Alaska Dispatch's Best of the Week: Dec. 1-7

Craig Medred

From the jump-off to Alaska's 2014 U.S. Senate race to the suicide of a confessed serial killer to a significant temblor in Alaska's largest city, the first week of December was one of big headlines on the Last Frontier.

Here are a few of our biggest headlines of the week.

  1. 1 Proposed Alaska regulations threaten Medicaid program

    Mediset, a state medication management program that serves roughly 2,000 low-income Alaskans was placed on the chopping block without notice, say those who administer the program.

  2. 2 Photos: Howling at the moon

    During the Alaska winter, the moon reflects off of the snow, illuminating the cold night with an almost unnatural brilliance. Photographer Loren Holmes captures it in all its glory.

  3. 3 FBI: Suspected serial killer Keyes strangled, dismembered Alaska barista

    The revelations come in the wake of Israel Keyes' apparent death by suicide in his Anchorage jail cell on Sunday.

  4. 4 Why shouldn't reporters vote?

    I respect Medred’s personal decision not to vote, but I believe everyone should vote. I will continue to vote. I’ll also strive to be fair and accurate. I wish more people would do the same.

  5. 5 Aftershocks, some big enough to feel, will follow Alaska earthquake

    Alaska can expect unpredictable aftershocks, some may even be felt, following an unusually long-lived temblor late Monday afternoon.

  6. 6 Alaska wilderness women shamed by lawyer from the East Coast

    A newly arrived, East Coast-reared law clerk by way of the University of Virginia and Stanford Law has schooled a pack Alaska women to win the Wilderness Women Contest.

  7. 7 Alaska's Apollo moon rocks, missing since 1973, back on display

    On Thursday, the Alaska State Museum started displaying long-lost moon rocks for the first time since 1973, when they vanished after a museum fire.

  8. 8 Will airborne windmills revolutionize rural Alaska energy? (+VIDEO)

    Space-age invention: a brainiac company from the East Coast has lofty hopes of mining the winds over Alaska to prove its high-flying energy-making machine is ready for lift off.

  9. 9 Read those Russian River bear attack stories with caution, skepticism

    As with many stories written by visitors to the 49th state, this one contained some strange observations and false claims. The Russian River bear attacks are among the latter.

  10. 10 Alaska lieutenant governor exploring US Senate run in 2014

    Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell announced Friday that he would explore a run in 2014 for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic incumbent Mark Begich.