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Officials say the state might have to repay tens of millions of dollars to the federal government if it wants to kick the Juneau Access Road and the Knik Arm Crossing to the curb.   
Alex DeMarban
In a rare bit of good financial news for Gov. Bill Walker and state budget writers, the soaring health care costs of recent years appear to have leveled off. Next year, they're even projected to go down slightly.
Pat Forgey
Efforts to move forward with Arctic priorities got a boost with the passage of the federal spending bill last week, which included items Alaska’s lawmakers are calling vital to the Arctic. 
Carey Restino
Alaska State Troopers said 32-year-old Richard Wilson barricaded himself in a South Tongass Highway home with a firearm after the homeowner arrived while Wilson was in the process of burglarizing it.
Alaska Dispatch News
Ravens' Roost, a co-housing project in Anchorage intended to promote neighborly ties through shared amenities and common spaces, has locked up a development deal to begin construction, allowing the project to move forward.
Michelle Theriault Boots
OPINION: Automation and new technologies continue saving us time and money, but we're losing something human along the way.CommentaryFrank E. Baker
“Do I simply work with jerks, or are employees not giving gifts any more to each other, even though we spend almost as much time with each other as we do with our families?”BusinessLynne Curry
OPINION: As much as I resist wanting to teach my children that happiness comes from a huge pile of cheap, plastic loot under the tree, I also don’t want to disappoint them.CommentaryCarey Restino
Perseverance Theatre has mounted a fine production of “A Christmas Carol,” with a gorgeous set, ambitious sound effects and excellent acting from the principal players.CultureMike Dunham

News & Politics

Laine Welch: Using Alaska seafood 'beyond the plate'

At next year's Symphony of Seafood competition in Seattle, entrepreneurs won't just compete for who has the tastiest dish, but also for who's using the less-edible parts of fish in new and innovative ways.Laine Welch

Sports

Seawolves women's basketball team shreds Sharks 109-83

The UAA women's basketball team tied a program best 12 wins to start the season with a 109-82 win over Hawaii Pacific on Sunday night at the Alaska Airlines Center. Matt Tunseth

Arctic

Defense spending bill includes Arctic provisions

Efforts to move forward with Arctic priorities got a boost with the passage of the federal spending bill last week, which included items Alaska’s lawmakers are calling vital to the Arctic. Carey Restino

Adventure

Alyeska to reopen upper mountain to snowboarders and skiers Friday

The bottom of the mountain remains brown, but the upper mountain got seven inches of new snow early Thursday for a total depth of 54 inches, according to the resort's snow report.Beth Bragg

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