Anchorage police have identified the man struck by a vehicle and killed at Benson Boulevard and the Seward Highway on Wednesday as 51-year-old Russell G. Place.
Jerzy Shedlock
As the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a court case challenging Affordable Care Act subsidies, Alaska legislators on Wednesday heard a presentation attacking another component of the ACA: Medicaid expansion.
Laurel Andrews
After an unseasonably warm and rainy February, a blast of cold Arctic air from Siberia is bearing down on Alaska, and is forecast to bring snow and colder-than-usual temperatures to a large swath of Alaska. 
Tegan Hanlon
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is proposing a landing fee at the Deadhorse Airport, the aviation hub for the North Slope's oil industry, and some stakeholders aren't pleased with the idea.
Jeannette Lee Falsey
The conservative group Americans for Prosperity, founded by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, brought national politics into the Anchorage mayoral race this week by running ads tying candidate Ethan Berkowitz to President Obama.
Devin Kelly
Slow Magic is known as a master of the "glo-fi" genre, creating mysterious and mellow soundscapes with a crisp, frosty edge. He'll perform an all-ages show Friday at The Fiesta Room in Anchorage. MusicKatie Medred
The spunky, disabled husky puppy embraced by the world has found a new home. General will stay near his original family. Alaska NewsCraig Medred
A new device promises to automatically track, and shoot down pesky mosquitoes with a burst of laser energy. It's perhaps the most high-tech way to massacre some mosquitoes.ScienceSean Doogan
The Virginia consulting firm that worked on U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan’s successful campaign last year is opening an office in Alaska and completing an agreement to be the lead strategist for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s re-election bid.PoliticsNathaniel Herz

News & Politics

As lawmakers take up marijuana legislation, federal issues loom

As the Senate Finance Committee takes up a bill related to state legalization of marijuana Thursday morning, some lawmakers have raised concerns about federal enforcement. While now legal for recreation use in small amounts in Alaska, the drug remains illegal federally.Molly Dischner

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Culture

Masked musician Slow Magic brings glittery, glo-fi sound to Anchorage

Slow Magic is known as a master of the "glo-fi" genre, creating mysterious and mellow soundscapes with a crisp, frosty edge. He'll perform an all-ages show Friday at The Fiesta Room in Anchorage. Katie Medred

Arctic

U.S. to decide soon on Shell request for extra time on Arctic leases

Without federal action, Shell’s oil and gas leases in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's northern coast will begin expiring in 2017, followed by its drilling rights in the neighboring Chukchi Sea two years later. Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle

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We Alaskans

Longing for fresh water and the ornery ice finally melting

The only pull of nostalgia I get from leaving the winter water system behind is mothballing our old-fashioned pitcher-pump until the next fall. Over the years, the pump has been patched by welds, repainted and has seen more replacement gaskets than the old 1967 Rambler station wagon that was my first car.Steve Kahn