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Michael Memeo, 46, made an initial court appearance Wednesday at the Nesbett Courthouse on charges of murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Irma Williams in September. A Superior Court judge entered not guilty pleas for all of the charges on Memeo’s behalf.
Jerzy Shedlock
The office was created in a 2004 law aimed at helping advance an Alaska gas pipeline project that would serve North American markets. That project, however, was scrapped amid changes in the market.
Becky Bohrer | Associated Press
An investigating village public safety officer followed footprints in the snow to the home of two suspects in a burglary and vandalism at the Togiak medical clinic -- vandalism that knocked out the building's communication and electrical systems.
Dave Bendinger | KDLG News
A crash in northwest Montana, near Flathead Lake killed 33-year-old Brett Thoft of Wasilla, and injured the passenger, local authorities said. 
Zaz Hollander
An ordinance that would have banned commercial marijuana in Anchorage failed after four hours of public testimony and debate in Assembly chambers Tuesday night. Several Assembly members expressed concern that a ban would disconnect them from conversations regarding marijuana regulations at the state level.  
Suzanna Caldwell
The question of which nation should supply the steel for a $10 million Alaska ferry dock planned in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, has escalated into a dispute between U.S. and Canadian trade protection policies.Alaska NewsPat Forgey
While the Arctic in 2014 continued its long-term warming, much of the rest of the world was struck by wacky and extreme weather, and studies are underway to determine whether the trends are related, said scientists who released an annual report on the Arctic on Wednesday. ArcticYereth Rosen
A stretch of Providence Drive through the University of Alaska Anchorage will be closed for two weeks starting this weekend as crews erect a pedestrian bridge linking two campus buildings.AnchorageDevin Kelly
A Fairbanks couple received an unprecedented double honor on Tuesday, when the state arts council announced that Margo Klass will receive the Governors Award for the Arts Individual Artist Award and her husband, author Frank Soos, will become the state's Writer Laureate.ArtsMike Dunham

Voices

A sea tale: Life aboard a tramper, remembered after Bering Sea sinking

OPINION: Reading the sad story of the sinking of the Oryong 501, I am reminded again of how little the working conditions have changed aboard the Oryong 501s of the world.Capt. Pete Garay

News & Politics

Portion of Providence Drive to close for 2 weeks for bridge construction

A stretch of Providence Drive through the University of Alaska Anchorage will be closed for two weeks starting this weekend as crews erect a pedestrian bridge linking two campus buildings.Devin Kelly

Sports

UAA women reach highest ranking since 2009

The UAA women's basketball team is ranked No. 3 in the most recent Division II national poll, the team's highest ranking since the 2008-09 season. Alaska Dispatch News

Arctic

Annual Arctic Report Card details continued warming on land and sea

While the Arctic in 2014 continued its long-term warming, much of the rest of the world was struck by wacky and extreme weather, and studies are underway to determine whether the trends are related, said scientists who released an annual report on the Arctic on Wednesday. Yereth Rosen

Adventure

Making a stand on hunting for food, not entertainment

Respect the animal you want to eat. Hunting can mean a great day in the backcountry, moving through the Alaska winter wonderland on snowshoes or a snowmobile, excited about fresh caribou tracks. Doubtless, this is enjoyable. But remember what is fun for you, is life and death for the caribou. John Schandelmeier

Nation/World

We Alaskans

Just wait -- that dreaded fruitcake will eventually look delicious

Eager to please, I tried mother’s fruitcake every year and just about every year there would be a neglected slice on the fruitcake plate with one bite taken out. As the youngest, the baby, I will admit that the thing I wanted most was to put a smile on Mom’s face and continue to be her favorite.Laureli Ivanoff