Serious failures within the Department of Corrections in three separate incidents involving inmate discipline raise questions about the ability of the department to treat inmates fairly and properly handle offenses, a state watchdog has found.
Lisa Demer
A deal earlier this year would have asked voters to strip the 191-acre Point Woronzof Park of parkland status so it could be traded to the airport for a snow dump and approximately 500 acres of new parkland and neighborhood buffers. 
Devin Kelly
A federal jury has found an employee of a Tennessee-based telecommunications company guilty of bribing a public official with thousands of dollars to accept faulty work at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Tegan Hanlon
The remains of a 55-year-old Anchorage man who went missing in his kayak this week were discovered Friday morning floating near the western shore of Cook Inlet near Tyonek, the Coast Guard reported.
Megan Edge
Two people died in house fires in communities in Southcentral and Southwest Alaska on Thursday, and authorities warned Alaskans to check home heating devices as cooler weather arrives.
Megan Edge
One tank on a double-tanker fuel truck caught fire near the Parks and Glenn highway interchange Friday afternoon, diverting northbound traffic to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.Alaska NewsZaz Hollander,Megan Edge
OPINION: In a commentary exclusive to Alaska Dispatch News, President Barack Obama argues that the experiences of Alaskans should underscore the urgency that Americans lead the world on climate change and clean energy technology.CommentaryPresident Barack Obama
Alaskans love to show off their state and the growing number of T-shirt vendors at the Alaska State Fair means there's a style for everyone.BusinessSuzanna Caldwell
A Texan identified only by their initials added fuel to the fire of Alaska and Ohio's mountain name debate by starting a White House petition to rename an Ohio peak. Alaska NewsMegan Edge

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Encouraging signs as Alaska's duck-hunting season kicks off

Favorable weather much of the year for waterfowl appears to have benefited Alaska's hatch-year birds. The wetlands of the 49th state produce, on average, 12 million ducks and more than a million geese each year.    Joseph Robertia


Chris Thompson: AFACT celebrates Medicaid expansion

Last Saturday I attended an interfaith prayer vigil and Medicaid expansion celebration held at St. Anthony Catholic Church. It was a service with much prayer, music, scriptural readings, and a sermonette. It felt like a church service, but with a distinct purpose.Chris Thompson


Coast Guard identifies worst potential oil spills in Arctic

The Coast Guard will present worst-case scenarios for drilling and shipping in the Arctic to the Emergency Prevention Preparedness and Response working group of the Arctic Council later this month.Kamala Kelkar


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For 1923 visit to Alaska, White House shipped tablecloths, sheets to roadhouses

Herbert Hoover, the future president, wrote later that President Warren Harding was ill at ease on the Alaska trip, and insisted on playing bridge from just after breakfast until midnight. Hoover, then the secretary of commerce, was one of four other bridge players on the ship. "For some reason I developed a distaste for bridge on this journey and never played it again," Hoover said. Dermot Cole

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