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An Army spokesman dismissed as "speculative" media reports that JBER-based Bowe Bergdahl, and American soldier held prisoner by the Taliban after disappearing from an Afghanistan outpost, would be charged with desertion.
Alaska Dispatch News
Two people are dead following a shooting in East Anchorage Tuesday morning, the Anchorage Police Department wrote in a release. The incident marks the second and third Anchorage homicides of 2015, according to APD. 
Laurel Andrews
A widespread power outage in Southcentral Alaska Monday night was caused when Chugach Electric Association's Southcentral Power Project tripped offline, the company said. Power was restored to most customers by midnight after the company added extra capacity from its Beluga Power Plant, near Tyonek.
Alaska Dispatch News
Legislation that would decriminalize marijuana has supporters concerned the measure is a step in the wrong direction, and in its current form, may make already complicated marijuana laws in Alaska even more difficult to navigate.
Suzanna Caldwell
Facing new budget pressures with low oil prices, Alaska will close the money-losing bars on its popular Alaska state ferries, which are costing the system more than $750,000 each year.Alaska NewsPat Forgey
The Alaska Cannabis Club plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Feb. 24, the day recreational marijuana is legalized in Alaska, owner Charlo Greene said Thursday. But will it be legal?Cannabis NorthLaurel Andrews
Scientists have new information about the level of detail in the songs that bowhead whales sing to one another when they are migrating into the Beaufort Sea in the spring.ArcticYereth Rosen

News & Politics

Bars on Alaska ferries fall victim to budget cuts

Facing new budget pressures with low oil prices, Alaska will close the money-losing bars on its popular Alaska state ferries, which are costing the system more than $750,000 each year.Pat Forgey

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Arctic

Bowhead whale songs are complex and copied, new study shows

Scientists have new information about the level of detail in the songs that bowhead whales sing to one another when they are migrating into the Beaufort Sea in the spring.Yereth Rosen

Adventure

Where did Whittier's silver salmon go?

Southcentral anglers used to casting a line in Prince William Sound for late-season silver salmon at the Whittier Boat Harbor, Smitty’s Cove, Salmon Run or nearby say the return has sharply declined in recent years and are seeking an explanation from biologistsMike Campbell

Nation/World

  • New England awoke Tuesday to high winds and whiteout conditions as a strong winter storm moved up the East Coast. The storm veered away from New York City, leaving less than an foot of snow in Central Park. Connecticut also received less than expected, but the storm was barreling down on Boston, where forecasters were still expecting 2 to 3 feet of snow.

  • Near the entrance to the News Corp. building on Sixth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, a Texas man quietly passed out small protest cards to employees arriving to work through falling snow on Monday morning. Under his clothes, he concealed a handgun.

We Alaskans

What brought struggling artist Rockwell Kent to Alaska?

Artist Rockwell Kent's son Rocky would consider his months on Alaska's Fox Island perhaps the best time in his life. The experience was also life-changing for Kent, as the art and book he produced there finally gave him the fame and recognition he had craved.Doug Capra