• A crowd of people in orange shirts gathered at Clark Middle School on Saturday to promote awareness about Down syndrome. It is the 15th year for the Buddy Walk in Anchorage, which pushes for both acceptance and inclusion. 

    Shelby Lum
Short-term weather systems and long-term climate warming are combining to create conditions ripe for another non-wintery Alaska winter.
Yereth Rosen
Troopers closed the Seward Highway near the Portage Glacier turnoff for about 10 hours Friday when one man was killed and at least three other people were critically injured in a crash involving a tour bus and at least six other vehicles.
Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska teachers who want to supervise student teachers this coming school year must have at least one year of experience in their school districts and three years of experience total, according to regulation changes adopted by the state.
Tegan Hanlon
The Anchorage School District says a plastic slide melted and other playground equipment burned when a fire ignited Saturday morning at Alpenglow Elementary School in Eagle River.
Tegan Hanlon
State records show Walter Palmer has held hunting and fishing licenses in Minnesota, Florida and Alaska, and he claims to have killed a polar bear.
Matt Delong | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Looking to make the most of your days off? Here are our picks for weekend events in Anchorage.CultureAlaska Dispatch News
After setting traps in trees to catch flying squirrels, Link Olson was surprised to find northern red-backed voles instead. The curator of mammals at the University of Alaska Museum knew a bit about voles, but couldn't remember a sentence about their ability to climb. ScienceNed Rozell
Treasured for its grassy expanses, the Delaney Park Strip serves as the southern border to downtown Anchorage. It’s hard to imagine playing in a place with more varied or stunning backdrops. SportsBeth Bragg
Jose Vasquez was recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday for helping save the other three passengers despite his own injuries in the Wings of Alaska crash near Juneau.Alaska NewsLisa Phu | KTOO News

News & Politics

Sheep Mountain Lodge changes ownership

Former owner Zach Steer, an Iditarod musher, said the lodge, which includes 11 cabins, a restaurant, guest house and employee living areas, has been sold to two Alaska couples.Sean Doogan

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Nervy bikers can zoom downhill (and ride up) on 3 courses at Alyeska

Beginners would do well to stick to easier trails around the Bear Cub Quad until they’ve mastered the basics of hurtling downhill on two wheels. Trails reached from the other two lifts -- Ted’s Express and the Glacier Bowl Express -- are more suitable for intermediate and advanced riders.  Lisa Maloney


From broomsticks to baby cobras, Wednesdays at the Park Strip offer something for everyone

Treasured for its grassy expanses, the Delaney Park Strip serves as the southern border to downtown Anchorage. It’s hard to imagine playing in a place with more varied or stunning backdrops. Beth Bragg


New Russian spy ship to keep tabs on Norway

The Yuri Ivanov will patrol in the Arctic and keep a close eye on neighbor and NATO member Norway. It has taken Russia 11 years to complete the vessel which will become the Northern Fleet’s new key instrument in monitoring Arctic waters.Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer


We Alaskans

Besieged by blood-sucking bugs in Dillingham

Having endured a string of buggy summers on the Kenai Peninsula, I wondered what greater torment Bristol Bay could offer. But accounts of nasty hordes of noseeums, white socks and mosquitoes around King Salmon gave me pause. Clark Fair