Federal managers had limited subsistence fishing and closed all fishing to nonrural residents -- meaning that visitors, newcomers and residents from outside 32 federally designated villages were not allowed to fish with any gear type. Under state management, that ban is lifted.
Lisa Demer
Mike Albertson remembers his brother-in-law Kevin Lee Oozevaseuk as a talented Alaska Native carver, but one who suffered from a long history of huffing to get high. 
Megan Edge
The man couldn't invoke state laws allowing animals to be shot in defense of life and property because his improper storage of garbage caused the incident, wildlife troopers said.
Megan Edge
Gov. Bill Walker has made it official: He is changing the name of a census area in Western Alaska from that of a slave owner who never set foot there to that of the region's tallest mountains.
Lisa Demer
Some popular state parks in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are easing campfire restrictions ahead of the holiday weekend.
Zaz Hollander
The Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledges that Arctic climate change is the top threat to polar bears, but it says its ability to take action is limited to tasks that fall short of greenhouse gas restrictions. ArcticYereth Rosen
Terria Walters lost her son last month in what Alaska State Troopers are calling a homicide. Now the Palmer woman with 10 years of sobriety wants his death to spark a conversation about the links between addiction and crime.Crime & JusticeZaz Hollander
As summer heats up, anglers have a plethora of promising angling options, including king salmon, rainbow trout, halibut and ling cod. Fishing ReportMatt Tunseth
The Alaska Court of Appeals has sent back a sexual assault case in Dillingham to a lower court because it’s unclear if the defendant knew the significance behind the trial judge previously representing him as a public defender in the same case.Crime & JusticeJerzy Shedlock

News & Politics

Troopers: Wasilla robbery escalates to police chase, ends with man exposing himself

A 27-year-old Fairbanks man faces multiple charges after he robbed a Wasilla coffee stand, pulled a gun on another man, fled from authorities at high speed and drunkenly exposed himself along the Parks Highway, troopers say.Megan Edge

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Sports

Mount Marathon men's field loaded with stars, past champs

The men's field for Saturday's 88th running of Mount Marathon is loaded. Defending champion and course record-holder Eric Strabel, dominating international runner Kilian Jornet and other past champs and elite contenders abound.Doyle Woody

Arctic

Federal polar bear conservation plan focuses on near-term goals

The Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledges that Arctic climate change is the top threat to polar bears, but it says its ability to take action is limited to tasks that fall short of greenhouse gas restrictions. Yereth Rosen

Nation/World

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  • Imagine the fate of your country hangs on a yes-or-no question. The question is drafted in cryptic, bureaucratic language and asks you to decide on an economic program that no longer exists. Leaders in neighboring countries are begging you to vote yes. Your government is begging you to vote no.

We Alaskans

As Arctic ice continues to diminish in the summer months, shipping companies and other countries are increasingly taking advantage of available routes through the region. Can the U.S. catch up?
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