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As Alaska looks to close a looming budget deficit by largely relying on the state’s savings accounts, some are pondering longer-term solutions to the state’s fiscal predicament, including some uncomfortable ideas like instituting new taxes or diverting some of the earnings of the Permanent Fund.
Nathaniel Herz
The Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services recently ordered five body cameras for ASP officers, tasked with picking up inebriated people from the city streets.
Devin Kelly
Backers of an ambitious project to build a fiber-optic cable between England and Japan beneath Arctic waters -- and in the process bring high-speed Internet to remote coastal Alaska -- say the undertaking has seen delays that will push the arrival of service back until at least 2016. 
Matthew F. Smith | KNOM
A 32-year-old man died when he was struck by a car driven by an Alaska Dispatch News newspaper carrier near downtown Anchorage early Saturday morning, police said.
Devin Kelly
Alaska State Troopers reported Saturday they had arrested three suspects in the theft of $30,000 of steel, aluminum and copper from a backup fish hatchery in Eklutna. The crime reportedly took place over the course of weeks and may have involved as many as nine people, troopers reported.
Ben Anderson
That first winter I could put my hand up to a poorly sealed door and feel the draft of cold air surging in. It seemed like some sort of osmotic pressure of the great limitless cold of an Arctic night bearing down on me and my little cabin. My tiny space of wonderful warmth constantly under threat. We AlaskansPatrick Green
OPINION: In crafting the upcoming state budget as oil prices continue to sag, it may be useful to factor in the role of state spending in the economy.CommentaryRoger Marks
The hero here is Barry Goldwater, and in him, author Barry Allen Drake presents what might be a model for drawing conservatives back into the environmental movement, which they originally started. It’s a hard sell, but as Alaska’s recent election highlights, the market for preservation is there among conservatives.BooksDavid A. James
Between three and 13 wolves were lingering in or around the village in Alaska's Northwest Arctic, according to estimates from residents. Locals blame poor snow cover, which is making it hard for the wolves to hunt caribou, their usual prey. WildlifeJillian Rogers

Voices

Jenkins: Only fools -- or worse -- chant for death of cops

OPINION: Those who stir up hatred of police after grand juries refused to indict white officers in the deaths of black suspects understand neither justice nor the nation they are blessed to call home.Paul Jenkins

News & Politics

Clam shells found in the Beaufort Sea floor during a 2010 mapping mission belong to a genus previously unknown to science, according to a new study. The clam shells date back more than a million years.
Yereth Rosen

Sports

Stassel soars to fourth in Istanbul big air

Anchorage snowboarder Ryan Stassel was a part of history Saturday when World Cup competition made its debut in Turkey, finishing fourth in big air.Beth Bragg

Culture

'Loving Nature, Fearing the State' probes intersection of environmentalism and conservatism

The hero here is Barry Goldwater, and in him, author Barry Allen Drake presents what might be a model for drawing conservatives back into the environmental movement, which they originally started. It’s a hard sell, but as Alaska’s recent election highlights, the market for preservation is there among conservatives.David A. James

Arctic

New discovery in Beaufort Sea is a very old clam

Clam shells found in the Beaufort Sea floor during a 2010 mapping mission belong to a genus previously unknown to science, according to a new study. The clam shells date back more than a million years.Yereth Rosen

Adventure

Alyeska to reopen upper mountain to snowboarders and skiers Friday

The bottom of the mountain remains brown, but the upper mountain got seven inches of new snow early Thursday for a total depth of 54 inches, according to the resort's snow report.Beth Bragg

Nation/World

We Alaskans

The total absence of heat in Fairbanks, Alaska

That first winter I could put my hand up to a poorly sealed door and feel the draft of cold air surging in. It seemed like some sort of osmotic pressure of the great limitless cold of an Arctic night bearing down on me and my little cabin. My tiny space of wonderful warmth constantly under threat. Patrick Green