Two families, unknown to each other before the collision June 2013, shed tears in an Anchorage courtroom as Lane Douglas Wyatt, 24, was sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison for killing a 20-year-old Anchorage woman.Jerzy Shedlock
A court decision settling the estate of the late Bill Stroecker will help a $25 million foundation become fully operational in Alaska, eventually providing more than $1.2 million a year to 50 groups or more, 36 of them in Fairbanks. Dermot Cole
Chris Ashenbrenner, a longtime state employee, has come out of retirement and assumed a newly created position in hopes of helping to guide Alaska through its expected Medicaid expansion process.Tegan Hanlon
Gov. Bill Walker contends that loosening the state's tight nine-month deadline for crafting marijuana regulations would create the "best possible regulations," said Grace Jang, the governor's spokesperson. Laurel Andrews
Gov. Bill Walker announced three new appointments in his administration late Friday, naming Heidi Drygas as labor commissioner, Darwin Peterson as legislative director and retaining Larry Hartig for the Department of Environmental Conservation.Alex DeMarban
Four years after the Yup'ik village of Quinhagak in Southwest Alaska achieved worldwide fame via YouTube, the town's schoolchildren are back with another Christmas-themed video. This time, though, the message is more poignant than festive. In December 2010, the villagers delighted viewers with a silent rendition of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" performed with handheld signs in a video shot by teacher Jim Barthelman. On Dec. 18, Barthelman uploaded a new video set to "White Christmas," featuring the children trying (and failing) to celebrate winter in a mostly snowless Quinhagak.
More than 1,000 people jumped into the frigid waters of Goose Lake in Anchorage for a good cause on Saturday, part of this year's Polar Plunge event that organizers expected would raise more than $400,000 for Special Olympics Alaska.