There's enough snow to start the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to Nome in Willow on March 6, the day after a scheduled ceremonial start in Anchorage, the race board decided Friday.  
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Clark Dixon, former host of the Sportsman Channel show “Syndicate Hunting,” was sentenced Thursday in Anchorage federal court to 16 months in prison for years of illegal hunting in Noatak National Preserve.
Jerzy Shedlock
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
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 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.
Lisa Demer
The Anchorage Downtown Partnership reports it has seen an increase of aggression, and in some cases violence, from Anchorage’s homeless, especially young adults and teens.
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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
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.WildlifeYereth Rosen
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

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Sitka settles with young man repeatedly hit with stun gun in jail

The city of Sitka has agreed to pay $350,000 to resolve a complaint threatening a lawsuit over the 2014 arrest of a man who was forcibly subdued in the city jail.The Associated Press

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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

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Intensely Inuit: Photographer captures life in remote Alaska

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