Every spring, Judy Connolly makes a call to investigators to see if there's any news in the violent 1978 death of her daughter, Shelley Connolly. It's a call she's been making for a long time, still looking for answers in a 37-year-old murder.
Michelle Theriault Boots
A man was found dead and a woman seriously injured early Sunday at a home in East Anchorage, and police are looking for a person of interest they say is armed and dangerous.
Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska winters are long, dark and cold and the coming of summer is greeted with relief and delight. However, that delight is tempered by the arrival of another sign of summer -- the mosquito.
Dorothy Chomicz
Backers of the proposed Pebble mine aren't done fighting the Environmental Protection Agency, environmental activists, fishing groups and others to keep the massive proposed gold and copper mine alive. 
Erica Martinson
Janet Weiss, regional president of BP Alaska, Karen Hagedorn, the Alaska production manager for Exxon, and Laurie Schmidt, the vice president of Shell Alaska, are leading three of the four major petroleum firms doing business in Alaska -- a scenario difficult to imagine in the male-dominated industry a few short years ago. 
Craig Medred
Mariana Morari, a UAA alumna, hopes to coordinate the first-ever graduation ceremony in her impoverished hometown in the Eastern European country of Muldova. First item on her list to make it happen? The iconic graduation gowns.EducationLaurel Andrews
In the last few years, researchers with UAF have drilled at Pilgrim Springs, looking for the hottest spots amid the steaming pools and snowless fields. They and others with private firms and the state are trying to determine if Pilgrim's energy might be a source of geothermal power for Alaska.ScienceNed Rozell
An excerpt from "Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-town Obituary Writer," the new book by Heather Lende of Haines, chock full of plainspoken good sense.BooksHeather Lende
When Sunday dawned at 36 degrees with torrential rain, does anybody really think beachcombing with the kids in Juneau is a swell idea?We AlaskansLibby Bakalar

News & Politics

Unique spring bird hunt brings hope of fresh meat after a long Alaska winter

The return of millions of birds -- including white-fronted geese and snow geese, mallards and loons, sandhill cranes and tundra swans -- signals spring and the start of rural Alaska’s remarkable spring bird hunt.Lisa Demer

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Adventure

Watch while gray whales chow down in Resurrection Bay this spring

When the first gray whale breached, it caught many of us off guard. My 10-year-old pointed toward the stern, mouth hanging open, as again and again the gray whale presented us with an impressive display of marine mammal athleticism. The atmosphere was electric after that. Erin Kirkland

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Finding the good

An excerpt from "Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-town Obituary Writer," the new book by Heather Lende of Haines, chock full of plainspoken good sense.Heather Lende

Arctic

Sunken Soviet submarines threaten massive radioactive contamination

One of the vessels sank 12 years ago; the other was disposed of, after it was damaged, in Stepovogo Bay in 1982. If dangerous materials leak, the fish-rich areas would be closed off to commercial harvests. Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer

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We Alaskans

Mother’s dilemma: Tidepools in a Juneau downpour or ‘Monster High’ on TV?

When Sunday dawned at 36 degrees with torrential rain, does anybody really think beachcombing with the kids in Juneau is a swell idea?Libby Bakalar