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The owner and operator of Paradise Inn stands accused of selling a pound of methamphetamine to an FBI informant in the basement of his Anchorage business. The drug deal was recorded by a wire, according to a federal criminal complaint.
Jerzy Shedlock
The last of three federal defendants who pleaded guilty this year to Clean Air Act violations  at a Dutch Harbor seafood plant -- including failing to operate emissions control systems and lying on government-required reports -- was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation.
Jerzy Shedlock
A 49-year-old Palmer man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 50 years in prison for sexually exploiting two children more than a decade ago. Prosecutors said Robert Cunningham used his large physique and a tank of nitrous oxide to make his victims cooperate.
Jerzy Shedlock
Expecting high demand for peak travel months in 2015, Denali National Park and Preserve will soon be opening the early reservation process for the park's four major campgrounds and its shuttle service. 
Megan Edge
A 40-acre chunk of hayfield near the Palmer fairgrounds once eyed for an industrial training center is now protected by a conservation easement that preserves the land for farming. 
Zaz Hollander
The hacking cough. The sneezes. The sore throat. If you’re among the people who are trying to fend off these and other symptoms, you’re not alone. The flu has made its way into more Alaska households than usual for the start of the holiday season. HealthJill Burke
Opposition to a number of sales tax proposals in the Alaska community of Nome was widespread at Monday's city council meeting, with a proposal that would remove a sales tax exemption for churches and nonprofits dying on the table.Alaska NewsMatthew F. Smith | KNOM
Alyeska won't be opening on Thanksgiving Day as planned. Little snowfall and warm temperatures have kept the base of the mountain bare and dangerous for those hoping to hit the slopes. OutdoorsMegan Edge
 Bethel’s tiny 6-year-old public bus system is in danger of shutting down just as it is about to really get going. This month, the City Council learned the Bethel tribe will no longer match funds, leaving the city is scrambling to come up with the money.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer

News & Politics

Federal judge sides with Pebble to halt EPA mine action for now

A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of the Pebble mine project and put a temporary halt on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to protect the salmon-rich Bristol Bay watershed.Lisa Demer

Culture

Researchers identify species, last meal of ancient Alaska marine reptile

Sixty-four years after it was discovered in the Arctic, a giant, prehistoric marine reptile has finally been positively identified. The University of Alaska scientist who led the research team says the particularly exciting thing about the find is the presence of the animal's "last meal" still inside the skeleton.Mike Dunham

Arctic

Polar Sea: Major new Arctic adventure, science, social documentary series

A new documentary series chronicling a Northwest Passage sailing adventure also highlights changes happening in the Arctic because of a warimng climate. Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International

Adventure

Sharpen your blades: Backcountry skating in Southcentral Alaska doesn't get much better

Ice-covered lakes are not unusual this time of year in Alaska. What is unusual is the lack of snow on top of the ice, leaving backcountry skaters such as Anchorage’s Kevin Turinsky a little gaga. “Yesterday, we went to Nancy Lake, and the conditions were just sublime," he said.   Brian Brettschneider

Nation/World

  • Gov. Jay Nixon said early Tuesday that he would meet with law enforcement and National Guard officials seeking to quell the violence that gripped Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager.

  • Twice a week ships leave Tacoma bound for Alaska, carrying everything from food and clothing, to Xboxes and construction materials. With more than 70 percent of water-bound goods to Alaska crossing the Tacoma docks, the slowdown related to ongoing contract negotiations could have left stores across the 49th state bare.

We Alaskans

Faith and fate: Deacon survives brush with death

Deacon and former big-game guide Curt Leuenberger, just 52, was laid low when his kidneys began to fail. Despite going into a coma, he eventually rallied to survive after two transplants.   Joel Davidson | Catholic Anchor