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Jeff King and Dallas Seavey describe the conditions and decisions that led to one of the most unpredictable finishes in the history of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
The Air Force announced details Thursday of plans to conduct an environmental impact statement on a proposal to base two squadrons of F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base in Interior Alaska, a step that provides formal assurance of the expansion effort announced last August.
Dermot Cole
A winter storm will roll into Southcentral, Southwest and Western Alaska on Friday, bringing significant snowfall but spreading it unevenly across the regions, according to the National Weather Service, which described the storm as “potent.”
Tegan Hanlon
Anchorage community activist Mao Tosi is hosting a mayoral candidate meet-and-greet event Friday, though it’s in an unusual format and stirred a bit of controversy this week when not all the candidates were invited.
Devin Kelly
Facing the prospect of big budget cuts, fans of public broadcasting are turning out during budget hearings in Juneau this week to say what the service means to their communities. PoliticsPat Forgey
A Libertarian Party nominee to the commission that enforces Alaska’s campaign-finance and public-official disclosure rules faced skepticism from the Democratic and Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing this week.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
Alaska congressman Don Young linked the U.S. homeless population to the wolf population in an outburst before the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday. He later said his analogy was "hyperbolic."PoliticsDermot Cole
OPINION: Sarah Palin can throw all the hypocritical shade she wants at Hillary Clinton for keeping private email accounts to conduct public business. But Americans had better not forget that public access to information is not a partisan issue.VoicesScott Woodham

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Iditarod 2015

Before start line, Iditarod dogs all get ECGs, blood-chemistry scans and a worming

A kennel owner paying for these pre-race tests themselves would find the price prohibitive -- thousands of dollars for each competing dog, said Iditarod chief veterinarian Stu Nelson. John Schandelmeier

Voices

Cuts to remote Alaska fire station may save money now, but risk greater cost later

OPINION: The state can cut a wildfire office staff, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any fires to put out. Cut the capacity to stop a fire cheaply when it’s small, and you pay big later.Carey Restino

Culture

Despite rough working conditions, Hooper Bay carver puts his mark on bones and ivory

In a wind-hammered house on the frozen edge of the Bering Sea, in a tiny closet housing a broken old furnace, just past the bathroom with no running water, carver Steven Stone hunches over driftwood and whale bone, walrus ivory and prehistoric mastodon tusks to make something new.Lisa Demer

Arctic

Arctic development requires federal investment, Senate panel told

As Arctic waters open up for oil drilling, commercial shipping and even cruise ships, the United States needs to invest in icebreakers, maps and weather forecasting for the region. That was the consensus of senators, the Obama administration's Arctic envoy and expert witnesses during a Senate hearing Thursday.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers

Nation/World

We Alaskans

Longing for fresh water and the ornery ice finally melting

The only pull of nostalgia I get from leaving the winter water system behind is mothballing our old-fashioned pitcher-pump until the next fall. Over the years, the pump has been patched by welds, repainted and has seen more replacement gaskets than the old 1967 Rambler station wagon that was my first car.Steve Kahn