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Alaska Dispatch's Best of the Week: Nov. 10-16

Craig Medred

From the booming business of serving Alaska's doomsday preppers to reaction to Gov. Sean Parnell's refusal to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law, here are some of Alaska Dispatch's best stories of the week.

  1. 1 Chorus of disappointment over Alaska Medicaid rejection

    Business leaders, along with the AARP and a faith-based group were among those unhappy with the governor for rejecting an expansion of Medicaid. One pastor noted a track record of decisions against helping the poor and needy.

  2. 2 'Alaskan Women Looking for Love' stretches 'reality' TV to limits

    The reality TV show "Alaskan Women Looking For Love" drew to a close Sunday night, and perhaps less important than whether or not the six fish-out-of-water stars of the show found soulmates is what kind of stereotypes the rest of America now has about the real men and women of Alaska.

  3. 3 Report blames state justice system for lack of public safety in rural Alaska

    The Indian Law and Order Commission advocates greater tribal sovereignty, including action by Congress to change the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and how courts have interpreted it. 

  4. 4 'Pupil + Paper' design competition showcases young Alaskan imagination

    The reasons to love "Pupil + Paper," a design and scholarship competition and fundraiser for The Children's Lunchbox, are as layered and lovely as runway-ready garments local high school students fashioned from recycled paper and put on display at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

  5. 5 Victim: Wasilla 'black widow' grandma coerced her children into surrogacy

    A Wasilla grandmother accused of sexual abuse convinced her daughters to have babies, then give them up to her, according to a family member who's come forward.

  6. 6 Marketing doomsday: Business booms for Alaska's reluctant 'preppers'

    As two Alaska businessmen found out, agreeing to appear on a reality show about what most of urban America would consider a fringe lifestyle has risks, but the payoff can be huge.

  7. 7 Independent power producers air grievances at legislative roundtable

    Alaska independent power producers say state regulations put them at a disadvantage in the market -- and do nothing to help drive Alaska's set energy policy goal of 50 percent renewable energy by 2025.

  8. 8 Who's behind websites aiming to confound Alaska enrollment in Healthcare.gov?

    The two sites use different tactics to arrive at the conclusion: Alaskans shouldn't sign up for health insurance at the new website created under the federal Affordable Care Act. One site is obvious in its anti-Obamacare sentiment, but the other operates under the guise of neutrality.

  9. 9 Bears still roaming Anchorage neighborhoods midway through November

    Despite recent snow, it's been a pretty warm autumn in Southcentral Alaska, and bears are still roaming the East Anchorage area, causing problems and eating birdfeed instead of hibernating, as they should be this time of year.

  10. 10 Norwegian company looks to Alaska for Arctic shipping stopover port

    A shipping company doing brisk business in the European Arctic is interested in finding a western Alaska site to support expanding cargo transport, and the state is helping examine what it might take to make it happen.

  11. 11 Chiropractor linked to Chena Ridge bomb blast challenges search warrant

    A former Fairbanks chiropractor who shook up Chena Ridge last winter with a blast that could be heard for 20 miles, argues that the weapons seized from his property can't be used as evidence because the search warrant mentioned explosives, not firearms.

  12. 12 Ex-commissioner calls for Alaska energy mega-projects analysis, and 'call bluff' on North Slope gasline

    A former Alaska Natural Resources Department commissioner spoke with unusual candor about the state's wide array of energy mega-projects on Wednesday at a discussion hosted by Commonwealth North.

  13. 13 $100,000 tennis grant if Anchorage builds indoor courts

    Tennis, anyone? A new grant offer has Anchorage tennis supporters hoping more people will be asking that question. But the money comes with a catch.