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James Donald Surrells robbed an East Anchorage branch of First National Bank Alaska on Aug. 13. Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of six years in prison after Surrells pleaded guilty to the robbery.
Jerzy Shedlock
Alaska saw some weird winter weather last month: rain, warmth and -- in the western part of the state -- a once-in-a-lifetime "thundersnow" event. 
Megan Edge
A Senate committee advanced legislation Tuesday that would eliminate daylight saving time in Alaska and allow for consideration of another time zone in the state.
Molly Dischner | Associated Press
Alaska House Speaker Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, introduced legislation Monday that would temporarily bar a state corporation from working on a state-sponsored pipeline intended primarily for shipping North Slope natural gas for export.
Nathaniel Herz
Traffic is moving again after car fire closed the Knik River Bridge in both directions for some time, the Anchorage Police Department said Tuesday morning.
Megan Edge
John Lackey of Anchorage rolled into McGrath Tuesday morning to win the first stage of the Iditarod Trail Invitational human-powered race in 1 day, 18 hours and 32 minutes -- about eight hours faster than any dog team has made the trip.  AdventureCraig Medred
A fresh new five-year plan for oil and gas leasing in the nation’s outer continental shelf features what federal officials hope will be a less controversial approach to oil exploration in Arctic waters, the Alaska director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Monday. EnergyYereth Rosen
In the wake of a spike of violent crime, eight volunteers who make up the recently formed community action group We Are Anchorage gathered Monday to encourage others to help foster safety in the city.AnchorageJerzy Shedlock
Although the Anchorage municipality is right next door to Chugach State Park, the rules that matter in the park are the state's, not Anchorage's. Highly InformedScott Woodham

News & Politics

Troopers: Police chase ends with suspect caught in cottonwood tree

Alaska State Troopers said a police chase in the Valley ended when the suspect was found by a K9 unit partway up a cottonwood tree. The Wasilla man was wanted on several outstanding warrants, including a previous charge of fleeing police, they said.Alaska Dispatch News

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Iditarod 2015

Ever wonder why mushers do what they do? How they endure the cold, and darkness for 1,000 miles along the Iditarod Trail? In 2014, Alaska Dispatch News created a musher profile series featuring some of the top Iditarod mushers in the state. Learn about their training methods, their dogs, and their unbridled determination.
Tara Young

Arctic

Risks too high with Rosneft, Norwegian drilling company says

A $4.1 billion deal with the Rosneft, announced last year, is now undermined by sanctions against Russia and other economic problems in that country, Norway's North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. says. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer

Nation/World

We Alaskans

Olive is growing up in Anchorage but she’s a daughter of the Tongass -- that fortress of towering spruce, cedar and hemlock, a rainforest that blankets the Southeast panhandle. She’s Tsimshian, a member of one of three Alaska tribes that have inhabited the place for thousands of years.