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The office was created in a 2004 law aimed at helping advance an Alaska gas pipeline project that would serve North American markets. That project, however, was scrapped amid changes in the market.
Becky Bohrer | Associated Press
A crash in northwest Montana, near Flathead Lake killed 33-year-old Brett Thoft of Wasilla, and injured the passenger, local authorities said. 
Zaz Hollander
An ordinance that would have banned commercial marijuana in Anchorage failed after four hours of public testimony and debate in Assembly chambers Tuesday night. Several Assembly members expressed concern that a ban would disconnect them from conversations regarding marijuana regulations at the state level.  
Suzanna Caldwell
In 2010, President Obama temporarily withdrew offshore waters in the northern Aleutians and Bristol Bay from consideration for oil drilling, but that protection had been set to expire in 2017. Now it’s extended with no end date.
Lisa Demer
In a unanimous vote Monday, the Anchorage School Board put the largest chunk of money, $17 million, toward next school year’s budget in an effort to soften the blow of a projected $19.8 million budget deficit. 
Tegan Hanlon
The question of which nation should supply the steel for a new $10 million Alaska ferry dock planned in Prince Rupert, British Columbia has escalated into a dispute between U.S. and Canadian trade protection policies.Alaska NewsPat Forgey
A Fairbanks couple received an unprecedented double honor on Tuesday, when the state arts council announced that Margo Klass will receive the Governors Award for the Arts Individual Artist Award and her husband, author Frank Soos, will become the state's Writer Laureate.ArtsMike Dunham
Avalanche dangers and closures at Turnagain Pass have been a cause of frustration for backcountry enthusiasts. The area was still closed to snowmachiners Tuesday, and a recent storm has made skiing and snowboarding more dangerous. OutdoorsMegan Edge
 Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday it lowered the credit outlook for Alaska because the plunge in oil prices "threatens to rapidly and significantly reduce the state's budgetary reserves."EconomyDermot Cole

News & Politics

Canada and U.S. battle over steel for state ferry terminal

The question of which nation should supply the steel for a new $10 million Alaska ferry dock planned in Prince Rupert, British Columbia has escalated into a dispute between U.S. and Canadian trade protection policies.Pat Forgey

Sports

UAA women reach highest ranking since 2009

The UAA women's basketball team is ranked No. 3 in the most recent Division II national poll, the team's highest ranking since the 2008-09 season. Alaska Dispatch News

Arctic

Ruble crash expected to hurt cross-border trade

The free-fall of the ruble -- and the Russian recession that is expected next year -- will create hardships for neighboring areas of Norway that depend on Russian customers. Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer

Adventure

Last winter, snow conditions were perfect for a line that a group of extreme skiers had been eyeing for years, and professional skier Cody Townsend stepped up and dropped into the ridiculously narrow chasm, plummeting more than 2,000 vertical feet down a tight, cliff-lined chute.
Alaska Dispatch News

Nation/World

We Alaskans

Just wait -- that dreaded fruitcake will eventually look delicious

Eager to please, I tried mother’s fruitcake every year and just about every year there would be a neglected slice on the fruitcake plate with one bite taken out. As the youngest, the baby, I will admit that the thing I wanted most was to put a smile on Mom’s face and continue to be her favorite.Laureli Ivanoff