Claudia Kuzakin, 39, was killed Friday morning in the Mountain View neighborhood in what appeared to be a hit-and-run incident, Anchorage police said. No suspected had yet been identified.
Jerzy Shedlock
The Transocean Polar Pioneer began drilling late Thursday afternoon at Royal Dutch Shell's Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, according to company officials. Shell is allowed to drill the upper, non-hydrocarbon-bearing zone without its icebreaker present.
Yereth Rosen
Attorney General Craig Richards in an opinion issued Thursday said that law enforcement officers must enforce tribal protective orders just as if they came from an Alaska court.
Lisa Demer
2015 is unlikely to set a new low record for Arctic sea ice extent, according to a fresh analysis. But rapid melting in July offset earlier growth in new sea ice in the region. 
Alaska Dispatch News
Some of Alaska’s social services agencies said this week they’re barely scraping by in the face of delayed grant funding by the state brought on by the late budget from the Legislature and a new state computer accounting system. 
Devin Kelly
The song-and-dance spectacle for performers ages 6 to 18 has survived so many seasons -- this will be its 34th -- that many of today’s performers are the sons and daughters of participants from previous years.MusicMike Dunham
OPINION: The Senate Finance Committee contracted for a written report on Medicaid that was to be completed by the end of April. That it didn’t get written is in keeping with the legislative pattern of posturing and delay on Medicaid expansion.CommentaryDermot Cole
Authorities moved protesters from a bridge and from the Willamette River on Thursday after they temporarily prevented a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving dry dock and joining an Arctic oil-drilling operation.EnergyHal Bernton, Evan Bush | The Seattle Times
A social media war is brewing in South Anchorage Senate district where Jeff Landfield is challenging Sen. Lesil McGuire in the 2016 Republican primary.PoliticsDevin Kelly

News & Politics

Joshua Almeda pleads guilty in 2014 killing of Breanna Moore

Joshua Almeda, 24, showed little emotion in an Anchorage courtroom Thursday as he admitted killing his girlfriend Breanna Moore last year. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, a charge that carries up to 99 years in prison.Jerzy Shedlock

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Medicaid expansion and reform: Separating wheat from chaff

OPINION: Alaska should ignore the huffy-puffy political talk and create a citizens' oversight panel to monitor, verify and report on the progress of Medicaid expansion and reform.Tara Jollie

Adventure

Nervy bikers can zoom downhill (and ride up) on 3 courses at Alyeska

Beginners would do well to stick to easier trails around the Bear Cub Quad until they’ve mastered the basics of hurtling downhill on two wheels. Trails reached from the other two lifts -- Ted’s Express and the Glacier Bowl Express -- are more suitable for intermediate and advanced riders.  Lisa Maloney

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Gambell basketball player chooses between hometown team and Seattle offer

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Convergent spirits: Paintings by 2 hiking buddies express Alaska in realistic and abstract art

Steve Gordon paints realistic landscapes, James Temte does abstracts. But they have been exploring Alaska together and will show their diverse impressions in an upcoming two-man show.Mike Dunham

Arctic

Shell resumes drilling in Alaska's Arctic waters for first time since 2012

The Transocean Polar Pioneer began drilling late Thursday afternoon at Royal Dutch Shell's Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, according to company officials. Shell is allowed to drill the upper, non-hydrocarbon-bearing zone without its icebreaker present.Yereth Rosen

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We Alaskans

Besieged by blood-sucking bugs in Dillingham

Having endured a string of buggy summers on the Kenai Peninsula, I wondered what greater torment Bristol Bay could offer. But accounts of nasty hordes of noseeums, white socks and mosquitoes around King Salmon gave me pause. Clark Fair