The Elders and Youth Conference kicked off in Anchorage Monday with an announcement that Columbus Day is also Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska. Then came singing, dancing, and frank discussions on serious topics facing Alaska Natives.

    Tegan Hanlon
Anchorage police say they stopped a person with a gun near West High School on Tuesday morning.
Chris Klint
Royal Dutch Shell’s drilling rig Noble Discoverer left Alaska’s Dutch Harbor en route for the Pacific Northwest -- with other vessels to follow -- two weeks after the company announced that it was ceasing exploration in Arctic waters.  
Laurel Andrews
A planned expansion and renovation of the biggest health care facility in Western Alaska is moving ahead, and changes may go far deeper than a new space and new look.
Lisa Demer
Chris Tolley was sworn in as Anchorage police chief Monday during a brief ceremony, replacing Mark Mew. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Tolley has a challenging task ahead.
Jerzy Shedlock
Journalists covering the Legislature's special session later this month will have their credentials automatically revoked if they try to take photographs on Capitol grounds during a medical emergency.
Nathaniel Herz
I gave my boss 110 percent but couldn't convince him to make the necessary changes. Now that the business is failing and most of us have been let go, I'm feeling this layoff as a personal betrayal.BusinessLynne Curry
OPINION: Maybe if enough of us Alaskans wish for hope and better days, something good will happen -- or maybe just something tragic won’t happen. Maybe there’s power in the collective desire to help Hooper Bay, even if we can’t be there.CommentaryBill Hutton
After an extraordinary boom that attracted many of the world’s largest energy companies and about $200 billion worth of investments to oil sands development over the last 15 years, the industry is in a state of financial stasis.Nation-WorldIan Austen | The New York Times

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A Maverick last week, Stewart scored on his old club as an Ace on Monday

Rookie forward Liam Stewart, traded from Missouri to Alaska last week, had only one full practice with his new hockey club before playing his old hockey club in an exhibition Monday night.Doyle Woody


Microplastics found in waters off Svalbard, raising more concerns about Arctic Ocean pollution

A new study from the journal Nature Scientific reports details the extensive presence of microplastics in the waters off the Norwegian Arctic archipelago Svalbard, prompting concerns about the potential impacts on the Arctic food web.Yereth Rosen


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  • A pair of Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and began shooting and stabbing passengers, while another assailant rammed a car into a bus station before stabbing bystanders, in near-simultaneous attacks Tuesday that escalated a monthlong wave of violence. Three Israelis and two attackers were killed.

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