Two in-depth series became the centerpieces of Alaska Dispatch's coverage this week. The first, a series by Craig Medred that recounted a fatal climb on Mount McKinley during the 2011 season which resulted in a climber's death when he followed the advice of his experienced guide.
It was a timely report, as Saturday saw the first death of 2012 on McKinley, a climber who fell more than 1,000 feet on North America's highest peak.
The second was an in-depth look at the island of Kodiak -- the second largest in the U.S. -- as it struggled to come to terms with a tragic double murder near its renowned Coast Guard base. The investigation continues, but Amanda Coyne drilled down on what concerned residents of the small community are feeling in the wake of the murder, still looking for answers more than a month later, as authorities remain mostly tight-lipped.
And while those stories were the big talkers of the week, it wasn't the end of the coverage: the militia trial of three men accused of plotting to kill government officials continued in Anchorage, and two villages voluntarily evacuated their sick and elderly in the face of flooding along the Kuskokwim River.
It wasn't all heavy, though -- there was also an exciting seafood cookoff, and some tourists (and, OK, some Alaskans) who got a little too up close and personal with a brown bear. So sit back and enjoy the best of the week!