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Royal Dutch Shell says it intends to drill in its Chukchi Sea leases in 2015
Alaska Dispatch News
Anchorage police say they are investigating the shooting death of a man found in the early hours of Thursday morning in the Russian Jack neighborhood. Anyone with information is urged to contact police immediately.
Alaska Dispatch News
In a step that promises to reshape the Fairbanks energy picture, a state agency has signed a letter of intent to purchase the small natural gas utility system there for $52.5 million, potentially fueled by natural gas supplies that would be trucked in. 
Dermot Cole
Despite the increasing popularity of youth shooting teams in the Mat-Su, the borough Assembly this week tabled a proposal to create a new shooting range near Big Lake over concerns about noise and the below-market offer for public property. 
Zaz Hollander
An inmate at the Anchorage Correctional Complex died early Wednesday after becoming combative and being restrained by correctional officers, Alaska State Troopers said.
Michelle Theriault Boots
The Anchorage Museum's popular Alaska Gallery will close for a year as it undergoes a $15 million major remodel and "reimagining" starting in late summer 2016.CultureMike Dunham
Legislators in Juneau are pondering ways to get leverage with the federal government, following White House announcements on Sunday and Tuesday about new protections from oil and gas exploration for land in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and waters in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux announced Wednesday that Judiciary Committee meetings dealing with a bill that would update Alaska's criminal marijuana statutes were nixed following controversy over provisions of the bill.Alaska NewsSuzanna Caldwell
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced Wednesday that a second test administered on a 1-year-old girl suspected to have measles came back negative, after an initial test returned a positive result.HealthTegan Hanlon

News & Politics

Plan to allow Shell's Arctic drilling fleet in Seattle draws ire

A plan to allow oil major Royal Dutch Shell to use Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic drilling fleet is drawing opposition from environmental groups that say it's not consistent with the region's environmental goals.Phuong Le

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The urgent need for a sustainable Alaska budget

OPINION: While Alaska could use more budget restraint, Gov. Walker is moving in the right direction. But people with vested interests in maintaining higher state spending oppose the effort.Brad Keithley


When surfcasting goes gonzo

For a group of Aussies, battling waves, rocks and sizeable tuna, sharks and cobia in New South Wales makes fishing a little more extreme. Tara Young


  • Anthropologists exploring Manot Cave in Israel have uncovered a rare 55,000-year-old fossil skull that they say has a story to tell of a reverberating transition in human evolution, in the time and place when some early humans were moving out of Africa and apparently interbreeding with Neanderthals.

  • As “American Sniper” continues to spawn think pieces, internecine celebrity squabbles and diatribes from hand-wringing lefties and chest-thumping righties, it’s interesting to remember the naysaying about the film’s prospects that swirled just last month.

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