Layoffs for 10,000 Alaska state workers, as could happen if legislative budget negotiators remain stymied, may not provide all the cost savings hoped for if those laid-off workers keep collecting government checks.
Pat Forgey
More than 80 people have been tapped to sit on the five subcommittees, including business, nonprofit and community leaders.  
Devin Kelly
Blaze Highlander, 47, of Olympia, Washington, had taken a company Cessna 207 on a post-maintenance check flight from the company's Bethel base Saturday but never returned.
Megan Edge
Ten environmental groups are challenging a federal agency in court over its approval of drilling permits off Alaska's northwest coast, in hopes of halting or delaying Shell's plans to drill in Arctic waters.
Dan Joling
About 3,000 artifacts excavated during the historic Canadian Arctic Expedition are on loan to the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks, where they are being studied and copied to create a virtual collection.ArcticYereth Rosen
Alaska's grizzly bear license plate is off to a roaring start after years of hibernation, with 75 percent of vehicle owners now picking the new design over the conventional gold.Alaska NewsNathaniel Herz
The Willow mushing community is rallying around Dianne Maythorne and Nick Kimlinger, the couple who lost their home and 13 dogs in a fire Monday.Team & TrailZaz Hollander
A defendant in a major Western Alaska pollution case has changed his mind and is withdrawing from his agreement to plead guilty, according to filings in U.S. District Court in Anchorage this week.Crime & JusticeLisa Demer

News & Politics

Bethel health organization calls fire 'criminal act,' raises reward to $25,000

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. has increased its reward for information on the October fire that destroyed an alcohol and drug treatment center that was under construction.Lisa Demer

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Sports

Alaska Run for Women signups begin with Wednesday event in Wasilla

Registration is open for the annual Alaska Run for Women, which will offer in-person registration and early bib pickup Wednesday in Wasilla.Alaska Dispatch News

Culture

Sunny streak leaves vegetables ripe for the picking

An especially sunny May has Alaska produce in high-growth mode, farmers report. And a new business offers locally made "microcreamery" treats.Steve Edwards

Arctic

Barter Island artifacts temporarily back in Alaska for examination, digital preservation

About 3,000 artifacts excavated during the historic Canadian Arctic Expedition are on loan to the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks, where they are being studied and copied to create a virtual collection.Yereth Rosen

Nation/World

  • In a significant scaling back of national security policy formed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Senate on Tuesday approved legislation curtailing the federal government’s sweeping surveillance of U.S. phone records, and President Obama quickly signed the measure. Both of Alaska's senators backed the measure.

  • Scores of low-flying planes circling American cities are part of a civilian air force operated by the FBI and obscured behind fictitious companies.

We Alaskans

Bella Hammond: A reclusive, no-nonsense activist

This fall will mark 10 years since the passing of former Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond at age 83, and the only part of living at Lake Clark that nags at his wife Bella is that “Jay isn’t here to enjoy it.” And she’s certain that if Jay were around today, he’d be as involved as ever in Alaska’s political landscape.Steve Kahn