People are being urged to evacuate the small Kodiak Island community of Chiniak because of a wind-driven wildfire authorities describe as unpredictable and quick-moving.
Associated Press
A state court judge in Alaska ruled Thursday that a law further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding is unconstitutional.
Becky Bohrer
Police shut down streets and sent out SWAT officers in West Anchorage Thursday as they searched for a man suspected in a shooting that injured one person. 
Tegan Hanlon,Jerzy Shedlock
Some Anchorage residents will have to deal with road and office closures when President Obama arrives next week. But Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and other officials said Thursday they expect it to be mostly business as usual downtown.
Sean Doogan,Devin Kelly
Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner said Thursday that he would deliver an oral ruling Friday on the Alaska Legislature’s lawsuit to stop Gov. Bill Walker from unilaterally expanding the public Medicaid health care program.
Nathaniel Herz
Simply trying to navigate the yellow, red and blue trails of the food booths is often challenging, not to mention the amount of time one or the other parent spends standing in line at public restrooms.CultureErin Kirkland
Count on it, fellow Alaskans. A presidential visit like this may never happen again in your lifetime. Thank goodness.We AlaskansLibby Bakalar
Sitka Mayor Mim McConnell said the thousand foot-landslide down Harbor Mountain that claimed three lives may have also done serious damage to Sitka's hopes for more housing.Alaska NewsPat Forgey
A photographer posted the first images from this year of thousands of walruses at a large haulout near Point Lay, but the images have federal officials worried that photographers will ignore warnings to stay away from the site.ArcticKamala Kelkar

News & Politics

Charges: East Anchorage slaying likely spurred by unpaid debts

The debt of other men and a single bullet to the chest killed Byzantium Hill early Sunday morning in East Anchorage, according to charges filed in the case earlier this week. Megan Edge

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With a gentleman's touch, Deep Creek angler seeks silvers with flies

“In Europe and Scandinavia, the unofficial rule is one-cast, one-step. This keeps people moving and eventually everyone gets to fish the hotspot pool,” Habermann said.Joseph Robertia

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Blues give Gomez shot at a 16th NHL season

Alaska's most accomplished hockey player -- the winner of two Stanley Cups and owner of nearly 1,200 games of experience in the NHL -- will go to the St. Louis Blues training camp on a tryout.Doyle Woody

Arctic

In Nome, U.S. Arctic Research Commission hears of regional mental health challenges

In a small gathering at Nome’s mini convention center Tuesday morning, commissioners from the U.S. Arctic Research Commission heard testimony about the mental health services available in the Norton Sound, the Bering Strait, and the Northwest Arctic regions -- and some sobering statistics as to the very real challenges residents face.Laura Kraegel | KNOM

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