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Kellen Katcheak was driving a new snowmachine back home to Stebbins across frozen Norton Sound. But near the mouth of the Golsovia River, he and the machine plunged into the water.  
Tegan Hanlon
The events will be on five consecutive Saturdays starting Jan. 3 in Valdez, followed by Juneau, Nome, Fairbanks and Anchorage. The last two are Feb. 6 in Wasilla and March 7 in Ketchikan. 
Nathaniel Herz
Republican leaders in the Alaska Legislature are asking new Gov. Bill Walker to quickly cut the budget as falling oil prices lead the state to a projected $3.5 billion budget gap.
Nathaniel Herz
Citing improper jury instruction, the state's Court of Appeals has reversed a Sitka man's 2010 conviction of sexual assault.
Jerzy Shedlock
Medics and police responded to a Spenard Motel in June and found Aaron Vanormer’s 2-month-old baby dead. Vanormer is now wanted on a $50,000 arrest warrant stemming from a manslaughter charge filed in Superior Court.
Jerzy Shedlock
The National Marine Fisheries Service has decided not to list a prized 6-inch Pacific marine snail -- once commercially harvested in Alaska -- as endangered or threatened.EnvironmentAssociated Press
Will you embark on a spiritual journey next year? A special quest? Plan now for the year ahead. TravelScott McMurren
OPINION: World War I has been called the great war. It was -- for the development of aviation, for the young Americans who took to the exhilarating if unsubstantial air.VoicesMichael Carey
It's been my habit to vent a bit in the last column of the year. I suspect this year's comments might be a bit more controversial than others. I hope not.GardeningJeff Lowenfels

News & Politics

Fecal bacteria in Wasilla's urban waterway triggers action

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. Zaz Hollander

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Sports

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

Arctic

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

Adventure

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

Nation/World

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