Big stories in the 49th state this week: Alaska's much anticipated sovereign citizens militia trial got under way. Three members of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia -- Schaeffer Cox, Coleman Barney and Lonnie Anderson -- face multiple federal charges, including the attempted killing of federal employees. The militiamen were arrested last year for allegedly hatching a scheme known as "2-4-1." Read all about it from Jill Burke and Ben Anderson, Alaska Dispatch staff writers who will be covering the trial for coming weeks.
A tragic story from rural Alaska, where as many as 11 people have committed suicide since beginning of the year. One of those was a man named Gusty Gusty, from the small village of Stony River. Dispatch staff writer Alex DeMarban was in Stony River recently and interviewed Gusty. Read more about that experience, and the epidemic of suicide in rural Alaska.
Lots of great multimedia this week, including images from the tsunami debris-strewn shores of Kodiak as well as a revealing video on what it takes to be a nude model in the Last Frontier. Here, then, are some of the stories that mattered most in Alaska this week.