Lawmakers on Thursday again delayed a final decision on whether they should stay in their renovated Anchorage offices or decamp to a state-owned building elsewhere downtown — prolonging an already lengthy debate over the expensive lease.
Nathaniel Herz
The North Slope Borough says Vincent Nageak III, chief of the Barrow Volunteer Fire Department, confronted borough police officers and pointed a shotgun at them before an officer fatally shot him on Wednesday.
Chris Klint
The state board has already approved a measure to allow stores to include a space specifically for smoking or consuming marijuana, like a bar or café. But what should that space actually be like?
Laurel Andrews
Anchorage voters will see an initiative targeting the calculation for the city's tax cap on the April ballot. 
Devin Kelly
Arthur Keyes made his name as a tireless farm promoter who helped start several markets. He replaces a Palin appointee whom Gov. Bill Walker last year asked to leave the position. 
Zaz Hollander
Mushers need straw — lots of straw — for their dogs during the Iditarod, and on Thursday roughly 50 volunteers in Anchorage carried, bagged and stacked about 1,500 bales of it for the 1,000-mile race to Nome. IditarodTegan Hanlon
The ex-wife of the defendant in a $52 million criminal fraud case filled in more of the story Thursday with testimony about lavish spending, a family trip to Disney World in the corporate jet and a backdated $2.6 million promissory note that she called a lie.Crime & JusticeLisa Demer
The Mat-Su Assembly learned this week that repairs to the engines of the borough’s beleaguered, never-used ferry could cost nearly three times more than expected -- $3 million instead of $1.1 million.Mat-SuZaz Hollander
A new five-year plan to aid recovery of the endangered Cook Inlet beluga population includes further research on underwater noise in the whales' Southcentral Alaska waters, considers noise restrictions in the Susitna River delta and seeks to improve responses to strandings.WildlifeYereth Rosen

News & Politics

For the first time, researchers have documented algae-related toxins in Arctic sea mammals

A decade's worth of sampling has revealed the presence of algae-related toxins in marine mammals in the Arctic Ocean, a new study finds -- the farthest north these toxins, associated with warmer waters, have ever been found.Yereth Rosen

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Right-size government and the Alaska budget follies

Senate President Kevin Meyer says the consistent message from Alaskans is to make government the right size. But what does that mean? “That number, we don’t know," he said.Dermot Cole

Adventure

For Alaska runners, more races, more frills, more expense

Many Southcentral Alaska races have grown in popularity while more and more new races crop up ever year. That leaves stalwart Alaska racers with more options than ever while the bar of entry for new racers or would-be runners feels lower and less scary. Alli Harvey

Arctic

Russia to present revised UN claim to Arctic Ocean seabed

A senior Russian government official on Tuesday formally presented to the United Nations his country’s claim to Arctic Ocean seabed, including an area under the North Pole.Andrew E. Kramer | The New York Times

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We Alaskans

Intensely Inuit: Photographer captures life in remote Alaska

With "I am Inuit," a follow-up to his "I am Alaskan" series, photographer Brian Adams will spend a year visiting some 20 Alaska villages to deliver a portrait of the people and places of rural Alaska. Tara Young

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