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The conservative group Americans for Prosperity, founded by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, brought national politics into the Anchorage mayoral race this week by running ads tying candidate Ethan Berkowitz to President Obama.
Devin Kelly
The Virginia consulting firm that worked on U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan’s successful campaign last year is opening an office in Alaska and completing an agreement to be the lead strategist for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s re-election bid.
Nathaniel Herz
A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and killed at Benson Boulevard and the Seward Highway on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Jerzy Shedlock
A man who led authorities on a pursuit along the Seward and Sterling highways over the weekend and escaped custody by fleeing into the woods was arrested Wednesday in Wasilla, after the official search for him had been called off.
Megan Edge
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, and Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent who is part of the Senate’s Democratic minority, are launching a U.S. Senate Arctic Caucus to raise awareness of the region among their colleagues as the U.S. prepares to chair the Arctic Council.
Yereth Rosen
The Alaska Department of Transportation is proposing a landing fee at the Deadhorse Airport, the aviation hub for the North Slope's oil industry, and some stakeholders aren't pleased with the idea.BusinessJeannette Lee Falsey
The Anchorage Education Association couldn't decide between endorsing Ethan Berkowitz or Andrew Halcro for mayor of Alaska's largest city, so it picked both.AnchorageDevin Kelly
Without federal action, Shell’s oil and gas leases in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's northern coast will begin expiring in 2017, followed by its drilling rights in the neighboring Chukchi Sea two years later. EnergyJennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle
Alaska parents want to know the best places to watch Iditaraod team after team trot by, while allowing wiggly kids to play over the hours it takes all 78 teams to run by.IditarodErin Kirkland

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Iditarod 2015

Fewer checkpoints, wild weather could be obstacles in rerouted Iditarod

With technical obstacles like the Dalzell Gorge and Happy River Steps gone from this year's rerouted Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, weather is likely to be the biggest potential hazard.Suzanna Caldwell

Culture

Reality Check: What is it about Alaska reality shows that keeps non-Alaskans tuning in?

"Deadliest Catch" is the gateway drug of Alaska reality TV shows, and Lower 48ers are just as skeptical of “Alaskan Bush People” as cranky Alaskans.Emily Fehrenbacher

Arctic

Murkowski, King seek to enlist other senators in an Arctic caucus

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, and Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent who is part of the Senate’s Democratic minority, are launching a U.S. Senate Arctic Caucus to raise awareness of the region among their colleagues as the U.S. prepares to chair the Arctic Council.Yereth Rosen

Nation/World

We Alaskans

Longing for fresh water and the ornery ice finally melting

The only pull of nostalgia I get from leaving the winter water system behind is mothballing our old-fashioned pitcher-pump until the next fall. Over the years, the pump has been patched by welds, repainted and has seen more replacement gaskets than the old 1967 Rambler station wagon that was my first car.Steve Kahn