Alaska Dispatch's Best of the Week: Jan. 5-11

Craig Medred

Last week saw the birth of a new year; this week saw the death of AGIA. From the mysterious absence of a downtown ice rink to a teen's sudden death and his family's crusade to prove it was caused by the drug Spice, here are some of Alaska Dispatch's best stories of the week.

  1. 1 Alaska, TransCanada abandon AGIA; Parnell proposes state ownership share in LNG project

    Gov. Sean Parnell said Alaska has agreed with TransCanada to part ways under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, and that he wants the state to become a part owner of a liquefied natural gas project to tap the state's vast North Slope reserves.

  2. 2 Emergence of rare Tlingit war helmet raises a chorus for homecoming

    The discovery of a priceless Tlingit war helmet that sat misidentified in the archives of a western Massachusetts museum has Tlingit tribal leaders calling for the artifact to be returned to Southeast Alaska.

  3. 3 In the wake of a teen's unexplained death, answers about Spice are hard to come by

    The state has ruled 18-year-old Kurtis Hildreth’s cause of death as “undetermined.” But his family believes he was killed by the synthetic drug Spice -- and they plan to fight for answers.

  4. 4 The missing rink: No skating this year in Anchorage's Town Square

    The ice rink that has for years graced Town Square Park in the heart of downtown Anchorage exists only in memory this year. The reason? Depends on who you ask.

  5. 5 Wal-Mart, state hash out sustainability of Alaska salmon

    After two days of meetings, state and industry leaders appear to have convinced the retail giant that Alaska salmon is sustainable enough to stay in 4,000 U.S. stores whether or not it's certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.

  6. 6 The strange, too-short life of Genghis Muskox

    A free-spirited wanderer named Genghis Muskox seems almost destined to end up in Alaska. But destiny also may have brought him together with Paul Vermillion, the 30-year-old Iraq War veteran who is now accused of killing Muskox during a night of drinking on the Kenai Peninsula.

  7. 7 Hundreds celebrate memory of Native leader Bernice Joseph

    Hundreds gathered in Fairbanks Thursday morning to honor the memory of Bernice Joseph, a leader in Alaska education who died this week at 49.

  8. 8 As courts consider Anchorage labor law rewrite, city uses it to negotiate with unions

    As the Alaska Supreme Court hears arguments about whether a recall referendum can go on the ballot, the municipality has already seen some success in negotiating union contracts using the AO-37 labor law rewrite.

  9. 9 Investigation into narwhal tusk trafficking nets guilty pleas

    Two men have admitted to illegally selling narwhal tusks in an operation that spanned across North America and into Alaska.

  10. 10 Potential new evidence pops up in Rumrunners trial

    The trial of Rumrunners Old Towne Bar and Grill -- a downtown Anchorage establishment that closed a year ago after multiple allegations of assault and more liquor law violations than any other bar in Alaska -- and a former bouncer was set to begin Thursday, but potential new evidence postponed the proceedings.

  11. 11 Officials examine Cessna after hard landing in middle of Anchorage street

    A small plane made an emergency landing on a busy Anchorage roadway Tuesday afternoon, but the minimal damage and lack of injuries means it may not qualify as an accident under NTSB standards.