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    The Brooks Falls Wildlife Viewing Platform at Brooks Camp offers visitors to Katmai National Park and Preserve a rare close-up look at brown bears in the wild. 

    Tara Young
 Alaska veterans have faced delayed and diminished access to health care at an outpatient clinic in Wasilla, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs independent inspector general.
Erica Martinson
The Fennica, a 380-foot vessel that's a key part of Shell's plans to drill in Alaska's Arctic waters, has returned to Dutch Harbor after a gash was discovered in its hull.
Alex DeMarban
A 54-year-old man arrested a decade ago for sexually abusing a minor is facing a dozen new felony charges linked to accusations he sexually abused or assaulted a girl over a nearly 6-year period.
Zaz Hollander
The sightseeing plane that crashed in late June near Ketchikan, killing the pilot and eight passengers, was flying in "marginal" visual conditions, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Zaz Hollander
A 39-year-old Selawik man has been charged with murder in the Monday death of a 23-year-old man in the Northwest Alaska community of Selawik.
Ben Anderson
Alaska oil and gas regulators continue to pressure operators its says are violating permit requirements, including recently issuing a $20,000 fine to Linc Energy, a company exploring a coal gasification prospect in the Cook Inlet area.EnergyAlex DeMarban
State Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, could face a Democratic opponent in the 2016 general election and a contested Republican Party primary if she decides to seek another term.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
In his first sit-down interview with Alaska Dispatch News since taking office, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said he’s looking at changing the chains of command in the police and fire departments and wouldn’t commit to keeping police Chief Mew in his post.AnchorageDevin Kelly
For a time, the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines consisted of a concrete cornerstone and nothing else. The University of Alaska celebrated the centennial of its most important stone Monday.CommentaryDermot Cole

News & Politics

It's now the Kusilvak Census Area in Western Alaska as federal bureau drops slave owner's name

The U.S. Census Bureau has changed the name of a Western Alaska census area from that of a slave owner who never came to Alaska to one chosen by locals that represents the highest mountains in the region.Lisa Demer

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Adventure

State closes sport fishing for Kuskokwim chum amid low returns

One of the worst returns of chum salmon on record has prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to shut down sport fishing for chums in the Kuskokwim River drainage.Lisa Demer

Arctic

Federal polar bear conservation plan focuses on near-term goals

The Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledges that Arctic climate change is the top threat to polar bears, but it says its ability to take action is limited to tasks that fall short of greenhouse gas restrictions. Yereth Rosen

Nation/World

  • FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle on Tuesday, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog, two months after the then-executive director of Fogle's foundation was arrested on child pornography charges.

  • With his country struggling to stave off financial collapse, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will try to convince European creditors to agree on a new bailout program when they meet Tuesday for an emergency eurozone summit.