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Alaska Dispatch's Best of the Week: Oct. 13-19, 2013

Craig Medred

From Anchorage Assembly chambers to the inaugural Arctic Circle conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, here are a few big news stories Alaska Dispatch covered this week.

  1. 1 Alaska's two Dan Sullivans face name-recognition challenge in quest for office

    In the run-up to the next election, Alaskans will have to mind their Ps and Qs ... and their Dans.

  2. 2 Photos: Arctic Circle conference in Reykjavik

    In Reykjavík, Iceland, the first Arctic Circle conference got underway this weekend, an international gathering of some 1,000 business leaders, government officials and others with interests in the Arctic.

  3. 3 Task force presents solutions to public comment gridlock at Anchorage Assembly

    Ever since the city cut off public testimony over a labor-law rewrite with more than 150 people still waiting to speak, an 11-member public task force has been studying how to improve the system and accommodate rare instances of overwhelming public interest in local government.

  4. 4 Alaska tobacco prevention program touts major success, but sees quiet funding cuts

    Statistics show that far fewer Alaskans are smoking cigarettes now than in years past, but anti-tobacco advocates are worried that further reductions to the state's prevention program could halt the decline.

  5. 5 Alaskan authors have several books on schedule for the coming months

    Long winters mean plenty of time for reading, and with cooler weather and holiday gift-giving on its way, Alaskans should take note of some upcoming titles set in familiar locales.

  6. 6 To make a better Alaska, don't act like 'Mr. Bicycle'

    OPINION: You have the power to change your own little corner of this Great Land for the better, and if you want to thank a veteran, then be good to one another, and make our sacrifices mean something.

  7. 7 Stuck atop an Alaska mountain in a helicopter with ice-encrusted rotor blades

    Ice formed on the helicopter blades, sharply increasing the stress on engine and pinning down the group of Alaska scientists on Mount Mageik, a volcano on the spine of the Alaska Peninsula. 

  8. 8 Suffering exposed: Alaska's women speak up about violence, abuse

    How often must Alaskans learn that women in this state are being hurt, physically and sexually abused, before being willing to put an end to the suffering?

  9. 9 Climate change concerns loom at Arctic conference

    At the inaugural Arctic Circle conference in Iceland on Saturday, agreement was largely unanimous that humans must act to attempt to mitigate the effects of climate change in the far north. But there were few solutions to the problem.

  10. 10 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.

  11. 11 Howard 'Mike' Hunt: Life of a bush pilot, in his own words

    Mike Hunt flew hundreds of planes to and from Alaska at the height of the territorial days. Once she'd become a state, Hunt devoted his life to building the infrastructure of airstrips, runways and airports that connect communities across seven mountain ranges, from the North Slope to the wooded panhandle.

  12. 12 Top 10 ways to celebrate Alaska Day

    Here are a few ideas on how to appropriately mark Alaska Day, which marks the anniversary of the formal transfer of the territory from Russia to the United States at Sitka in 1867.