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Alaska State Troopers reported Saturday that they had arrested two suspects in the theft of $30,000 of steel, aluminum and copper from a backup fish hatchery in Eklutna. Damage to the facility also reportedly tallied $30,000.
Ben Anderson
A 32-year-old man died when he was struck by a car driven by an Alaska Dispatch News newspaper carrier near downtown Anchorage early Saturday morning, police said.
Devin Kelly
Chris Ashenbrenner, a longtime state employee, has come out of retirement and assumed a newly created position in hopes of helping to guide Alaska through its expected Medicaid expansion process.
Tegan Hanlon
A 28-year-old inmate was found dead early Friday in a bathroom at the Anchorage Correctional Complex hours after he was arrested, according to the Alaska Department of Corrections. 
Tegan Hanlon
A new Anchorage Assembly committee has been tasked with studying the regulation and taxation of the cultivation, manufacture and commercial sale of marijuana in Anchorage.
Suzanna Caldwell
Between three and 13 wolves were lingering in or around the village in Alaska's Northwest Arctic, according to estimates from residents. Locals blame poor snow cover, which is making it hard for the wolves to hunt caribou, their usual prey. WildlifeJillian Rogers
Top Canadian environmental officials have rejected calls from Southeast Alaska for a new, more thorough environmental review of a mine that may threaten jointly targeted salmon stocks.BusinessPat Forgey
Gov. Bill Walker contends that loosening the state's tight nine-month deadline for crafting marijuana regulations would create the "best possible regulations," said Grace Jang, the governor's spokesperson. Marijuana Initiative 2014Laurel Andrews
A court decision settling the estate of the late Bill Stroecker will help a $25 million foundation become fully operational in Alaska, eventually providing more than $1.2 million a year to 50 groups or more, 36 of them in Fairbanks. FairbanksDermot Cole

News & Politics

Buckland residents on alert after wolves seen in village

Between three and 13 wolves were lingering in or around the village in Alaska's Northwest Arctic, according to estimates from residents. Locals blame poor snow cover, which is making it hard for the wolves to hunt caribou, their usual prey. Jillian Rogers

Sports

Olivier Archambault to the rescue: Aces 5, Condors 2

Trailing 2-0 early in the second period, Archambault scored two goals and furnished the principal assist on another in a span of about five minutes, and the Aces never trailed again.Doyle Woody

Culture

Chris Thompson: Ghosts of Christmases past

As the Christmas holiday season is ending, I’m sharing several impressions of Christmases past. My childhood memories go back to when I was 3 or 4. I was not educated in the Santa Claus myth and only knew that Christmas was a time for celebration of the birth of Jesus.Chris Thompson

Adventure

Alyeska to reopen upper mountain to snowboarders and skiers Friday

The bottom of the mountain remains brown, but the upper mountain got seven inches of new snow early Thursday for a total depth of 54 inches, according to the resort's snow report.Beth Bragg

Nation/World

We Alaskans

To get from farm to fork, pigs at the Van Wyhe Family Farm travel more than 200 miles from the grassy reaches of Copper Center in eastern Alaska along the Richardson Highway to the urbane confines of Torchon Bistro in South Anchorage.
Loren Holmes,Zaz Hollander