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Gov.-elect Bill Walker continued his efforts Thursday to assure the state’s resource industry that he is not their enemy, this time in a speech to the 35th annual conference of the Resource Development Council in Anchorage.
Richard Mauer
While Anchorage School District officials and School Board members weigh how to spend the short-term budget surplus, some observers say the annual threat of layoffs caused by uncertain state school funding is driving experienced, higher-paid staff to quit or retire in frustration.
Tegan Hanlon
A state prosecutor argued during opening statements Thursday in Anchorage Superior Court that Bukurim Miftari, 24, killed his girlfriend because he could not suppress emotions over their deteriorating relationship.
Jerzy Shedlock
Shungnak School’s motto “It’s a ‘We’” was put to the test when the Arctic Alaska village’s water system froze, leaving the community of around 260 people high and dry.
Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder
Lynx are on a roughly six-year abundance cycle in the region, with populations tied to snowshoe hare numbers. Lynx populations drop within a few years after hare populations become scarce, according to Fish and Game.
Associated Press
In honor of our local farmers and foragers, here are a few side dish recipes featuring Alaskan grown potatoes and carrots, and wild harvested cranberries and mushrooms to make next week. Food & DrinkShannon Kuhn
The winter blast that buried Buffalo this week found reporters reaching for the record books to describe the snowstorm. But a record set in Alaska in 1963 has yet to claim top honors as the biggest snow day in U.S. history.WeatherDermot Cole
This glorious maple cheesecake with a spiced pecan graham cracker crust is a show-stopper.Food & DrinkMaya Evoy
The U.S. Postal Service says dozens of post offices across Alaska face potentially reduced hours of operations beginning in January.Rural AlaskaFrancesca Fenzi | KNOM

News & Politics

Mat-Su adopts new rules for dog mushers

The home of the Iditarod has become the first place in Alaska to give dog mushing its own rule book, addressing everything from poop-scooping to people who try to harass dog teams on the trail.  Zaz Hollander

Sports

Robertson dishes rock to help UAA women roll

Kiki Robertson tied a school record with 15 assists Thursday to help the UAA women's basketball team roll past Christian Brothers 88-43.Alaska Dispatch

Arctic

Warmer winter weather brings hazards but can benefit caribou

Unseasonably high temperatures across Alaska have raised concerns about flooding, early river breakup and now, the Western Arctic Caribou Herd.Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder

Adventure

Sharpen your blades: Backcountry skating in Southcentral Alaska doesn't get much better

Ice-covered lakes are not unusual this time of year in Alaska. What is unusual is the lack of snow on top of the ice, leaving backcountry skaters such as Anchorage’s Kevin Turinsky a little gaga. “Yesterday, we went to Nancy Lake, and the conditions were just sublime," he said.   Brian Brettschneider

Nation/World

  • President Barack Obama chose confrontation over conciliation Thursday as he asserted the powers of the Oval Office to reshape the nation’s immigration system and dared members of next year’s Republican-controlled Congress to reverse his actions on behalf of millions of immigrants.

  • Despite a U.S. cold snap, the globe is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record, with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year.