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Alaska Dispatch's Best of the Week: Oct. 6-12, 2013

Alaska Dispatch staff

With temperatures dropping and daylight waning, Alaskans spend the "shoulder season" recreating indoors and otherwise preparing for the arrival of winter. 

A few stories that mattered this week: New data shows 1-in-2 women abused in the Mat-Su, a look at how a government default might affect the Alaska Permanent Fund, the return of Thursday Night at the Fights and a new class of Alaska Aviation Legends. 

  1. 1 Thursday Night at the Fights: Blood and hope mingle in the ring each week in Anchorage

    Fight club: For years, Thursday Night at the Fights has been an institution for scores of Alaskans from across the state. Take a behind-the-scenes look at what's on the line and why fighting offers a healthy outlet for these athletes.

  2. 2 Alaska's Big Three oil companies prefer limited competition

    ANALYSIS: If Alaska really wants more competition for oil and gas development, whether it's a natural gas pipeline or more oil production, it has to find a way to count higher than three.

  3. 3 Alaskans struggle to sign up for Affordable Care Act health care coverage

    The Affordable Care Act’s online Health Insurance Marketplace, where Alaskans can shop for health care plans, came online on Oct. 1 – at least in theory. In practice, website malfunctions have stalled the process. But is a swamped system a good sign for Obamacare?

  4. 4 Alaskan 'doomsday prepper' with off-grid hideaway found guilty of stealing more than $400,000 in coins

    A three-story house built 40 miles north of Anchorage on a woodsy flank of Bald Mountain doesn't appear extravagant from the outside, but it boasts a home gym, hot tub and a Gatling gun on a swivel mount. Where'd all the money come from to build it?

  5. 5 Mat-Su cannot escape Alaska's dishonor

    Violence against women: A new study shows that one in two women in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have experienced violence in their lifetime.

  6. 6 Greenpeace leader uses Arctic conference to spotlight imprisoned activists

    Greenpeace’s executive director Kumi Naidoo used an open forum at the Arctic Circle conference Sunday in Iceland to question eminent Russian Arctic explorer Artur Chilingarov -- the man who planted a Russian flag on the seabed below the North Pole -- on his nation’s arrest of 28 activists and two freelance journalists.

  7. 7 A 3-step plan for less-expensive natural gas distribution in Fairbanks

    The challenge of getting natural gas service to more residents of Fairbanks, who suffer in great need of an economic source of energy, is complex, but regulators can take three steps to stimulate progress.

  8. 8 Using microturbines to drastically cut energy bill at popular Alaska waterpark

    By using their own heat-and-power-generating turbines, the owners of Alaska's only indoor water park are saving tens of thousands of dollars each year in energy costs.

  9. 9 If US government defaults on bonds, is Permanent Fund at risk?

    Some $9 billion of the $47 billion Alaska Permanent Fund is invested in various bond holdings.  Some top national investors have been making financial moves in anticipation of a default, but it's not clear what that might mean for Alaska.

  10. 10 Anchorage labor law referendum: When will voters get to weigh in?

    The Anchorage Assembly heard from a chorus of municipal employees and their labor union representatives, Wednesday, who are anxious to vote on AO37, Mayor Sullivan's controversial labor law rewrite. Here's why they're in such a hurry.