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Alaska Dispatch's best stories: Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Alaska Dispatch staff

News from the Last Frontier this week was as varied as Anchorage's daily temperatures, which fluctuated between below-zero and 38 degrees.

As the Florida primary drew to a close, it became apparent that Alaska's delegates to the Republican National Convention would be as valuable as many of the "first-in-the-nation" states, even though our presidential preference poll isn't until Super Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in politics closer to home, several generations of former Anchorage mayors came together to endorse a citizens initiative, One Anchorage, that aims to extend equal rights to everyone living in Alaska's largest city, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich endorsed the initiative, one day after he voted to support a U.S. Senate act that encourages more financial disclosure from federal lawmakers and their staffs. However, Alaska's junior senator, who's come under scrutiny for his habitual day-trading on the stock market, refused to support an amendment to the STOCK Act that would have barred him from those sorts of transactions.

Politics aside, a freelance photographer in the frozen interior of the 49th state offered Alaska Dispatch readers a how-to essay on photographing the northern lights. It was, by far, the most-read story we published this week, though not far behind were essays from another contributor, former Anchorage wildlife biologist Rick Sinnott. Sinnott has been investigating a scandal going on involving his former employers at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

You can read more about all these stories below. From us, to you, enjoy some of our best journalism this week!