A plan to use Permanent Fund earnings to balance the state’s budget has caused disagreement in the ranks of the Republican-led House majority caucus.
Nathaniel Herz,Pat Forgey
Under a proposal by Anchorage Assembly chair Dick Traini, marijuana smoke wouldn’t be allowed in public places, workplaces, medical facilities, child care centers, stadiums, outdoor arenas and municipal facilities, including schools.
Devin Kelly
Anchorage police said Thursday that they had arrested three men in connection with a shooting earlier this week in Fairview that left one person wounded.
Tegan Hanlon
An FBI explosive ordinance disposal unit was taken by helicopter this week to a mining camp off the Glenn Highway near the Eureka Roadhouse to detonate old dynamite discovered at the camp by the property's new owner.
Ben Anderson
The Alaska Senate ended the special session called by Gov. Bill Walker and started a new one of its own Thursday. The House was expected to quickly follow suit.
Nathaniel Herz
Edwin Gonzalez, the father of one and grandfather of two, all of whom died last week in an apparent murder-suicide, said his daughter was independent and chose to stay with her boyfriend, who had a history of violence and who police say likely pulled the trigger.Crime & JusticeJerzy Shedlock
Soaring temperatures in Barrow and across northern Alaska are linked directly to a high-pressure system above northwestern Canada and consistent with odd weather tied to warm waters in the Pacific. WeatherYereth Rosen
A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach with a Hitchcockian number of seabirds flying overhead is once again streaming to the Internet.WildlifeMark Thiessen | Associated Press
Dry conditions around the state have put wildfire responders on edge, especially as Alaskans look forward to Memorial Day weekend and the outdoor activities -- and campfires -- that accompany it.OutdoorsDan Joling

News & Politics

The Dalton Highway near the Deadhorse airport is overrun with water on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Crews from the Alaska Department of Transportation made a break in the highway the day before to release trapped water that was threatening the runway.
Loren Holmes

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Sports

Jakolof jackpot? Secret's out on Seldovia fishing

Fishing paradise awaits those willing to make the quick trip across Kachemak Bay to Seldovia, a tiny village with a wealth of recreational opportunities. Matt Tunseth

Adventure

Lawsuit seeking to shut down Nome sled dog kennel dismissed

Neighbors of a 30-sled dog kennel near the historic mushing capital of Nome had hoped to shut down the operation with a civil lawsuit but dropped the suit last week after a judge summarily rejected a crucial motion in the case. Zaz Hollander

Culture

Alaska fossil of the bizarre 'buzz saw' shark, lost for 29 years, goes on display at the Alaska SeaLife Center

The fossil of a bizarre shark with a "buzz saw" bite, found in the Brooks Range and lost for 29 years in the Smithsonian archives, is back in Alaska for an exhibit in Seward, thanks in part to the intervention of artist Ray Troll. Mike Dunham

Arctic

Alaska, Washington senators file bill to build Arctic icebreakers

Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have introduced a bill that would authorize the Navy to build up to six icebreakers for use by the Coast Guard.Erica Martinson

Nation/World

  • A new analysis of ancient wolf DNA has shed light on the murky early history of man's best friend, suggesting that dogs split from wolves as many as 27,000 to 40,000 years ago -- not 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, as earlier genome research had propo...

  • Islamic State militants overran the famed archaeological site at Palmyra early on Thursday, just hours after seizing the central Syrian town, activists and officials said, raising concerns the extremists might destroy some of the priceless ruins as they have done in neighboring Iraq.

We Alaskans

Dateline Alaska: Holding on to the last of the Arctic snow

While most of Alaska melted, spring in the northwest has been ideal. Good snow and lingering cold have allowed people to travel in all directions, hunting and camping, fishing and hauling firewood. Seth Kantner