What stories mattered most in Alaska this week?
If readership is any indicator, the Ron Paul revolution in the 49th state continues to grip political watchers here, all the way to Washington, D.C. Many moderate Republicans were shocked by what's been described as a hostile takeover of the state GOP by Ron Paul libertarians, who this week were criticized by party standard-bearers like Andrew Halcro for their rudeness and disorganization. Alaska Dispatch staff writer Amanda Coyne was the only local reporter to cover the raucous state GOP convention, and her coverage was picked up by such major political news outlets as Politico and the Washington Post. Read all about it here.
Other noteworthy headlines and headliners: Climate change again was a hot topic on the web this week, and Alaska Dispatch stories about melting Arctic ice, renewable energy in the Bush and possible changes atop the Arctic food chain. A Dispatch contributor wonders whether the notorious Iliamna Lake "monster" isn't really just a massive sleeper shark -- and his theory lit up the web and garnered links from science and conspiracy websites across the country.
Without further adieu, Alaska Dispatch's best stories of the week.