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Gov.-elect Bill Walker continued his efforts Thursday to assure the state’s resource industry that he is not their enemy, this time in a speech to the 35th annual conference of the Resource Development Council in Anchorage.
Richard Mauer
The home of the Iditarod has become the first place in Alaska to give dog mushing its own rule book, addressing everything from poop-scooping to people who try to harass dog teams on the trail.  
Zaz Hollander
A state prosecutor argued during opening statements Thursday in Anchorage Superior Court that Bukurim Miftari, 24, killed his girlfriend because he could not suppress emotions over their deteriorating relationship.
Jerzy Shedlock
The Arctic Policy Commission, tasked with guiding Alaska’s lawmakers on the needs and future of the state’s Arctic lands and waters, is finishing up two years of work and preparing to present its final recommendations to the state.
Carey Restino
Lynx are on a roughly six-year abundance cycle in the region, with populations tied to snowshoe hare numbers. Lynx populations drop within a few years after hare populations become scarce, according to Fish and Game.
Associated Press
The winter blast that buried Buffalo this week found reporters reaching for the record books to describe the snowstorm. But a record set in Alaska in 1963 has yet to claim top honors as the biggest snow day in U.S. history.WeatherDermot Cole
Unseasonably high temperatures across Alaska have raised concerns about flooding, early river break up and now, the Western Arctic Caribou Herd.WeatherJillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder
An Anchorage woman was shocked when she tried to buy tickets for Cirque du Soleil and found her bill ballooned with extra charges. She'd gone to a third-party ticket reseller instead of the venue's authorized seller. Here's how to avoid making the same mistake.CultureMike Dunham
On Tuesday, a federal grand jury in Anchorage handed up a 28-page indictment accusing XS Platinum and five executives of conspiring to violate the federal Clean Water Act and of falsifying compliance reports to the government. The five men – two Americans, two Australians and a Canadian – are scheduled to make their first court appearance Jan. 21.EnvironmentLisa Demer

Voices

Murkowski should help US take steps against climate change

OPINION: While the days of being tarred and feathered for believing in climate change are largely over, taking a strong stance on policies that contribute to climate change are far less popular. But Alaska's senior senator could lead the way.Carey Restino

Sports

East softball standout to follow fellow Alaskan to Division I Louisiana Tech

Taria Page, the 2014 Alaska Gatorade Softball Player of the Year, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Division I Louisiana Tech, where Anchorage's Pauline Tufi is already a star.Matt Tunseth

Culture

Buying tickets to a hotly anticipated show? Be wary of third-party vendors

An Anchorage woman was shocked when she tried to buy tickets for Cirque du Soleil and found her bill ballooned with extra charges. She'd gone to a third-party ticket reseller instead of the venue's authorized seller. Here's how to avoid making the same mistake.Mike Dunham

Arctic

Serious damage to drilling rig in Arctic Russia

Photos distributed by Greenpeace show that an Arctic storm earlier this month destroyed the helipad on a drilling rig operated by Gazprom Neft and set loose one of the facility's lifeboats. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer

Adventure

Kenai Peninsula lynx hunting, trapping on hold until 2020

Lynx are on a roughly six-year abundance cycle in the region, with populations tied to snowshoe hare numbers. Lynx populations drop within a few years after hare populations become scarce, according to Fish and Game.Associated Press

Nation/World

We Alaskans

The curse of the sandwich

A foiled attempt to dispose of a strong-smelling akutuq sandwich leads to decades of embarrassmentSeth Kantner