Alaska State Troopers say the motorcyclist who died in a crash on the Seward Highway Friday evening was pursued and later hit by a trooper's patrol car. 
Zaz Hollander
Whaling crews and helpers took turns cutting up muktuk into bite-sized pieces Monday afternoon in Barrow as the celebration of Nalukataq marked the end of whaling season.
Jillian Rogers
Gov. Bill Walker vetoed the $175,000 state grant given to the group that's been lobbying in vain to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, but that doesn't mean he's opposed to oil development there — only that it's time to find a new way, he said.
Pat Forgey
The Anchorage Fire Department responded to a fire in the trees along the Chester Creek Trail near Rogers Park Friday night, but had it under control by about 10 p.m., fire officials said.
Egan Millard
Tidal Vision launched its aquatic leather line on Kickstarter, a web-based crowd-funding community that has helped bring nearly 90,000 creative ideas to life since 2009. The company reached its $17,500 funding goal in less than 24 hours and now has 764 backers who have pledged $55,664 to the project.
Laine Welch
A pilot and paragliding instructor wants to build an aerial adventure course and zip line at Hilltop Ski Area, but that plan has been snarled by a conflict between the city and the operator of the ski area.AnchorageDevin Kelly
I never knew him as a piglet, never watched him trot through a grassy field or rubbed his belly. He didn't have a name. But this pig was special. Food & DrinkShannon Kuhn
Much has changed since July 1915, when Leon Urbach opened his one-room shop on Fourth Avenue. Of all the businesses that cropped up in Seward's early days, Urbach's is the only one still open and wholly in the hands of the same family that started it a century ago.BusinessJeannette Lee Falsey
"Members-only" marijuana clubs claim their patrons are not in a public space and thus are not breaking the law against consuming marijuana in public. But the state warns that continued activity could subject the clubs to criminal and civil penalties.Cannabis NorthLaurel Andrews

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