Protesters on St. Johns Bridge and kayakers on the Willamette River below have been blocking the icebreaker from heading to the Arctic for Shell's planned offshore drilling.
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The lead investigator in the Alano Club shooting that killed Anchorage teenager Alex Thanapong Yu asked for the public's help in providing information that may move the case forward.
Laurel Andrews
UAF officials say students will likely see more crowded classrooms and fewer duplicate offerings of required introductory courses.
Associated Press
Dr. Shubhranjan Ghosh, an Anchorage physician originally charged with more than $1 million in Medicaid fraud, received a 3 1/2-year prison sentence Wednesday.
Jerzy Shedlock
A reader wonders what might happen if her town off the road system opts out of legal cannabis sales. Will she be able to buy it elsewhere and have it air-shipped home, as she can with alcohol?Highly InformedScott Woodham
This fall’s Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage will feature a famed Southeast artist and her artist grandson as the keynote speakers, AFN announced this week.AFN CoverageLisa Demer
The entire population of whimbrels in North America is probably no more than 100,000. During the summer, they are widely scattered along the Alaska coast. OutdoorsJohn Schandelmeier
Looking further into the future, Shell is betting on offshore oil fields in Alaska, which chief executive Ben van Beurden described as having the potential to produce more energy than the biggest projects in the Gulf of Mexico.EnergyDanica Kirka | Associated Press

News & Politics

Troopers: Woman charged after attempting to cause head-on collision

A 40-year-old Soldotna woman who attempted to run her vehicle head-on into another vehicle and then began an hours-long standoff with law enforcement is facing multiple charges, troopers said.Megan Edge

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Nervy bikers can zoom downhill (and ride up) on 3 courses at Alyeska

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Shell icebreaker retreats after showdown with protesters dangling from Portland bridge

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Office politics: The Alaska congressional delegation as seen in their D.C. work environs

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