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A much-anticipated study on sulfolane pollution levels tends to back up the position taken by Flint Hills, concluding that a much higher level in the ground below North Pole should be considered safe than that proposed by the state.
Dermot Cole
A 25-year-old woman told police she shot and killed her older cousin in Fairbanks on Wednesday after the cousin tried to kick the woman out of her apartment, according to charging documents filed in Fairbanks court.
Nathaniel Herz
As the population in Mat-Su has exploded, so too has the number of businesses providing bus service, prompting a state mandate to consolidate or risk losing crucial federal grant money.  
Zaz Hollander
Two people have fallen seriously ill as a botulism outbreak that could affect as many as 25 people in communities in the Bristol Bay region is monitored by health officials. The contamination appears to be linked to seal oil.
Dave Bendinger | KDLG News
Keith Cormican hopes his equipment, which can scan 200 feet of river bottom at a time and produce high-resolution images, will speed up the search and recovery effort for two travelers whose ATV was discovered under Kuskokwim River ice earlier this month.
Sean Doogan
So far, new Gov. Bill Walker’s high-level appointees haven’t skewed to one party or the other -- and a top aide coordinating the transition says that in some conversations about prospective appointees, Walker hasn’t even known their party affiliation. But that hasn't stemmed criticism, especially from some Republicans.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
Cottonwood Creek, a pretty waterway flowing through the heart of Wasilla, is paying the price for its urban setting. The creek is the first in the Valley to exceed state fecal bacteria standards linked to horses, dogs -- and, of course, people. Mat-SuZaz Hollander
After more than three decades as Barrow’s one and only Superior Court judge, Michael Jeffery is hanging up his robe.Crime & JusticeJerzy Shedlock
By the time New Year’s Eve comes rolling in, if you’re like me, you might be over the meatiness of the holidays. Just in time for New Year’s, some friends shared some of their beautiful fish from this summer’s catch.Food & DrinkKim Sunée

News & Politics

Walker appointees defy party labels, to chagrin of some on both sides

So far, new Gov. Bill Walker’s high-level appointees haven’t skewed to one party or the other -- and a top aide coordinating the transition says that in some conversations about prospective appointees, Walker hasn’t even known their party affiliation. But that hasn't stemmed criticism, especially from some Republicans.Nathaniel Herz

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Sports

The UAA Cheerleaders performed during the Seawolves' 80-58 home victory over Portland Bible at the Alaska Airlines Center on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.

Arctic

Russian air activity near northern Norway no higher now than in other years

Despite heightened tensions and some well-publicized recent incidents, Russian incursions into airspace near Nordic countries are no more frequent now than in 2012 or 2013, Norwegian military officials say.Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer

Adventure

Now's the time to reserve a dream Alaska public-use cabin for midsummer

If you’re like me, you often visit the reservations sites too late to score a good cabin. It pays to plan and, luckily, with hundreds of cabins to choose across Alaska, there are still plenty available if you book now.  Alli Harvey

Nation/World

  • Long before revelations in the spring that the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix had manipulated waiting lists to hide that veterans were facing long delays to see doctors, senior department officials in Washington had been made aware of serious problems at the hospital, according to filings before a federal administrative board.

  • President Barack Obama for the first time used his Christmas Day visit to the troops to talk about the end of America’s longest war.

We Alaskans

Denali dilemma: Can Dan Sullivan get Mount McKinley renamed?

Alaskans of any political persuasion can agree that we should get to name our own state’s highest mountain, currently misnamed Mount McKinley. And Sen.-elect Sullivan is uniquely positioned to do something about it.Rick Sinnott