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Despite testimony mostly against the ordinance, the Anchorage Assembly approved a measure banning marijuana consumption in public places.
Suzanna Caldwell
For JBER, the worst-case scenario would mean a loss of 5,300 soldiers and personnel. There are currently about 6,000 Army soldiers on base.
Tegan Hanlon
Legislators on Tuesday held their first hearing on a bill that would push back their annual deadline for filing reports that disclose how they earn their income, which would make their finances unavailable until after the annual Legislative session.
Nathaniel Herz
Two people are dead following a shooting in East Anchorage Tuesday morning, the Anchorage Police Department wrote in a release. The incident marks the second and third Anchorage homicides of 2015, according to APD. 
Laurel Andrews
The state expects to lose about $100 million on oil production taxes this year, a situation that has created consternation and confusion over whether it is caused by credits to companies that pay taxes or don't pay taxes. The answer is both. 
Dermot Cole
As Alaska politicians bluster over the Obama administration's actions on the development potential for ANWR and the Arctic Ocean, one question should be on everyone's mind: which location actually has the most potential? The answer, of course, is complicated.EnergyAlex DeMarban,Yereth Rosen
For years, the bars on the ferries that ply Alaska's waters were a place to hear some real Alaska stories or escape the groups of kids on school trips roaming the vessels' decks. Now, they've fallen victim to tight economic times for the Alaska Marine Highway System.Alaska NewsPat Forgey
Are Americans now so clueless they have to be told to put on warm clothes before going out the in the cold? Watching the media bloviate about the latest winter storm on the East Coast, one would think so.VoicesCraig Medred
Sunday's Ski for Women is a go, and there are still chances for girls and women to sign up for the race at Kincaid Park.SportsBeth Bragg

News & Politics

Obama moves to block development in 9.8 million acres of Arctic Ocean

The Obama administration will move to block oil and gas leasing permanently on about 9.8 million acres in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska's northern coast, citing biodiversity and Alaska Native subsistence whaling.Krestia DeGeorge,Nathaniel Herz

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Arctic

Laser scanning sheds a new light on animal habitats in Finland

A survey that is refining maps of Finland's surface and forests is providing another benefit -- new and ultra-precise information about areas suitable for use by the country's wildlife. YLE News

Adventure

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

Nation/World

  • It was 42 degrees, lightly raining and pitch black near the White House when an inebriated, off-duty employee for a government intelligence agency decided it was a good time to test-fly his friend’s quadcopter drone that sells for hundreds of dollars and is popular among hobbyists.

  • New England awoke Tuesday to high winds and whiteout conditions as a strong winter storm moved up the East Coast. The storm veered away from New York City, leaving less than an foot of snow in Central Park. Connecticut also received less than expected, but the storm was barreling down on Boston, where forecasters were still expecting 2 to 3 feet of snow.

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