Alaska Dispatch's Best of the Week: May 19-25

Alaska Dispatch staff

Some people talk about "slow news days," but in Alaska, they're few and far between. This past week was no exception to the rule, as every day seemed to bring some new excitement to the 49th state.

On Sunday, it was the uncommon solar eclipse, visible only in certain clear portions of the state. Multimedia editor Loren Holmes compiled several photographs from Alaskans around the state who got creative when it came to capturing the astronomical event on film.

On Wednesday, it was high drama in the courtroom as Israel Keyes, the man accused of kidnapping and killing 18-year-old Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig, attempted to make a break for it during a routine pre-trial hearing. He had to be wrestled to the ground and Tasered, and Alaska Dispatch was in the courtroom as it unfolded.

Jill Burke was there for more courtroom controversy the next day, as alleged Alaska militia leader Schaeffer Cox broke down into tears during emotional testimony in his ongoing trial, where he is accused of conspiring to kill public officials.

And that was just the tip of the iceberg -- there was more Pebble Mine controversy, an Alaska Native artist discussing what it takes to balance life and art, and a follow-up on a woman who had lost a member of her family to a bear in 2010.

So check it out, and catch up on all the great stories you may have missed!

  1. 1 Photos: Alaska's view of solar eclipse May 20, 2012

    Did you miss out on Sunday's solar eclipse due to the cloud cover around much of Alaska? Now's your chance to see it vicariously through the lenses of other Alaskans.

  2. 2 He's no George, but Tubby the rabbit will steal your heart, too

    To Karan Nixon, George was family. She loved that paraplegic rabbit who powered his wheeled cart around with his front paws in a powerful way.  

  3. 3 VIDEO: Inupiat artist Sylvester Ayek balances life, art

    Inupiat artist Sylvester Ayek is working to balance the difficulty of living a subsistence lifestyle with bolstering his income by producing unique ivory and wood carvings.

  4. 4 Moving testimony brings Alaska militia leader Schaeffer Cox to tears

    Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox may want to defeat the U.S. government. But he's no match when up against frightened moms.

  5. 5 Courtroom erupts as defendant tries to flee Alaska barista trial

    One woman yelled "kill him!" as Keyes was still being subdued, and he stopped visibly struggling after the taser was used.

  6. 6 New interactive map portrays mining boom across Alaska

    Where there's a mountain, there's a mine in the making. Alaska is chock full of prospects, more than 75 of them peppering nearly every corner of the state. A new interactive map shows where the action is taking place.

  7. 7 Fish and Game officials put down curious brown bear near Alaska's largest city

    Too many encounters with humans led to the demise of a 2-year-old brown bear weighing about 300 pounds. Officials determined it wasn't Shaguyik, the bear that had escaped from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

  8. 8 Another court case alleging Pebble conflicts embroils Bristol Bay officials

    A Lake and Peninsula Borough Assembly member, along with four other anti-Pebble activists, accuse the mayor and assemblywoman of conflict of interest surrounding Pebble mine. 

  9. 9 Skier falls 2,000 feet to his death on McKinley's Orient Express

    A security consultant, talented photographer and sometimes freelance journalist, Ikka Uusitalo was one of four Finns on a team climbing 20,320-foot Mount McKinley.

  10. 10 Demoted Alaska polar bear researcher questions probe's integrity

    Investigators have questioned Charles Monnet's discovery of dead polars floating years ago in the Arctic Ocean. He thinks the scrutiny is a witch hunt and claims an agency that's supposed to keep the inquiry fair is has taken sides.