Alaska Dispatch's Best of the Week: June 24-29

Craig Medred

Supreme Court rulings were big news across the U.S. this week and Alaska was no exception. Big stories from Alaska Dispatch this week included an exploration of whether Alaska's sky-high health care costs would be reined in under the new health care law, and a closer look at how the Citizens United ruling -- which allows unlimited corporate and union donations to political action committees -- would affect the make-up of the Alaska Legislature this fall.

Speaking of the Legislature, Alaska finally has a redistricting map after a year of efforts, back and forth between state and federal courts, lawsuits and more. Let the public debate begin.

Disappearance of Alaska's famed king salmon from state waterways has biologists looking for clues, and has subsistence fishermen across the state wondering how they'll stock their freezers this winter. 

These and other stories mattered most in Alaska this week. Find a sample of some of our best reporting here.

  1. 1 Devastating impact of domestic abuse revealed in database tracking Alaska Natives

    A heart-wrenching number of Alaska Native children witness domestic or sexual violence -- and many are victims themselves, meaning the cycle of abuse is poised to continue, a new public database reveals.

  2. 2 Police recount deadly Mountain View shooting; APD officer won't be charged

    Department investigation concludes Officer Boaz Gionson justifiably used deadly force against a Mountain View man who'd approached him brandishing a stick. 

  3. 3 Biologists look to ocean for clues in Alaska king salmon collapse

    The latest fishery mystery has so many in the 49th state wondering: Where have all the king salmon gone? In truth, sometimes the fish do not come back simply because they do not always come back.

  4. 4 Will Alaska opt out of health-care law's Medicaid expansion?

    Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday he was "reviewing his options" to opt out of the federal health-care law's Medicaid expansion. 

  5. 5 State officials try to contain Western Alaska salmon revolt

    Western Alaska villagers have decided they don't care what the numbers say and are going fishing. State troopers have swooped in to try to quash that sort of behavior.

  6. 6 Photos: 3-year-old Chase Andersen, Alaska's youngest motocross racer

    Three-year-old Chase Andersen is Alaska's youngest motocross racer, according to his dad, Andy Andersen. He recently raced in his second race, only two months after taking the training wheels off his bicycle.

  7. 7 Glacier wreckage linked to 1952 Alaska plane crash that killed 52

    Less than a month after a mysterious plane wreckage was spotted on Colony Glacier, evidence recovered from the site indicates it was an Air Force C-124 that crashed in 1952.

  8. 8 Citizens United: Will limitless fundraising mold next Alaska Legislature?

    How much does it cost to buy a Legislature? Alaska could find out this fall as corporations and unions funnel money through political action committees to candidates across the state.

  9. 9 Justice Department OK clears way for fall election in Alaska

    Federal blessing for our redistricting plan settles a lawsuit and testy debate over whether Alaska even had a valid map with which to plan the fall elections.

  10. 10 Killing of 2 young bears in Naknek raises array of questions

    No one is sure how big the dead bears were, but they had grown beyond the roly-poly stage, perhaps as large as 200 pounds, and troopers feel certain the woman charged with killing and dumping them felt threatened.