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The animals in one of North America’s largest caribou herds are an important resource for subsistence hunters and their families throughout the northern regions of Alaska, and they provide a source of income for guides and outfitters who bring hunters up from the Lower 48.
Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder
While the suspension of state spending on projects like the Knik Arm bridge, the Susitna-Watana dam and the Kodiak launch complex is “pending further review,” the state’s budget director says Alaskans “should be prepared for several of these projects to be delayed and/or stopped.”
Nathaniel Herz
Alaskans are three times as likely as Americans as a whole to know about ocean acidification and be worried about it -- but not entirely clear on the scientific process that is changing the chemistry of the oceans.
Yereth Rosen
In assembling his cabinet and key support staff, Gov. Bill Walker has chosen a wide variety of independents, Democrats and Republicans -- and one whose precision made her an Olympic champion. 
Dermot Cole
When Angelica Haakenson woke up in the hospital and learned both her legs had been amputated, a family member says the 11-year-old's first thoughts weren't for herself -- they were for her mother, also seriously hurt in the Christmas Day accident on the Sterling Highway.
Sean Doogan
A highly informative book examines how Alaska Natives fought for their rights, and the ways in which those efforts impacted the eventual statehood bill that admitted Alaska to the union, giving readers an appreciation for how the groundwork was laid for the landmark 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.BooksDavid A. James
Visitors to Joe's Museum in Barrow spend hours examining stuffed animals, pieces of baleen with Native art scrimshawed or painted on their sides, masks, tools, paintings and posters signed by famous Alaskans.FeaturesJerzy Shedlock
The beloved annual tradition, which about 30 Alaska groups typically participate in, often yields surprises for patient birders.We AlaskansNancy Lord
To improve as a writer, write and write some more, Pedersen vowed.We AlaskansAnn Dixon

Voices

Watana dam would kill the Susitna as salmon river

OPINION: The Alaska Energy Authority strains credibility by suggesting that the Susitna-Watana mega-dam would improve habitat in Alaska's fourth-largest king salmon river.Jack Stanford, Ph.D.

News & Politics

Declining Western Arctic Caribou Herd worries hunters, biologists

The animals in one of North America’s largest caribou herds are an important resource for subsistence hunters and their families throughout the northern regions of Alaska, and they provide a source of income for guides and outfitters who bring hunters up from the Lower 48.Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder

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Culture

New book documents Alaska Natives' early struggles for indigenous rights

A highly informative book examines how Alaska Natives fought for their rights, and the ways in which those efforts impacted the eventual statehood bill that admitted Alaska to the union, giving readers an appreciation for how the groundwork was laid for the landmark 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.David A. James

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

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