Alaska Dispatch's Best of the Week: July 15-21

Alaska Dispatch staff

News stories that surprised even us: Joe Miller makes a return to the public square, not (yet) as a candidate for statewide office in Alaska, but apparently as a newsman. Miller, who lost Alaska's U.S. Senate contest in 2010, subsequently took several Alaska news outlets to court. Now Miller has joined the media scrum he once detested. Jill Burke has the full story.

Nearly as weird as Miller's publishing debut? A famous fence in Anchorage kills again. Yes - you read that right. No need to try and summarize what Alaska Dispatch contributor Rick Sinnott communicates so precisely:

If a house can have a personality, and surely a mansion with its own name can be said to have its own personality, the Atwood Mansion is one haunted by ghosts, the ghosts of moose. Something at the Atwood Mansion has killed four young moose in the last three years, each one disemboweled and draped limply over its gothic fence like the corpses of Vlad the Impaler’s victims.

Farther down the road, along the Kenai River, another bloodbath consumed the energy of hundreds if not thousands of Alaskans this week. The annual bloody salmon slaughter Alaskans lovingly call sockeye dipnetting is nearing apex on the Kenai and Craig Medred offers a vivid, firsthand account of the glorious carnage.

Enjoy these and other stories that mattered most -- to us, anyway -- in Alaska this week.

  1. 1 Dipnetting: Alaska's annual salmon bloodbath nears apex on Kenai Peninsula

    This is the reality of Alaska: Conga lines of salmon killers dancing down both banks of the Kenai River just beyond blood-smeared, makeshift slaughter tents.

  2. 2 Dallas Seavey, Inc.

    Iditarod in the off season: The grueling distance race's newest Big Dog is as busy as ever. How the competition's youngest champion is busy at work building a lasting legacy. 

  3. 3 Investigating Alaska's paranormal a serious business -- with growth potential

    Alaska's a pretty mysterious place with a cadre of dedicated investigators researching the unusual, supernatural and paranormal. And they take their work seriously.

  4. 4 Alaska mansion's fence kills another moose, the fourth in three years

    A metal palisade fence at the Atwood Mansion in Anchorage has killed four young moose in the last three years, each one disemboweled and draped limply over the gothic fence like the corpses of Vlad the Impaler’s victims.

  5. 5 For the love of skating: Ted Kim on his 4th film, 'VX Days'

    Ted Kim's newest skateboard film, "VX Days," will have a second premiere Friday, July 20, highlighting Alaska's skate community both here and abroad.

  6. 6 Coastal Trail lovers wary of airport expansion, 4 years after last bid imploded

    Four years after a fierce battle to protect Point Woronzof and part of the Coastal Trail from a new runway, Anchorage residents are turning out early to have a say in upcoming airport planning process.

  7. 7 Photos: Inside Goose Creek prison

    This week, the controversial Goose Creek Correctional Center will see its first permanent residents arrive. Take a tour of the new facility.

  8. 8 Fire Island wind turbines nearly ready to power up

    After years of talks, wind power gets ready to enter the Anchorage power grid as Fire Island Wind finishes construction of windmills off Anchorage coastline. 

  9. 9 Governor: Federal government on hook for Alaska health insurance exchange

    Exchanges are meant to offer a "one-stop shop" to find health insurance options, prices and features -- and then compare that information easily. Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said Tuesday that it wasn't in the state's interests to create and finance its own exchange.

  10. 10 One-time Senate candidate Joe Miller reinvents himself as online news publisher

    A publisher with a politician's heart: Failed 2010 U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller is now a bona fide media publisher. What's his ultimate goal?