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In a step that promises to reshape the Fairbanks energy picture, a state agency has signed a letter of intent to purchase the small natural gas utility system there for $52.5 million, potentially fueled by natural gas supplies that would be trucked in. 
Dermot Cole
Despite the increasing popularity of youth shooting teams in the Mat-Su, the borough Assembly this week tabled a proposal to create a new shooting range near Big Lake over concerns about noise and the below-market offer for public property. 
Zaz Hollander
An inmate at the Anchorage Correctional Complex died early Wednesday after becoming combative and being restrained by correctional officers, Alaska State Troopers said.
Michelle Theriault Boots
A plan to allow oil major Royal Dutch Shell to use Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic drilling fleet is drawing opposition from environmental groups that say it's not consistent with the region's environmental goals.
Phuong Le
Logan Austin and Michael Bracht escaped custody one week apart earlier this month in Fairbanks. Alaska State Troopers consider both men to be "dangerous," and they remain at large.  
Megan Edge
The Anchorage Museum's popular Alaska Gallery will close for a year as it undergoes a $15 million major remodel and "reimagining" starting in late summer 2016.CultureMike Dunham
Legislators in Juneau are pondering ways to get leverage with the federal government, following White House announcements on Sunday and Tuesday about new protections from oil and gas exploration for land in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and waters in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux announced Wednesday that Judiciary Committee meetings dealing with a bill that would update Alaska's criminal marijuana statutes were nixed following controversy over provisions of the bill.Alaska NewsSuzanna Caldwell
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced Wednesday that a second test administered on a 1-year-old girl suspected to have measles came back negative, after an initial test returned a positive result.HealthTegan Hanlon

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The urgent need for a sustainable Alaska budget

OPINION: While Alaska could use more budget restraint, Gov. Walker is moving in the right direction. But people with vested interests in maintaining higher state spending oppose the effort.Brad Keithley


When surfcasting goes gonzo

For a group of Aussies, battling waves, rocks and sizeable tuna, sharks and cobia in New South Wales makes fishing a little more extreme. Tara Young


  • If you listen to climate change skeptics, Earth's surface hasn't warmed appreciably in the last 15 years, and any "record" set last year is just the result of the planet doing what the planet naturally does.It turns out they're right, but for the wrong reasons. 

  • Loretta E. Lynch, the nominee to become attorney general, on Wednesday defended the legality of President Barack Obama’s immigration policy during a daylong confirmation hearing Republicans used to seek assurances she would break from some of the practices of Eric H. Holder Jr., the man who now holds the post.

We Alaskans

What brought struggling artist Rockwell Kent to Alaska?

Artist Rockwell Kent's son Rocky would consider his months on Alaska's Fox Island perhaps the best time in his life. The experience was also life-changing for Kent, as the art and book he produced there finally gave him the fame and recognition he had craved.Doug Capra