This week, Alaska Dispatch journalists filed stories on issues and personalities as diverse as the 49th state's landscapes.
In Southcentral Alaska, folks continued to clean up from a freak windstorm that knocked out power and trees, winds so forceful and frightening that a hard-rocking metal band front man -- in Anchorage for a show at Bear Tooth -- reported ruining a pair of underwear in fear. Forecasters wondered whether Alaska might be in for a warmer-than-normal winter as sea ice moved in on the north coast, hindering Shell Oil and helping Pacific walrus.
We checked in on Alaskans living on St. Lawrence Island and revisited a former firefighter in Nome who lost his face in a grizzly bear attack.
Read on for more big news stories in Alaska from Sept. 9-14, 2012.