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
An Alaska appeals court has affirmed the 2011 child abuse conviction of Jessica Beagley, the Anchorage "hot sauce mom" who prosecutors said used a videotape of herself punishing her adopted Russian son to try to get on the "Dr. Phil" show.
Jerzy Shedlock
Claudia Kuzakin, 39, was killed Friday morning in the Mountain View neighborhood in what appeared to be a hit-and-run incident, Anchorage police said. No suspect had been identified as of Friday evening.
Jerzy Shedlock,Tegan Hanlon
Exxon Mobil, the largest U.S. oil company, reported a 52 percent drop in profit for the second quarter. Revenue dropped by a third and the profits of its exploration and production businesses declined 74 percent, to $2 billion.
Clifford Krauss
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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Adventure

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

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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

Arctic

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

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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