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The last of three federal defendants who pleaded guilty this year to Clean Air Act violations  at a Dutch Harbor seafood plant -- including failing to operate emissions control systems and lying on government-required reports -- was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation.
Jerzy Shedlock
A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of the Pebble mine project and put a temporary halt on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to protect the salmon-rich Bristol Bay watershed.
Lisa Demer
A 40-acre chunk of hayfield near the Palmer fairgrounds once eyed for an industrial training center is now protected by a conservation easement that preserves the land for farming. 
Zaz Hollander
A Superior Court judge has invalidated the state of Alaska's requirement that local school districts help pay for education, which could leave a cash-strapped state on the hook for more than $220 million in additional funding statewide.
Mark Thiessen | Associated Press
Fairbanks Natural Gas wants to sell its liquefied natural gas plant in Point MacKenzie to Hilcorp and sign a 10-year deal under which it would buy natural gas from Hilcorp for $15 per thousand cubic feet.
Dermot Cole
Opposition to a number of sales tax proposals in the Alaska community of Nome was widespread at Monday's city council meeting, with a proposal that would remove a sales tax exemption for churches and nonprofits dying on the table.Alaska NewsMatthew F. Smith | KNOM
Alyeska won't be opening on Thanksgiving Day as planned. Little snowfall and warm temperatures have kept the base of the mountain bare and dangerous for those hoping to hit the slopes. OutdoorsMegan Edge
Sixty-four years after it was discovered in the Arctic, a giant, prehistoric marine reptile has finally been positively identified. The University of Alaska scientist who led the research team says the particularly exciting thing about the find is the presence of the animal's "last meal" still inside the skeleton.ScienceMike Dunham
 Bethel’s tiny 6-year-old public bus system is in danger of shutting down just as it is about to really get going. This month, the City Council learned the Bethel tribe will no longer match funds, leaving the city is scrambling to come up with the money.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer

Arctic

Polar Sea: Major new Arctic adventure, science, social documentary series

A new documentary series chronicling a Northwest Passage sailing adventure also highlights changes happening in the Arctic because of a warimng climate. Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International

Adventure

Sharpen your blades: Backcountry skating in Southcentral Alaska doesn't get much better

Ice-covered lakes are not unusual this time of year in Alaska. What is unusual is the lack of snow on top of the ice, leaving backcountry skaters such as Anchorage’s Kevin Turinsky a little gaga. “Yesterday, we went to Nancy Lake, and the conditions were just sublime," he said.   Brian Brettschneider

Nation/World

We Alaskans

Faith and fate: Deacon survives brush with death

Deacon and former big-game guide Curt Leuenberger, just 52, was laid low when his kidneys began to fail. Despite going into a coma, he eventually rallied to survive after two transplants.   Joel Davidson | Catholic Anchor