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Former Alaska U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has taken a job with a health care advocacy organization, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, the group announced Saturday.
Nathaniel Herz
Iceland native and Unalaska boat captain​ Kristjan Laxfoss has lived and worked in the Aleutians for 34 years. Last month, the Aleutians-Pribilof Islands Community Development Association awarded him $1,000 for his idea to produce pollock fish frankfurters on the remote island of St. George. 
John Messick
Female students reported Monday that while walking by a Tau Kappa Epsilon informational table in the UAA student union, fraternity members made derogatory comments about the women’s physical appearances, said a UAA official.
Tegan Hanlon
A 25-year-old woman was killed early Friday by gunfire in a Bethel home, and police are still trying to sort out what happened.
Lisa Demer
Gov. Bill Walker says that with current oil prices, Alaska can no longer afford its film subsidy program, an attempt to diversify the state’s economy by building a film and television industry.
Pat Forgey
Fairbanks scientist Zebulon Maharrey has spent the last four years looking at the volcano. Augustine last erupted in 2006, sending an ash cloud two miles high and oozing enough lava to create a new summit.ScienceNed Rozell
Rural Alaskans used to costly or clunky Internet service might not be surprised to hear that a new report from the Federal Communications Commission shows Alaska trailing most of the nation when it comes to Internet speed. Rural AlaskaAlex DeMarban
Captain Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, spoke to students at the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program’s 20th anniversary celebration on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at UAA.
Marc Lester
Despite dropping prices for oil and lower tax revenues for Alaska, a new report forecasts only a slight drop in construction spending in the state this year, mostly as a result of federal and state projects already in the works.   BusinessMike Dunham

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Voices

Walker to Obama: ANWR wilderness call violates Statehood Compact and ANILCA

OPINION: Alaska has fulfilled its promise to develop our resources and provide for our own needs. The federal government should uphold its promise not to further hamper our economic viability.Gov. Bill Walker

Sports

South wrestlers look tough on first day of CIC meet

The South Wolverines are the team to beat in the Cook Inlet Conference wrestling championships after a dominating day Friday at Chugiak High.Alaska Dispatch News

Culture

Chris Thompson: The Rev. Norman Elliott, a local clergy legend, turns 96

National data indicate the average tenure of a pastor is between three and four years. Many pastors retire in their 60s and 70s. One local pastor clearly beats these norms. The Rev. Norman Elliott, who is still going strong, turns 96 on Monday.Chris Thompson

Arctic

Arctic policy commission to submit report to Alaska Legislature

The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission is expected to submit its final report to the Legislature on Friday. Companion bills introduced in both houses identify four areas of focus: economic and resource development, infrastructure, health communities and a state-based agenda for science and research.Associated Press

Nation/World

  • The measles outbreak tied to Disneyland continued to spread anxiety Friday as two new cases emerged in California - along with at least one in Nebraska - while Arizona officials warned that at least 1,000 people may have been exposed to the virus.

  • President Barack Obama on Friday announced a major biomedical research initiative, including plans to collect genetic data on a million Americans so scientists can develop drugs and treatments tailored to the characteristics of individual patients.

We Alaskans

Study of tough, cunning Alaska wolverine dispels some myths

Fish and Game researchers Howard Golden and Mike Harrington have captured 18 wolverines and equipped them with GPS tracking collars in Southcentral Alaska to better understand their movements, numbers and habits. Riley Woodford