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A decision by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to allow three commercial fishing openers outraged some subsistence fisherman, who say that without chinooks this year, they are relying on silver salmon to get enough fish for the winter.
Lisa Demer
Seafood lovers can breathe a sigh of relief. The state has increased the number of Alaska fish species that are safe to eat every day, even by pregnant women and small children, based on expanded research.
Kyle Hopkins
A Fairbanks judge on Tuesday sentenced Peter Tony, a former foster parent in the Southwest Alaska community of Bethel who five months ago pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual abuse of a minor, to 66 years in prison -- effectively a life sentence for the 70-year-old.
Michelle Theriault Boots
Alaska State Troopers say a 19-year-old man stabbed his 66-year-old foster mother to death with a steak knife during a brief struggle early Monday after setting a fire in the residence they shared near Wasilla.
Zaz Hollander
The Alaska Democratic Party is getting a substantial cash infusion from a group in Washington, D.C., that’s dedicated to preserving the national Democrats’ fragile majority in the U.S. Senate.
Nathaniel Herz
As Alaskans are set to vote on either accepting a new oil tax structure or returning to the structure established under her administration, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin cautioned against inviting "crony capitalism" back into the state during an interview with Alaska Dispatch News on Tuesday.PoliticsLaurel Andrews
One of Alaska's oldest and most respected big-game guides, Joe Hendricks was a victim, in large part, of letting other guides use his exclusive hunting area in the Brooks Range. But as he admits, he wasn't totally innocent either.OutdoorsCraig Medred
A 14-year-old Brevig Mission boy charged with killing seven musk oxen near his Western Alaska village in 2012 has reached a plea deal with state prosecutors, agreeing to a $3,000 fine and forfeiture of the family’s four-wheeler and firearms used in the killings. Crime & JusticeTegan Hanlon
OPINION: No matter the topic, it's more important to find the right answers than win the debates.CommentaryMike Dingman


Elise Patkotak: Keeping pot illegal has only made substance abuse, illicit trade harder to address

OPINION: It's time we realized that prohibition of substances people want to use badly enough simply doesn’t work. It was a failed policy with alcohol in the 1920s and it’s a failed policy now with marijuana.Elise Patkotak


A recap of action in the Alaska Baseball League through games of July 21

The Fairbanks Goldpanners, winnings of 14 of their last 15 games, swept the Anchorage Bucs in a doubleheader Monday. Wednesday, Dick Lobdell, the long-time Anchorage Glacier Pilots voice and an Alaska broadcast legend who died earlier this year, will be honored at Mulcahy Stadium.Alaska Dispatch News


Alaska documentary chronicles one family's remote cabin adventure

Jean Aspen and her husband, Tom Irons, who divide their time between Homer and the Brooks Range, created a documentary about a solitary life in the wilds of Alaska that differs from a lot of Alaska reality TV in one key way: It's actually real. Dermot Cole

News & Politics

Appeals courts disagree on key component of Affordable Care Act

Two federal appeal courts on Tuesday reached opposite conclusions regarding the government's ability to subsidize health care plans under the Affordable Care Act. At stake is the cost of 4.6 million health care plans nationwide, including the plans of more than 11,000 Alaskans who qualified for subsidies.Laurel Andrews