The family of five black bears captured and relocated after they foraged through garbage cans in Anchorage's Government Hill neighborhood briefly appeared Tuesday in Hope.
Tegan Hanlon
Faced with a cut in state funding of up to $30 million that could lead to a loss of hundreds of jobs at campuses across the state, University of Alaska officials continue to review options pending final action by the Legislature and governor. 
Dermot Cole
Rick Caulfield, a veteran University of Alaska professor and administrator, will lead the University of Alaska Southeast, replacing Chancellor John Pugh, University of Alaska President Pat Gamble said Wednesday.
Alaska Dispatch News
A federal judge has granted the state of Alaska's request to dismiss a lawsuit originally filed by the widow of an Alaska Air Guardsman who died in July 2010 during a demonstration for the Arctic Thunder Air Show.
Jerzy Shedlock
Troopers are investigating as a homicide the shooting death of 69-year-old Jimmy Gojdics, an outdoorsman and character on National Geographic's reality show "Ultimate Survival Alaska."
Associated Press
When accidents are narrowly averted at offshore oil and gas facilities, Uncle Sam wants to know about it. There’s a new avenue for the government to get those tips, via a confidential near-miss reporting system unveiled at the Offshore Technology Conference on Tuesday.EnergyJennifer A. Dlouhy
Even as river ice slowly melts in place, Alaska emergency managers and federal river experts are continuing a long tradition of monitoring for signs of ice jams and floods. WeatherLisa Demer
Big four-day festivals in Cordova and Homer are timed to catch millions of birds pausing during their flights north to refuel before heading to their breeding grounds in western Alaska. OutdoorsMike Campbell
President Obama's nominee to head health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs got a warm reception from a Senate committee concerned with recent scandals, access to care and attention to veterans' mental health. PoliticsErica Martinson

News & Politics

Anchorage woman rescued from rough surf in Maui

The Anchorage woman was swimming in the ocean off Koki Beach in Hana Tuesday when water conditions became rough, temporarily stranding her on rocks about 30 feet from shore, according to local media reports. Megan Edge

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Adventure

See Nelchina, Macomb caribou herds near Alaska highways in springtime

Low snow conditions almost everywhere, except Denali Highway country, made winter easier than normal. Nelchina caribou travel far between their summer range in the Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains and their winter habitat near the Canadian border.  John Schandelmeier

Culture

Market Fresh: Outdoor farmers markets are springing up across Anchorage

Keyes and nearly a dozen other vendors will open the South Anchorage Farmers Market on Saturday. The South Anchorage market is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the O’Malley Sports Complex. Also joining the market options this weekend is the visitor-friendly Anchorage Market & Festival, open Saturday and Sunday downtown near the intersection of Third Avenue and E Street. Steve Edwards

Arctic

Up to 500 reindeer in Finland killed annually by trains; no fences planned

Reindeer herders want the state-owned railway to build fences to protect the animals, but the Finnish Transport Agency says the herders are responsible for erecting and maintaining fences. YLE News

Nation/World

  • The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appeared to have practiced a controlled descent on his flight into Barcelona just two hours before he intentionally crashed the A320 jet into a mountainside on the return flight to Duesseldorf, air accident investigators said Wednesday.

  • About 20 minutes before the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, a final tweet posted on an account linked to one of the gunmen said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy warriors.

We Alaskans

Released by Algonqin Books just last week, Heather Lende's "Find The Good"  has already found a spot on the Pacific Northwest Independent Bestseller List for hardcover nonfiction. 
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