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A man attacked by a moose last year wants the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to issue up to 10 drawing permits for a Kincaid Park hunt, to be conducted in October when the park tends to attract fewer people and limited to hunters with at least a 70 percent physical disability.
Rick Sinnott
Anchorage Police say a woman in her 50s was killed in a vehicle-pedestrian collision at O'Malley Road and Main Tree Drive Sunday evening.
Alaska Dispatch News
No one was hurt in an overnight fire at the Nikaitchuq Operations Camp on Alaska's North Slope, according to Eni Petroleum, an Italian firm that operates the camp.
Michelle Theriault Boots
With a 2010 settlement reaching its expiration date, small producer Cook Inlet Energy is questioning a proposed rate increase for the 42-mile oil pipeline.
Eric Lidji | Petroleum News
The animals in one of North America’s largest caribou herds are an important resource for subsistence hunters and their families throughout the northern regions of Alaska, and they provide a source of income for guides and outfitters who bring hunters up from the Lower 48.
Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder
The last time the temperature was below zero in Anchorage, according to official weather station records, was Dec. 27, 2013. This year may mark the first time in history that Anchorage goes from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 without recording an official temperature below zero, the National Weather Service reported Sunday.WeatherMichelle Theriault Boots
December is the season of giving for Anchorage businesses, many of which have found their own unique ways to give back to the community -- and to provide opportunities for customers and employees to do the same.BusinessSean Doogan
OPINION: We must push past social discomforts surrounding darkness and loss in order to teach our children about that essential life skill, Hope, and to remind ourselves.CommentaryRev. Matt Schultz
A longtime Alaska composer won the Pulitzer Prize for music this year, and other highlights of 2014.CultureMike Dunham

Voices

After string of pedestrian deaths, 'Winter Walks' more relevant than ever

OPINION: Pedestrian culture is integral to a vibrant city, and it's the responsibility of our city to design city streets in a way that supports pedestrians at least as much as automobiles.Bree Kessler

News & Politics

Giving is holiday tradition for many Alaska businesses

December is the season of giving for Anchorage businesses, many of which have found their own unique ways to give back to the community -- and to provide opportunities for customers and employees to do the same.Sean Doogan

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Sports

Dimond girls open with win at Nevada hoops tournament

The Dimond girls basketball team posted a 68-51 win on Saturday in the opening round of the Gator Winter Classic in Henderson, Nevada. Alaska Dispatch News

Culture

New book documents Alaska Natives' early struggles for indigenous rights

A highly informative book examines how Alaska Natives fought for their rights, and the ways in which those efforts impacted the eventual statehood bill that admitted Alaska to the union, giving readers an appreciation for how the groundwork was laid for the landmark 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.David A. James

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

  • The sudden disappearance of AirAsia Flight 8501 and the search in the waters of Southeast Asia have brought to mind one of the greatest aviation mysteries of modern times: the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew aboard.

  • If the Taliban’s reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, were ever to assert himself more publicly, this would have been the year to do it. But through a season of immense upheaval in the jihadi world Omar has remained silent.

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