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President Barack Obama said Sunday that he planned to ask Congress to declare much of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, including the possibly oil-and-gas-rich coastal plain. Alaska politicians were quick to condemn the announcement.
Richard Mauer
The Federal Subsistence Board voted to allow gillnetting primarily targeting sockeye salmon on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, though the potential to harvest other species of fish, like Dolly Varden and the beleaguered king salmon, was a sticking point in the discussion.
Rashah McChesney and DJ Summer | Peninsula Clarion
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has staked her claim in the Senate despite a controversial start in that body, including winning a hard-fought write-in campaign in 2010, and assuming leadership in the energy committee.
Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
Mayor Dan Sullivan, part-owner of the downtown bar and restaurant McGinley’s Pub, said his first priority is increasing the amount of state alcohol tax revenues that go toward treatment programs, rather than creating a local tax. 
Devin Kelly
Alaska State Troopers are investigating allegations that a village public safety officer in Kake used a stun gun or Taser on two boys.
Associated Press
Fish and Game researchers Howard Golden and Mike Harrington have captured 18 wolverines and equipped them with GPS tracking collars in Southcentral Alaska to better understand their movements, numbers and habits. We AlaskansRiley Woodford
Altogether, the 1946 tsunami killed 159 people in Hawaii, drowned a swimmer in Santa Cruz, banged up fishing boats in Chile and wrecked a hut on Antarctica. The curve of the Aleutians protected much of Alaska, but the five at Scotch Cap had no chance.We AlaskansNed Rozell
Every day, a tiny army of outreach workers tries to lift homeless alcoholics from Anchorage streets. In the past, a sober life has always been the goal. But a controversial approach called Housing First is challenging that thinking.AnchorageMichelle Theriault Boots and Marc Lester
This picture on my desk of three fishermen is proof of the enduring nature of friendships forged on Sitka docks. Boat kids understand impermanence, the ease with which people can wash away. We AlaskansTele Aadsen

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Sports

Tarbath, Wonders triumph at snowy Kincaid ski race

Service's Emma Tarbath and South's Hunter Wonders took South Skiathlon victories Saturday at Kincaid Park, where racers, coaches and volunteers paid tribute to former Junior Nordic League program director Ellen Toll, who died earlier in the week.Alaska Dispatch News

Arctic

Warmth, lack of snow in Yukon threatens winter events

Organizers of outdoor sports and cultural events are nervous about the mild and snow-sparse winter, and are hoping conditions will be dramatically different in the next two weeks. Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International

Adventure

Where did Whittier's silver salmon go?

Southcentral anglers used to casting a line in Prince William Sound for late-season silver salmon at the Whittier Boat Harbor, Smitty’s Cove, Salmon Run or nearby say the return has sharply declined in recent years and are seeking an explanation from biologistsMike Campbell

Nation/World

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