Moda Health will resume selling and renewing policies in the individual and group markets under the Affordable Care Act, officials in Alaska and Oregon say.
Tegan Hanlon
The municipality of Anchorage will expand its stake in a Cook Inlet gas field in a $152 million deal with ConocoPhillips that also involves Chugach Electric Association, officials announced Monday.
Alex DeMarban
Alaska House Republicans are proposing to shut down all of their legislative business that doesn’t address the state’s massive budget deficit, with one lawmaker saying the problem requires “laser focus.”
Nathaniel Herz
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will not likely take action to pre-emptively block the massive Pebble Mine proposed in the Bristol Bay watershed, because of delays caused by a series of lawsuits, a top agency official said Monday.
Yereth Rosen
A federal lawsuit says a teacher in a Southwestern Alaska village became a target of hostility and harassment that escalated into men regularly banging on her door asking for sex. Eventually, the suit says, she was sexually assaulted.
Lisa Demer
The Democratic minorities in the Alaska House and Senate presented their Republican colleagues with a proposal Monday: Share some power with us, and we can fix the budget crisis together.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
Mike Hanley lost Alaska’s top education job for the same reason that makes sustained school improvement difficult: political interference.CommentaryCharles Wohlforth
Beaufort Sea polar bears equipped in 2014 and 2015 with Fitbit-like devices and neck cameras revealed their daily routines to scientists studying their food needs.WildlifeYereth Rosen
From the rural locations of many airports to the state's high cost of living, the Transportation Security Administration says hiring in Alaska is particularly challenging, with many positions open at more than a dozen airports.Alaska NewsHope Miller

News & Politics

Permanent Fund board plans meeting on budget legislation next week

The Alaska Permanent Fund board will meet next week for overviews of three pieces of legislation aimed at closing the state’s budget gap that would also affect how the fund’s earnings are spent.Nathaniel Herz

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Sass, getting sassy, pulls ahead of Moore, Neff in Yukon Quest

The young musher from Eureka pulled out of Circle City first, heading towards the jumble ice of the Yukon River.  Sass, Allen Moore of Two Rivers and  Hugh Neff of Tok are leading the racers toward Whitehorse. Casey Grove | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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2 prep hockey crowns await: State tournament matchups

Cook Inlet Conference playoff champion Chugiak, one of four CIC teams in the eight-team large-school field at the 2016 First National Cup, seeks its first state high school hockey championship since 2000.Alaska Dispatch News

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outlines Arctic 
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2015 saw increased attention paid to the Arctic from the state, the nation and the world. How does Gov. Bill Walker plan to respond to the rapid changes in the region?Shady Grove Oliver | The Arctic Sounder

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We Alaskans

Get down, fellow Alaskans, to some 'hardcore Alaska soft'

I live in Alaska. I kick butt and take names. And then I add them to my Instagram feed, so you can see photos of the smoked salmon strata I had for brunch.Geoff Kirsch

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