Dark Winter Nights" attracted an overflow crowd to hear a mix of memorable tales.AdventureDermot Cole
After you have enjoyed a day of too much food, too much wine and (dare I say it?) too much family, give yourself a break. Food & DrinkMara Severin

News & Politics

North Pole sues Flint Hills, Williams over groundwater pollution at refinery site

The city of North Pole is suing refinery owner Flint Hills Alaska Resources and previous owner Williams Alaska Petroleum, blaming the companies for releasing hazardous substances, including sulfolane, into the groundwater beneath the refinery.Associated Press


10-year-old boy is unlikely Shootout hero

An Anchorage fifth-grader jumped into the spotlight on Wednesday during the championship game of the women's Great Alaska Shootout. Matt Tunseth


It's the pits: Growing houseplants from grocery store fruits and vegetables

I suppose I should applaud anyone who at least tries to grow something “unusual” from a seed or pit, and this is the time of year to try. What else is going on gardening-wise in your home?Jeff Lowenfels


Norwegian oil drillers seek way around sanctions against Russia

The North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. wants permission to complete the deal with Rosneft, which is acquiring 30 percent of the Norwegian company in exchange for drilling contracts and onshore drill rigs. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer


Alaska hunters beware: Bears could be following you

Montana researchers say they now have evidence grizzly bears in that state follow elk hunters hoping to scavenge their kills. At least, that's what one bear fitted with a GPS-tracking collar did. The scientists fitted 100 hunters and eight bears with GPS units. Craig Medred


We Alaskans

Natural food, unnatural shortages

Successful hunting and fishing in the Bering Sea have always depended on weather and ice conditions. But climate change is now disrupting the seasonal patterns and threatening the food sources -- and cultural traditions -- that St. Lawrence Islanders and other Natives have relied on for millennia.Elizabeth Grossman | High Country News