• From Kotzebue to Kenai Fjords and Skagway to Palmer, here's a selection of photos from ADN photographers and contributors. Above, anglers try their luck fishing from a boat at Cheney Lake in Anchorage.

Palmer residents apparently voted to ban commercial marijuana operations, according to early municipal election results, despite residents having voted in favor of legalizing pot when the issue came to a statewide vote last fall.
Zaz Hollander
In an advisory vote Tuesday, Bethel voters supported allowing alcohol sales for the first time in four decades -- and in two binding votes, backed big increases in the city sales tax if alcohol or marijuana are ever legally sold there.
Lisa Demer
A contentious Alaska Senate Finance Committee hearing this week highlighted what’s expected to be a major fight in next year’s legislative session over enacting new taxes or diverting money from Permanent Fund earnings.
Nathaniel Herz
A long-contentious plan to link Elmore Road and Bragaw Street in Anchorage was approved by the city's Planning and Zoning Commission late Monday night, with a few stipulations attached. 
Devin Kelly
In all three cases, the victims knew their abusers, APD says. All the suspects were in custody as of Tuesday evening, but based on their patterns of alleged behavior, APD believes they may have abused other children.
Megan Edge
Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly member Karl Kassel defeated state Rep. Tammie Wilson and two other candidates in the race for borough mayorFairbanksAlaska Dispatch News
Starting next year, Alaskans can become pharmacists without having to leave the state thanks to a new partnership between the University of Alaska Anchorage and Idaho State University.EducationTegan Hanlon
The Anchorage Assembly gave the Berkowitz administration the green light Tuesday to submit "one or more bids" for some or all of ConocoPhillips' interests in the Cook Inlet region. AnchorageDevin Kelly
Environmentalists who battled Arctic oil drilling by paddling kayaks, dangling from bridges and climbing onto rigs at sea have claimed a high-profile success against Shell and aim to funnel the resulting enthusiasm into other fights against fossil fuels.ArcticJennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle

News & Politics

Pebble-funded report questions ‘fairness’ of EPA’s mine veto

A report released Tuesday questions the fairness of the Environmental Protection Agency process that led to its pre-emptive decision to block a water discharge permit for the proposed Pebble mine in Alaska. Erica Martinson

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Bartlett's Falaniko, Chugiak's Harris lead all-CIC football picks

The East T-birds, the league's top seeds in the playoffs, led the all-conference team with eight first-team picks. Their coach, Jeff Trotter, was named co-coach of the year. Alaska Dispatch News


While short on icebreakers, US surpasses Russia in Arctic subs

Russia may have far more Arctic icebreakers than the U.S., but that shouldn't be cause for a security concern, argues one writer at Reuters, because the U.S. outnumbers Russia in other categories, such as Arctic-ready submarines. Alaska Dispatch News


  • The El Faro had no history of engine failure, officials said, and the vessel was modernized in 1992 and 2006. Company records show it underwent its last annual Coast Guard inspection in March.

  • The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison - the largest ever one-time release of federal prisoners - in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades.

We Alaskans

Homeless in Anchorage, caught in brutal grip of Spice

I saw the faces of people who have come here for a better life or a new chance, but now are struggling. I saw Native elders and their children, and young people. I saw people searching desperately for work, hoping for a way to sustain themselves. Craig Headley

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