Alaska state Rep. Lance Pruitt, an Anchorage Republican, says he’s been asked by several people to challenge longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young in 2016 and would give the idea more consideration after the end of this year’s state legislative session.
Nathaniel Herz
An appeals court dismissed a case Pebble Mine proprietors brought against the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, saying that since the agency hadn't taken a final action yet, the challenge was premature. 
Erica Martinson
The 30-year-old woman from Bakersfield didn't show up for her shift Tuesday, launching an island-wide search that didn't conclude until late Wednesday morning, troopers said. 
Megan Edge
The first king salmon are showing up in the Kuskokwim River, and 32 villages -- including the hub of Bethel -- will be able to take part in a federal community harvest program allowing up to 7,000 to be caught.
Lisa Demer
The mayor of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough took a sharp veto pen to the borough budget this week, but the assembly managed to blunt all but one of his attempts to eliminate items.
Zaz Hollander
For nearly a decade, Blues on the Green was a staple on the Anchorage music scene, an annual gathering of blues fans at Kincaid Park that featured some of the genre’s greats, like Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal.MusicChris Bieri
A Denali National Park and Preserve field report issued Wednesday said there were 429 climbers on the mountain and another 112 who have finished climbing. Only Lonnie Dupre had reached the top, and his record-setting climb happened in January.  OutdoorsMike Campbell
When newborn animals are declared abandoned by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, they sometimes end up at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage. Then, says caretaker Sarah Howard, "we become mom." WildlifeMichelle Theriault Boots
The Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System has shut down operating rooms in Anchorage amid ventilation concerns and a fix to the problem is likely months away.HealthTegan Hanlon

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Halibut bycatch cap reduction should reflect what we know about the resource

OPINION: Halibut bycatch in Bering Sea groundfish fisheries is not a conservation issue, and drastic proposed cuts to the Bering Sea halibut cap appear to have little regard for jobs in Alaska communities.John Gauvin

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Wind-battered Mount McKinley keeping climbers short of summit

A Denali National Park and Preserve field report issued Wednesday said there were 429 climbers on the mountain and another 112 who have finished climbing. Only Lonnie Dupre had reached the top, and his record-setting climb happened in January.  Mike Campbell

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Carle, Thompson share another hockey moment: Game 7s

Matt Carle and Nate Thompson, 30-year-old NHLers from Anchorage, have shared much in their hockey careers, and in the next two days they will both play in a decisive Game 7 of Stanley Cup playoff series.Doyle Woody

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Arctic drilling affects more than the Arctic, say Greenpeace campaign particpants

First Nations representatives from British Columbia have joined Greenpeace's anti-drilling campaign. They say Chukchi drilling will ultimately create more environmental risks for their region. Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

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We Alaskans

Former Alaska First Lady Bella Hammond, 82, continues to live in the log cabin on the north shore of Lake Clark that she and the late Gov. Jay Hammond built together before his term from 1974-82.  “Isolation doesn’t bother me a bit," she says.
Steve Kahn