A new review of the way the Anchorage School District manages its facilities operations makes 28 recommendations, including filling job vacancies on a timely basis after noting the top facilities position went unfilled for three years.
Tegan Hanlon
The Republican-controlled Alaska Senate on Tuesday passed a bill aimed at sidelining Gov. Bill Walker’s effort to take control of proposed backup gas pipeline from the North Slope.
Nathaniel Herz
Jonathan Escalante, a drug dealer nicknamed "Superman" and the leader of a theft ring who exchanged methamphetamine for stolen mail, has pleaded guilty to 16 federal charges.
Jerzy Shedlock
After regulators completed a second remedial study of environmental impacts that were supposed to be evaluated before exploration rights were auctioned off, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell ruled that the Chukchi Sea lease sale held seven years ago will stand.
Yereth Rosen
An Anchorage lawyer whose building adjoins the remade state legislative building downtown on Tuesday sued the state, contending that the lease for the remodeled Legislative Information Office is illegal, too expensive and should be declared “null and void.”
Lisa Demer
The old Swanson’s grocery store in Bethel will become the new-old Swanson’s, or at least that’s what people are calling it for now.EconomyLisa Demer
A season of danger on the Kuskokwim ice road and its branches isn’t over yet.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer
Ten weeks into the 13-week session, some legislators are still wrestling with the names of their colleagues, from Millett to Wielechowski to Vazquez.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
Maine lies some 1,500 miles south of the Arctic Circle, but it has strong connections to the Arctic -- and is hoping to play a bigger role in the region.ArcticAlaska Dispatch News

News & Politics

Alaska lawmakers divided on public spending for art

 A House committee took no action Tuesday on a bill that would eliminate the requirement to spend 1 percent of the total cost of a building on public art to go inside and outside that facility.Molly Dischner | Associated Press

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Notes: An Aces addition; Hickel, Cooper, Mazz updates; UAA's recent pros

Check out what's up in Alaska hockey -- we tour the Aces, Zoe Hickel at the Women's World Championship, Brian Cooper headed to the Frozen Four, how Nick Mazzolini's doing in Germany and how UAA's most recent pros are doing in the play-for-pay biz.Doyle Woody

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Review: Chorus trumps noisy crowd in Anchorage Symphony's glorious Beethoven's 9th

Crying babies and rude adults disrupted the audience, and maybe the musicians, at the Anchorage Symphony's performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, but a big chorus overrode the commotion and brought the work to a glorious close.Mike Dunham

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Could Maine become the nation's second 'Arctic' state?

Maine lies some 1,500 miles south of the Arctic Circle, but it has strong connections to the Arctic -- and is hoping to play a bigger role in the region.Alaska Dispatch News

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