A plan to use Permanent Fund earnings to balance the state’s budget has caused disagreement in the ranks of the Republican-led House majority caucus.
Nathaniel Herz,Pat Forgey
Under a proposal by Anchorage Assembly chair Dick Traini, marijuana smoke wouldn’t be allowed in public places, workplaces, medical facilities, child care centers, stadiums, outdoor arenas and municipal facilities, including schools.
Devin Kelly
Anchorage police said Thursday that they had arrested three men in connection with a shooting earlier this week in Fairview that left one person wounded.
Tegan Hanlon
An FBI explosive ordinance disposal unit was taken by helicopter this week to a mining camp off the Glenn Highway near the Eureka Roadhouse to detonate old dynamite discovered at the camp by the property's new owner.
Ben Anderson
The Alaska Senate ended the special session called by Gov. Bill Walker and started a new one of its own Thursday. The House was expected to quickly follow suit.
Nathaniel Herz
The fossil of a bizarre shark with a "buzz saw" bite, found in the Brooks Range and lost for 29 years in the Smithsonian archives, is back in Alaska for an exhibit in Seward, thanks in part to the intervention of artist Ray Troll. CultureMike Dunham
A film that chronicles the excavation of a 200-year-old village along the banks of the Kobuk River -- and what happened when archaeologists found human remains -- is scheduled to play Friday night at the Amchorage Museum.
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Alaska Dispatch News
Edwin Gonzalez, the father of one and grandfather of two, all of whom died last week in an apparent murder-suicide, said his daughter was independent and chose to stay with her boyfriend, who had a history of violence and who police say likely pulled the trigger.Crime & JusticeJerzy Shedlock
A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach with a Hitchcockian number of seabirds flying overhead is once again streaming to the Internet.WildlifeMark Thiessen | Associated Press

News & Politics

Unusual weather pattern brings record highs to Barrow

Soaring temperatures in Barrow and across northern Alaska are linked directly to a high-pressure system above northwestern Canada and consistent with odd weather tied to warm waters in the Pacific. Yereth Rosen

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Sports

Jakolof jackpot? Secret's out on Seldovia fishing

Fishing paradise awaits those willing to make the quick trip across Kachemak Bay to Seldovia, a tiny village with a wealth of recreational opportunities. Matt Tunseth

Adventure

Lawsuit seeking to shut down Nome sled dog kennel dismissed

Neighbors of a 30-sled dog kennel near the historic mushing capital of Nome had hoped to shut down the operation with a civil lawsuit but dropped the suit last week after a judge summarily rejected a crucial motion in the case. Zaz Hollander

Culture

Alaska fossil of the bizarre 'buzz saw' shark, lost for 29 years, goes on display at the Alaska SeaLife Center

The fossil of a bizarre shark with a "buzz saw" bite, found in the Brooks Range and lost for 29 years in the Smithsonian archives, is back in Alaska for an exhibit in Seward, thanks in part to the intervention of artist Ray Troll. Mike Dunham

Arctic

Alaska, Washington senators file bill to build Arctic icebreakers

Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have introduced a bill that would authorize the Navy to build up to six icebreakers for use by the Coast Guard.Erica Martinson

Nation/World

  • A grand jury's decision to indict all six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries suffered in police custody, allows the state's attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite criticism she was part of an "overzealous prosecution."

  • From gold to dot-coms, 1630's Dutch tulips to 2000's U.S. real estate, again and again the world's economies have been sucked into a period of intense enthusiasm followed by devastating financial losses.

We Alaskans

Dateline Alaska: Holding on to the last of the Arctic snow

While most of Alaska melted, spring in the northwest has been ideal. Good snow and lingering cold have allowed people to travel in all directions, hunting and camping, fishing and hauling firewood. Seth Kantner