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Speaking at the annual convention in Anchorage late Friday morning, Rep. Don Young, 81,  said his personal feelings about the topic -- because of the loss of a family member by suicide -- “may have caused me to mangle some of my statements and comments, (and) that’s caused this uproar."
Dermot Cole
An unmanned barge that broke from its tow during a severe storm has been drifting in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska's Arctic Slope since Tuesday. 
Laurel Andrews
For the first time in their lives, as Gov. Sean Parnell, state legislators, tribal leaders and an overflow crowd looked on, Alaska Native people one by one took the microphone Thursday to speak in their Native language -- as an official state language. 
Lisa Demer
Russia says the new shipping rules for the Arctic and Antarctic, expected to go into effect in 2017, are too strict; critics say they still lack some important protections.  
James Thomson, Barents Observer
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and Republican opponent Dan Sullivan took their typical campaign themes to a new venue on Thursday, as the two squared off at a natural resources-focused debate sponsored by groups representing the mining, timber and oil industries, among others.
Nathaniel Herz
Contrary to a recent Washington Post report, flying in Alaska is not as simple as having a modern map loaded on a handheld GPS.Bush PilotColleen Mondor
There's a growing interest in “cultural tourism” around the world -- and that includes learning more about the history and lifestyle of Alaska’s native people. TravelScott McMurren
OPINION: It was pointless for Rep. Don Young to get in a lather about whether suicide is an illness or a disease. This was not medical school. It was high school.CommentaryDermot Cole
“I was asked to remind that this is a nonsmoking venue,” said moderator Steve Johnson before the debate. “This seems particularly relevant.”Marijuana Initiative 2014Suzanna Caldwell

Adventure

Swearing off lead shot and its deadly legacy

Lead poisoning nearly took out the population of eagles in the Lower 48, and was a huge contributing factor of waterfowl mortality before it was outlawed for waterfowl hunting in 1991 John Schandelmeier

News & Politics

Alaska Airlines donates $1 million to Native engineering program

Middle school students from across rural Alaska will get the chance to attend a science and technology academy in Anchorage through a $1 million, three-year grant from Alaska Airlines, the company announced Thursday at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.Lisa Demer

Arctic

IMO completes Polar Code environmental rules

Russia says the new shipping rules for the Arctic and Antarctic, expected to go into effect in 2017, are too strict; critics say they still lack some important protections.  James Thomson, Barents Observer

We Alaskans

Standing tall: Guardians of the Alaska totem

Hydaburg’s T.J. and Joe Young are helping lead a revitalization of totem art, one pole at a time, in Southeast Alaska. Steve Quinn

Nation/World