The Polar Pioneer drill ship and its accompanying tugboats do not -- for now -- belong at the port’s Terminal 5, a site currently devoted to cargo ships, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development has ruled.
Yereth Rosen
The Anchorage Police Department said a man has been arrested and charged with first- and second-degree murder in an East Anchorage stabbing. 
Megan Edge,Jerzy Shedlock
Former Anchorage mayoral candidate Andrew Halcro has offered a last-second endorsement of Ethan Berkowitz, one of the two candidates in Tuesday’s runoff election.
Nathaniel Herz
The return of millions of birds -- including white-fronted geese and snow geese, mallards and loons, sandhill cranes and tundra swans -- signals spring and the start of rural Alaska’s remarkable spring bird hunt.
Lisa Demer
At the final debate before Tuesday's mayoral runoff election, Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski sparred over personal, social and municipal issues.
Devin Kelly
Across the Kenai Peninsula, a number of small farms are facilitating the purchase of local, raw dairy products through goat-sharing.KenaiKelly Sullivan
Mariana Morari, a UAA alumna, hopes to coordinate the first-ever graduation ceremony in her impoverished hometown in the Eastern European country of Moldova. First item on her list to make it happen? The iconic graduation gowns.EducationLaurel Andrews
In the last few years, researchers with UAF have drilled at Pilgrim Springs, looking for the hottest spots amid the steaming pools and snowless fields. They and others with private firms and the state are trying to determine if Pilgrim's energy might be a source of geothermal power for Alaska.ScienceNed Rozell
Alaska winters are long, dark and cold and the coming of summer is greeted with relief and delight. However, that delight is tempered by the arrival of another sign of summer -- the mosquito.Alaska NewsDorothy Chomicz

News & Politics

Boaters say they found human remains near Chena River

Alaska State Troopers are investigating a report from boaters who said they found human remains in a remote part of the Chena River State Recreation Area Saturday.Associated Press

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Voices

Demboski's work ethic, character make her a good choice for mayor

OPINION: Anchorage orthodontist who hired Amy Demboski 20 years ago says the same qualities that made her an excellent employee will maker her an excellent mayor. John Sparaga

Sports

UAA's hockey schedule includes newbie Arizona State

UAA's season-opening game in its Kendall Hockey Classic will be against Arizona State, which will be playing its first Division I opponent in its inaugural season in the NCAA's highest division after transitioning from club status.Doyle Woody

Adventure

Watch while gray whales chow down in Resurrection Bay this spring

When the first gray whale breached, it caught many of us off guard. My 10-year-old pointed toward the stern, mouth hanging open, as again and again the gray whale presented us with an impressive display of marine mammal athleticism. The atmosphere was electric after that. Erin Kirkland

Culture

Review: Second City offered a night of comedy tailored to Alaska

The opening sketch involved a woman who appeared to be fighting with her lover. But after the call, she confessed to a curious bystander that she had just been on the phone with GCI, much to the audience’s delight.Vikram Patel

Arctic

Rosneft readies more Kara Sea mapping

The company, hit by Western sanctions and low oil prices, is postponing drilling, but it says seismic mapping is still a go. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer

Nation/World

  • Former technology executive Carly Fiorina announced she's running for president, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was set to launch his bid as well on Monday, as the Republican field of hopefuls expands once more. Both Fiorina and Carson have the potential to help the GOP win over a more diverse group of supporters in 2016.

  • Two gunmen were killed after they opened fire Sunday evening outside an event hosted by an anti-Islam group in Garland, Texas, featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, local officials said.

We Alaskans

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