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Medics and police responded to the Spenard Motel in June and found Aaron Vanormer’s 2-month-old baby dead. Vanormer was not charged with any crime after an initial interview, but is now wanted on a $50,000 arrest warrant stemming from a manslaughter charge filed in Superior Court.
Jerzy Shedlock
A much-anticipated study on sulfolane pollution levels tends to back up the position taken by Flint Hills, concluding that a much higher level in the ground below North Pole should be considered safe than that proposed by the state.
Dermot Cole
Alaska State Troopers said two women were seriously injured -- one with life-threatening injuries -- on Christmas afternoon after being struck while trying to jump start a stalled pickup beside the Sterling Highway near Ninilchik.
Alaska Dispatch News
As the population in Mat-Su has exploded, so too has the number of businesses providing bus service, prompting a state mandate to consolidate or risk losing crucial federal grant money.  
Zaz Hollander
A 25-year-old woman told police she shot and killed her older cousin in Fairbanks on Wednesday after the cousin tried to kick the woman out of her apartment, according to charging documents filed in Fairbanks court.
Nathaniel Herz
So far, new Gov. Bill Walker’s high-level appointees haven’t skewed to one party or the other -- and a top aide coordinating the transition says that in some conversations about prospective appointees, Walker hasn’t even known their party affiliation. But that hasn't stemmed criticism, especially from some Republicans.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
Cottonwood Creek, a pretty waterway flowing through the heart of Wasilla, is paying the price for its urban setting. The creek is the first in the Valley to exceed state fecal bacteria standards linked to horses, dogs -- and, of course, people. Mat-SuZaz Hollander
After more than three decades as Barrow’s one and only Superior Court judge, Michael Jeffery is hanging up his robe.Crime & JusticeJerzy Shedlock
By the time New Year’s Eve comes rolling in, if you’re like me, you might be over the meatiness of the holidays. Just in time for New Year’s, some friends shared some of their beautiful fish from this summer’s catch.Food & DrinkKim Sunée

News & Politics

High-tech help on the way for crews seeking 2 missing in Kuskokwim River

Keith Cormican hopes his equipment, which can scan 200 feet of river bottom at a time and produce high-resolution images, will speed up the search and recovery effort for two travelers whose ATV was discovered under Kuskokwim River ice earlier this month.Sean Doogan

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The UAA Cheerleaders performed during the Seawolves' 80-58 home victory over Portland Bible at the Alaska Airlines Center on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.


Russian air activity near northern Norway no higher now than in other years

Despite heightened tensions and some well-publicized recent incidents, Russian incursions into airspace near Nordic countries are no more frequent now than in 2012 or 2013, Norwegian military officials say.Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer


Now's the time to reserve a dream Alaska public-use cabin for midsummer

If you’re like me, you often visit the reservations sites too late to score a good cabin. It pays to plan and, luckily, with hundreds of cabins to choose across Alaska, there are still plenty available if you book now.  Alli Harvey


  • Long before revelations in the spring that the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix had manipulated waiting lists to hide that veterans were facing long delays to see doctors, senior department officials in Washington had been made aware of serious problems at the hospital, according to filings before a federal administrative board.

  • A paleo-geologist sifts sand and coral deposits for clues to tsunami patterns in Aceh, the epicenter of the Dec 26, 2004 earthquake. Indonesians are marking the 10-year anniversary of the country's deadliest natural disaster.

We Alaskans

Denali dilemma: Can Dan Sullivan get Mount McKinley renamed?

Alaskans of any political persuasion can agree that we should get to name our own state’s highest mountain, currently misnamed Mount McKinley. And Sen.-elect Sullivan is uniquely positioned to do something about it.Rick Sinnott