Alaska Dispatch's best stories: Feb. 5 - Feb. 11

Craig Medred

Oil, halibut and Iditarod -- oh my! Much of the news this last week was quintessentially Alaskan, with matters of wildlife and natural resources at the forefront of people's minds.

Arne Fuglvog, who served as a federal fisheries aide to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski until the day before he was charged with a violation of the Lacey Act in August, was sentenced to five months in prison, ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and deliver another $100,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Federation.

In Anchorage, the Alaska Supreme Court held an unorthodox hearing at West High School, where ExxonMobil and the state battled it out over the development of oil and gas in the ground under Point Thomson, near Prudhoe Bay. Also in Anchorage, union employees of the Sheraton Hotel received strong court intervention in an ongoing labor dispute.

Meanwhile, with the Iditarod getting under way in less than a month, some race veterans are bemoaning the exclusion of a treacherous stretch of trail in favor of a faster, less dangerous route.

Also on tap were a "moose emergency" in the midst of Alaska's snowy winter, a look into a distant future where Alaska and Russia could share a land boundary, and a new face for the Homer Halibut Derby.

Want to get more in depth? Check out some of our best stories this week, below.