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Anchorage police reported Sunday they responded to nearly a half-dozen reports involving weapons in the city in the course of a few hours, as well as an impromptu 200-person dance party downtown that grew as bars closed for the night.
Michelle Theriault Boots
Alaskans are embracing CrossFit workouts, with "boxes" popping up in strip malls and industrial parks around the state. The low-cost, low-tech gyms are affordable to open, and the intense workouts, popular with hard-core athletes, are increasingly attracting a broader range of fans of all ages.
Sean Doogan
It's a whole new ballgame when the 37th annual Great Alaska Shootout tips off this week -- the college basketball tournament has a new sponsor and will be played in UAA's new arena. 
Beth Bragg
The more than decade-long battle over a road out of Juneau has been fought in court, in the Legislature and city assemblies and at the ballot box. Now it is being fought with dueling studies.
Pat Forgey
Lynne Curry handles questions straight out of the Regina George playbook: How to handle the coworker who insults your outfit, and why "you can't sit with us" doesn't work at work.BusinessLynne Curry
OPINION: Congress should investigate abuses happening in the structured settlement industry.CommentaryReggie Kelley
For the state's (and nation's) largest fishery -- Alaska pollock -- the Eastern Bering Sea stock has more than doubled its 10-year average to top 9 million tons, or 20 billion pounds. And the stock is healthy and growing, according to annual surveys. BusinessLaine Welch
OPINION: Alaska's men need to step up and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with women to break the tight grip that rape and sexual assault have on our communities.CommentaryBrionne Elkins

News & Politics

Seismic activity increases at restless Shishaldin volcano

Seismic activity within the Shishaldin volcano, located on Alaska's Aleutian Island, increased overnight Sunday. Small explosions within the volcano have been occurring steadily for months, the Alaska Volcano Observatory said Monday.Laurel Andrews

Sports

By the numbers: 2014 Great Alaska Shootout

The 2014 Great Alaska Shootout marks the first time the traditional Thanksgiving tourney will be held in UAA's brand-spanking-new Alaska Airlines Center, which marks a big change for the long-running event. Here are some of the pertinent factoids.Alaska Dispatch News

Arctic

Warmer winter weather brings hazards but can benefit caribou

Unseasonably high temperatures across Alaska have raised concerns about flooding, early river breakup and now, the Western Arctic Caribou Herd.Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder

Adventure

Sharpen your blades: Backcountry skating in Southcentral Alaska doesn't get much better

Ice-covered lakes are not unusual this time of year in Alaska. What is unusual is the lack of snow on top of the ice, leaving backcountry skaters such as Anchorage’s Kevin Turinsky a little gaga. “Yesterday, we went to Nancy Lake, and the conditions were just sublime," he said.   Brian Brettschneider

Nation/World

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation on Monday, the first Cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Barack Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises.

  • Hours away from a Monday deadline for completing a new accord to curb Iran’s nuclear program, negotiators planned to extend talks for another seven months, a Western diplomat said.

We Alaskans

Natural food, unnatural shortages

Successful hunting and fishing in the Bering Sea have always depended on weather and ice conditions. But climate change is now disrupting the seasonal patterns and threatening the food sources -- and cultural traditions -- that St. Lawrence Islanders and other Natives have relied on for millennia.Elizabeth Grossman | High Country News