A mother black bear and her four cubs known for rummaging through trash in the Anchorage neighborhood of Government Hill were saved from euthanization on Saturday by a phone call from Gov. Bill Walker to the commissioner of Fish and Game.  
Jeannette Lee Falsey
Addressing concerns over his gas line proposal, Gov. Bill Walker says a project serving as a backup to AKLNG is needed in part to ensure the state isn't locked into a bad long-term deal with the oil industry. 
Alex DeMarban
The shooting occurred at a home in the Montana Creek area of Talkeetna and involved two males, according to the troopers dispatch. 
Alaska Dispatch News
The shooting happened around 7:30 a.m. outside a home on the 1000 block of East 13th Avenue, according to the Anchorage Police Department. Police say the victim is in stable condition.
Alaska Dispatch News
The Dillingham City Council has been dealing with “housekeeping” items relating to marijuana -- including problems of public use and underage use -- but it has yet to delve into issues of commercial sales. Later this month, it will hold a series of meetings on the topic.
Hannah Colton | Bristol Bay Times
The state's plan to close the Alaska State Troopers post in Talkeetna for a savings of $80,000 a year is generating heated local criticism. Mat-SuZaz Hollander
With hundreds of dancers, drummers and singers, with 400 volunteers, with thousands of spectators, Bethel’s Cama-i Dance Festival kicked off Friday afternoon in a whirl of color and a steady beat of drums.
Lisa Demer
This group of a half-dozen were not on the trip to make measurements or otherwise perform science. They wanted to see, smell and slide across new country, about 200 miles that included two hot springs with tubs at Serpentine and Pilgrim.AdventureNed Rozell
Every year, a fraction of the Bristol Bay beluga whale population makes its way into a Southwest Alaska river, chasing rainbow smelt. For some Alaskans the whales are just a natural symphony in their backyard, but for one the whales are a way to put food on his family's table.  WildlifeMegan Edge

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With hundreds of dancers, drummers and singers, with 400 volunteers, with thousands of spectators, Bethel’s Cama-i Dance Festival kicked off Friday afternoon in a whirl of color and a steady beat of drums.
Lisa Demer

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Clean slate: Heading off with friends to ski across the Seward Peninsula

This group of a half-dozen were not on the trip to make measurements or otherwise perform science. They wanted to see, smell and slide across new country, about 200 miles that included two hot springs with tubs at Serpentine and Pilgrim.Ned Rozell

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Play about redemption and survival speaks to good and bad of Alaska village life

A play now on tour in Western Alaska, “The Winter Bear” uses humor and a depiction of both the good and bad of village Alaska to reach into the lives of those who see it. It's an effort intended to combat suicide through theater.Lisa Demer

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Permafrost 'carbon bomb' unlikely, but worries over northern thaw persist

Permafrost in the circumpolar north will likely continue to thaw and release carbon dioxide and methane, but at a gradual rate instead of as a "carbon bomb," said a study published recently in the journal Nature. Yereth Rosen

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We Alaskans

Walking a windswept 500 miles to Kotzebue with 2 kids

When we emerged from our underground bunker, snowdrifts were sculpted into concrete ribbons and arches, with funnel slides and fluted ridges reaching up to the tops of the ice castles.Erin McKittrick