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The man who was completely buried in an avalanche last week at Turnagain Pass said he let his backcountry skiing partner talk him into skiing a run he knew was too steep. Though unharmed, he was still feeling “foolish” after setting off the slide.
Nathaniel Herz
Two drivers died Monday morning in a fiery head-on collision between a pickup and SUV that closed a stretch of the Parks Highway in Denali National Park for hours. 
Tegan Hanlon
Four fishermen from Washington and Oregon received the Carnegie Medal for heroism Monday for saving the lives of four men during a severe winter storm off Kodiak Island in 2012.
Alaska Dispatch News
A group of ATV riders reported no serious injuries Monday after they fell into an icy lake west of Point MacKenzie early in the morning.
Tegan Hanlon
Officials say the state might have to repay tens of millions of dollars to the federal government if it wants to kick the Juneau Access Road and the Knik Arm Crossing to the curb.   
Alex DeMarban
Alaska's Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott walked an unusual path to his role as the state's second-ranked elected official, and as a result may have an unprecedented role within the administration of Gov. Bill Walker. Just how significant that role will be, however, remains to be seen.PoliticsPat Forgey
The so-called South Central Law Enforcement Tactical Range, an outdoor training facility for law enforcement with multiple shooting ranges, is slated to be built on a 34-acre parcel next to the Birchwood Shooting Range. AnchorageDevin Kelly
A question in a survey distributed by Kodiak Sen. Gary Stevens asks whether lawmakers should continue to have to submit receipts for qualified office expenses or if the money should be treated as compensation, which would be taxable. PoliticsDermot Cole
Technology is advancing at a rapid pace these days and thanks in part to a $20,000 grant from Verizon, the Northwest Arctic Borough School District is right on step. The district purchased 12 3-dimensional printers with the cash, one for each school in the region.EducationJillian Rogers

News & Politics

Byron Mallott's job: Be a new kind of lieutenant governor

Alaska's Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott walked an unusual path to his role as the state's second-ranked elected official, and as a result may have an unprecedented role within the administration of Gov. Bill Walker. Just how significant that role will be, however, remains to be seen.Pat Forgey

Sports

Seawolves women's basketball team shreds Sharks 109-83

The UAA women's basketball team tied a program best 12 wins to start the season with a 109-82 win over Hawaii Pacific on Sunday night at the Alaska Airlines Center. Matt Tunseth

Culture

For more than a century, audiences have gathered to watch stage renditions of "The Nutcracker" ballet, which has become a holiday tradition around the world and in the U.S., including Alaska.
Tara Young

Arctic

Defense spending bill includes Arctic provisions

Efforts to move forward with Arctic priorities got a boost with the passage of the federal spending bill last week, which included items Alaska’s lawmakers are calling vital to the Arctic. Carey Restino

Adventure

Making a stand on hunting for food, not entertainment

Respect the animal you want to eat. Hunting can mean a great day in the backcountry, moving through the Alaska winter wonderland on snowshoes or a snowmobile, excited about fresh caribou tracks. Doubtless, this is enjoyable. But remember what is fun for you, is life and death for the caribou. John Schandelmeier

Nation/World

  • Key North Korean websites were back online Tuesday after an hours-long shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang. The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible for the shutdown in one of the least-wired countries in the world.

     

  • Pope Francis excoriated the Vatican bureaucracy in his traditional Christmas address on Monday, saying that some of the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the Roman Catholic Church suffer from a “spiritual Alzheimer's."

We Alaskans

Denali dilemma: Can Dan Sullivan get Mount McKinley renamed?

Alaskans of any political persuasion can agree that we should get to name our own state’s highest mountain, currently misnamed Mount McKinley. And Sen.-elect Sullivan is uniquely positioned to do something about it.Rick Sinnott