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The Alaska Gallery, the historical display section on the second floor of the Anchorage Museum, will undergo a complete remodel starting next year.

The upgrade will cost $15 million and begin at the end of the summer tourist season in 2016. The 1,500 items currently on display will be removed and the space on the second floor of the museum gutted. The new gallery will occupy the same 12,000-square-foot location as the present gallery. It's expected to reopen in the fall of 2017, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the acquisition of Alaska by the United States...

Mike Dunham

PALMER -- The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly last week tabled a land deal that would have created a new Valley-area shooting range for a growing corps of youth shooting teams.

The deal involved a $17,720 payment for borough land near Big Lake valued at 10 times that much. It would create primarily a clay target field, with opportunities for archery teams and an area to certify for basic hunter education with a rifle, supporters say.

The Assembly voted to delay a decision until June, in hopes that borough staff could find a new location for the range. Residents living near the proposed range testified during a crowded public hearing about the potential for noise and threats to wildlife, as well as a lack of public notice...

Zaz Hollander
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Brendan Connolly didn’t score a goal in the Alaska Aces’ first nine hockey games this season and was stuck on one goal through 13 games.

History said that funk would not last...

Doyle Woody

Brendan Connolly did not score a goal in the Alaska Aces’ first nine hockey games this season, and he was stuck on one goal after 13 games.

Still, his rink resume -- four consecutive ECHL seasons of 22 goals or more -- argued that funk would not persist.

And it hasn’t.

Connolly delivered two more goals Wednesday night -- that gives him seven in the last six games -- to help spur the Aces to a nail-chewing 5-4 victory over the Colorado Eagles at Sullivan Arena.

Connolly owns 15 goals in 39 games, easily on pace for another campaign of 20-something goals. He also owns a seven-game point streak and has bagged 7-4—11 totals in that span...

Doyle Woody
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More than 50 agencies and organizations and about 150 volunteers gathered at the Menard Center in Wasilla to contribute to the Mat-Su Valley Homeless Connect event on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. The annual event, in its fifth year, was expected to serve about 200 people....

Marc Lester

Tyler Millar and Jack Martensen each furnished one goal and one assist Wednesday night and Cook Inlet Conference-leading Service edged closer to a regular-season title with a 3-1 win over East at Ben Boeke Arena.

Jacob McVay added a goal for the Cougars and Ronan Klancher pocketed the shutout with 11 saves.

The Cougars (12-1-0 CIC) own a two-point lead on Dimond. Both teams have one regular-season game remaining before the conference tournament opens next week.

East goaltender Matthew Purvis shined with 44 saves.

Alaska Dispatch News

As you’ve probably guessed after over a year of this silly column, I write about Alaska reality television. Generally, I don’t venture out of the safe, comfortable confines of the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, National Geographic and the other cable channels that manage to fill hours of programming with so-called Alaskana.

But occasionally I take a moment to talk about other zeitgeisty television topics. And since it’s really cold, still pretty dark outside and a reader asked for it, I want give you some non-Alaska TV suggestions to get you through the remainder of winter...

Emily Fehrenbacher

JUNEAU - In the wake of President Barack Obama's actions this week to limit oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and in waters off Alaska’s coast , the floor of the state Senate on Wednesday erupted with a string of impassioned speeches and fiery rhetoric.

Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, rose to address the topics of “preposterous courage and hashtags,” and used his speech to reference Alexander the Great and propose a social media label for citizens’ objections: #ThisIsOurAlaska...

Nathaniel Herz

Something to keep in mind before dining at BurgerFi is that high-end ingredients cost more. The restaurant is part of a chain that serves hand-cut fries and all-natural, free-range Angus beef (no hormones or antibiotics) that has never been frozen. BurgerFi also professes “environmentally sustainable best practices” in its design, furnishings and operation.

That’s why the basic BurgerFi Burger costs $7.27. It comes with two patties, lettuce, tomato and a sauce that’s similar to Thousand Island dressing (but thinner), and the potato bun is delicious. Yet the size of that bun -- slightly smaller than a standard fast-food burger -- is something of a surprise. (One guy I know said, “I thought I’d ordered off the kids’ menu.”)...

Donna Freedman

In advance of Thursday’s expected announcement the American Hockey League next season will move into several ECHL markets in California and shake up both leagues, Alaska Aces managing member Terry Parks said his club is here to stay as an ECHL franchise.

“We’re not leaving to go to the AHL, we’re staying in the ECHL,’’ Parks said Wednesday. “We’re not going anywhere as long as I’m alive.’’

Multiple media reports have ECHL Bakersfield, Stockton and Ontario elevating to the AHL next season, when the circuit one step below the NHL is also expected to place franchises in San Jose and San Diego.

Such moves would reduce the ECHL’s current Pacific Division from seven teams to four -- the Aces, Idaho Steelheads, Utah Grizzlies and Colorado Eagles...

Doyle Woody

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