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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
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
U.S. Rep. Don Young lashed out at congressional members who urged continued protections for the gray wolf in parts of the Lower 48, saying none is from a district affected by wolves. "I'd introduce 'em in your district, you wouldn't have a homeless problem anymore," Young said.Alaska NewsBecky Bohrer
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.ArcticJennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
Slow Magic is known as a master of the "glo-fi" genre, creating mysterious and mellow soundscapes with a crisp, frosty edge. He'll perform an all-ages show Friday at The Fiesta Room in Anchorage. MusicKatie Medred

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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

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