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Village public safety officers will begin training to carry firearms for the first time as early as January, says the statewide coordinator for the rural police force. As the officers prepare for weapons instruction by troopers, regional Alaska Native associations say many questions of liability and public safety remain. 
Kyle Hopkins
A month before Buccaneer Energy filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy laws May 31, its biggest lender entered a “sham transaction” to circumvent Australian law, according to a court filing in Texas.
Dermot Cole
A group of gold miners angry over a perceived slight by city officials turned out in force at the Nome City Council meeting Monday to voice their dissatisfaction over a letter written by Nome's city manager to Joe Balash, the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources.
Zachariah Hughes | KNOM
Scientists were surprised to find such large waves in the normally placid Arctic Ocean, the Washington Post reports. They attribute them to increasingly large stretches of open water as sea ice melts.
Alaska Dispatch News
A proposal to ban off-road vehicles in the growing yet still rough-edged confines of Wasilla is getting major pushback from the motorized community.
Zaz Hollander
Even for an Alaskan living in Anchorage I don’t get the sense that I am a speck on a vast landscape as often as I’d hope. I was awed and excited. As we walked, I heard “wow!” and “this is amazing” from the visitors. AdventureAlli Harvey
Scientists watch as the Mendenhall Glacier, a popular visitor stop in Southeast Alaska, continues to retreat. What will happen to tourism when it disappears from view?EconomyPat Forgey
OPINION: Columnist Mike Dingman argues that because oil is so important to Alaska, cutting taxes on production upholds the constitutional requirement that Alaska's resources be developed for maximum benefit of its people.VoicesMike Dingman
Three men -- hockey player Tim Molle, basketball player Peter Bullock and runner/nordic skier Eric Strabel -- will be inducted into UAA's Seawolf Hall of Fame in October.SportsDoyle Woody

Culture

'River of Light' an elegant mix of masterful words, art with Copper River backdrop

Kesler Woodward’s artwork is a riot of subtlety, matched perfectly to John Morgan’s writing style in this narrative poem that follows the cadence of the Copper River.David A. James

News & Politics

Firearm training for VPSOs could begin in January; some villages may opt out

Village public safety officers will begin training to carry firearms for the first time as early as January, says the statewide coordinator for the rural police force. As the officers prepare for weapons instruction by troopers, regional Alaska Native associations say many questions of liability and public safety remain. Kyle Hopkins

Arctic

Study: Wildfires could threaten Arctic caribou herd's winter habitat

The Porcupine Caribou Herd could face difficulty in coming years if a trend of increased wildfires in northern Alaska and Canada continue to threaten the animals' wintertime food source of lichen, according to a new study.Yereth Rosen

Nation/World

  • A report by New York State, along with San Francisco and London, found that iPhone theft was dramatically decreased once kill-switch tech, which allows users to remotely lock phones and wipe devices of information, was implemented. Now Google and Microsoft are joining the kill switch movement.
  • Argentina has until midnight July 30 to negotiate a deal with bondholders who rejected a restructuring deal. The unresolved debt is an overhang from the last time Argentina defaulted in 2001.