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The most eye-catching items I saw in the round of art openings on Feb. 5 were not new. Mike Dunham
On the second page of “Chuck Sassara’s Alaska,” the author slams his plane into the snow on the Anchorage side of Merrill Pass en route from Bethel. The 1976 incident left Sassara and his passenger unhurt but stranded, unsure if they would be rescued.David A. James
"Soul of My Soldier" and a wolf pup rescue during a wildfire at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Kathleen Macknicki
An upcoming writers conference in Homer will feature former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Natasha Trethewey.Mike Dunham
Workshops are scheduled for Juneau, Sitka, Nome and Bethel for artists wanting to apply for Rasmuson grants.Mike Dunham

Supporters of Z.J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage take one last walk down the notorious steps connecting the parking lot with the second-floor entrance at the Slip Slide N’Away event Monday morning. 

Erik Hill
Author Tom Brennan's book on the slaying of Kent Leppink is, without question, squalid and tawdry, as well as appalling. But like the proverbial wreck on the highway, I found myself unable to turn away.David A. James
Alaska’s big battles have tended to be puny by world standards, with limited ramifications outside the local area. Mike Dunham
"Maria de Buenos Aires" is a wildly passionate musical allegory for tango itself that includes local tango dancers adding to the colorMike Dunham
I like to think that reading John Steinbeck's words imprinted on me the first intense love of place that I have kept alive all my life. Some places have charisma to shape stories and draw storytellers to them. Sitka is such a place.John Straley
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