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Despite testimony mostly against the ordinance, the Anchorage Assembly approved a measure banning marijuana consumption in public places.
Suzanna Caldwell
For JBER, the worst-case scenario would mean a loss of 5,300 soldiers and personnel. There are currently about 6,000 Army soldiers on base.
Tegan Hanlon
Legislators on Tuesday held their first hearing on a bill that would push back their annual deadline for filing reports that disclose how they earn their income, which would make their finances unavailable until after the annual Legislative session.
Nathaniel Herz
Two people are dead following a shooting in East Anchorage Tuesday morning, the Anchorage Police Department wrote in a release. The incident marks the second and third Anchorage homicides of 2015, according to APD. 
Laurel Andrews
The state expects to lose about $100 million on oil production taxes this year, a situation that has created consternation and confusion over whether it is caused by credits to companies that pay taxes or don't pay taxes. The answer is both. 
Dermot Cole
As Alaska politicians bluster over the Obama administration's actions on the development potential for ANWR and the Arctic Ocean, one question should be on everyone's mind: which location actually has the most potential? The answer, of course, is complicated.EnergyAlex DeMarban,Yereth Rosen
For years, the bars on the ferries that ply Alaska's waters were a place to hear some real Alaska stories or escape the groups of kids on school trips roaming the vessels' decks. Now, they've fallen victim to tight economic times for the Alaska Marine Highway System.Alaska NewsPat Forgey
Are Americans now so clueless they have to be told to put on warm clothes before going out the in the cold? Watching the media bloviate about the latest winter storm on the East Coast, one would think so.VoicesCraig Medred
Sunday's Ski for Women is a go, and there are still chances for girls and women to sign up for the race at Kincaid Park.SportsBeth Bragg

News & Politics

Feds reject petition for Aleutians marine sanctuary

Saying the proposal didn't received support from "a breadth of community interests," the federal government rejected a petition to create a new marine sanctuary in the Aleutian Islands.Molly Dischner

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Arctic

Laser scanning sheds a new light on animal habitats in Finland

A survey that is refining maps of Finland's surface and forests is providing another benefit -- new and ultra-precise information about areas suitable for use by the country's wildlife. YLE News

Adventure

Worst part of brutal 1,000-mile Yukon Quest: Packing

Food Drop day is a big milestone leading up to the Yukon Quest, which begins in Whitehorse on Feb. 7. Not only is it a logistical challenge, but purchasing thousands of dollars worth of supplies is probably the biggest financial commitment for mushers.Jeff Richardson | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Nation/World

We Alaskans

What brought struggling artist Rockwell Kent to Alaska?

Artist Rockwell Kent's son Rocky would consider his months on Alaska's Fox Island perhaps the best time in his life. The experience was also life-changing for Kent, as the art and book he produced there finally gave him the fame and recognition he had craved.Doug Capra