If you guessed the tripod on the Tanana River would stop the clock at 2:25 p.m. AST on April 24, you'll get the $330,330 jackpot -- or at least part of it.
Dermot Cole
The furloughs for 167 employees in leadership positions throughout the university system are a response to the state budget crisis, said university President Pat Gamble.
Jeannette Lee Falsey
At least two officer vehicles were damaged during Friday morning's motorhome chase, Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters said. 
Laurel Andrews
Anchorage residents could face fines under an order from the Anchorage Fire Department banning open outdoor fires until weather conditions improve.
Megan Edge
Jon Nauman, owner of Chugiak's Horse Drawn Carriage Company and a familiar face in downtown Anchorage, was seriously injured in a training accident earlier this month.
Suzanna Caldwell
David Edgecombe and his wife, actress Elizabeth Ware, have been involved in at least 100 plays in Alaska. Now they’re going out with a bang -- or at least a bloody knife: a production of Shakespeare’s “Scottish play” directed by Edgecombe and featuring Ware in the role of Lady Macbeth.ArtsMike Dunham
After a neighborhood cleanup in Government Hill, the black bears have left, at least for now, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said. WildlifeMegan Edge
"Tundra" cartoonist Chad Carpenter's wacky film about a killer moose terrifying a quirky Alaska town will open at Valley Cinema in Wasilla on Friday, April 24.Film & TVMike Dunham
If you have two weeks to plan, you can fly cheap, especially to the West Coast.TravelScott McMurren

News & Politics

Investigative records suggest loose operations a factor in fatal St. Mary's plane crash

Serious operational flaws within Hageland Aviation -- by far the biggest airline in Alaska in terms of flights -- and struggles within the Federal Aviation Administration contributed to a crash in 2013 near St. Mary’s that killed four people, documents released Thursday suggest.Lisa Demer

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Without special session, Alaska Legislature acting above the law

OPINION: The Legislature's failure to declare a special session means Alaskans must rise and demand that the Legislature cease all regular session business and do the lawful thing.Tara Jollie

Adventure

Where grayling are ginormous

Whopping, bottom-feeding grayling are not the bright, pretty fish that come from Denali Highway streams. They tend toward gunmetal gray with dull, pinkish spots on the dorsal fin. However, anytime you can catch a grayling over a pound and a half, it is a beautiful fish.John Schandelmeier

Culture

‘Macbeth’ will be theater couple’s Alaska swan song

David Edgecombe and his wife, actress Elizabeth Ware, have been involved in at least 100 plays in Alaska. Now they’re going out with a bang -- or at least a bloody knife: a production of Shakespeare’s “Scottish play” directed by Edgecombe and featuring Ware in the role of Lady Macbeth.Mike Dunham

Arctic

Alaska stands to benefit as US takes reins of Arctic Council

The U.S. will take over chairmanship of the Arctic Council on Friday, a change that will put Alaska at center stage for the council's focus on such things as climate change and Arctic infrastructure. Alex DeMarban

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We Alaskans

Moose hunting with mom

Can a federal biologist, six months pregnant, with a 2-year-old along on a family hunting trip with her bush pilot husband, find a way to take a moose in the Middle Yukon?Christine Cunningham