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Two people have fallen seriously ill as a botulism outbreak that could affect as many as 25 people in communities in the Bristol Bay region is monitored by health officials. The contamination appears to be linked to seal oil.
Dave Bendinger | KDLG News
A brief mystery surrounding the disappearance of a skiff used by monks living off the grid on an island in the Gulf of Alaska was resolved with help from two nun witnesses on a nearby island.
Alaska Dispatch News
Keith Cormican hopes his equipment, which can scan 200 feet of river bottom at a time and produce high-resolution images, will speed up the search and recovery effort for two travelers whose ATV was discovered under Kuskokwim River ice earlier this month.
Sean Doogan
A man who escaped an avalanche in the Alaska Range in early December returned to the site of the slide with another man to retrieve the body of Erik Peterson, who died in the avalanche.
Dermot Cole
A bulldozer being driven across the Nenana River at the town of Nenana plunged through ice at a spot that's traditionally used as an ice bridge. The driver wasn't reported injured.
Associated Press
The Alaska Bar Association's Ethics Committee has offered informal advice regarding personal use and other ethical issues attorneys may face as Alaska prepares to legalize recreational marijuana use and develop a marijuana industry.Marijuana Initiative 2014Laurel Andrews
If dogs, skis or snowmobiles interest you, the early October snow in the Interior probably excited you.  Then there was nothing. Even Paxson had a dry spell.   But, finally, the snow began to return. IditarodJohn Schandelmeier
Officially, there is no market this week. However, several vendors from the Center Market will be at the Mall at Sears to help last-minute shoppers. Food & DrinkSteve Edwards
The Bear Tooth Theatrepub says it will begin screening "The Interview," a comedy about the assassination of North Korea's leader, on Jan. 2 after national theater chains rejected the movie in the wake of the Sony Pictures hacking and threats against theaters that showed the film.Film & TVTegan Hanlon

News & Politics

Isolated monks on island near Kodiak have boat stolen, recovered

A brief mystery surrounding the disappearance of a skiff used by monks living off the grid on an island in the Gulf of Alaska was resolved with help from two nun witnesses on a nearby island.Alaska Dispatch News

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Sports

Tuesday night's speedskating results

Anna Rix  swept the women's division and Reagan Rice, John Mucha and Chuck Hansell split the men's during Alaska Speedskating Club races on Tuesday night.Alaska Dispatch News

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

  • Green energy industries have become mainstream businesses with the political clout to match the fossil fuel industry and big electric utilities in many statehouses, and they are using that influence to defend the renewable energy standards in place in 31 states and the District of Columbia.

  • A white police officer in suburban St. Louis fatally shot a 18-year-old black man who pointed a gun at him outside a gas station Tuesday night, the authorities said.

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