Marc Lester
On Friday, Gov. Bill Walker made good on his promise and vetoed a bill sponsored by House Speaker Mike Chenault that would have limited the state's natural gas pipeline options. But Walker may also be facing a setback to his agenda: The Legislature appears increasingly unlikely to vote on Medicaid expansion before the scheduled finish of its 90-day session on Sunday.​
Ron Wilmot

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The historic Motherlode Lodge in Hatcher Pass was engulfed in flames Friday evening, and firefighters were letting the building burn because it was outside any fire service area. The Motherlode is "probably a total loss," said Norm McDonald, fire management officer for the Alaska Division of Forestry in Palmer. Two forestry engines responded, but only to make sure no surrounding areas burned. There's still enough snow in the area that fire spreading to nearby grass or trees wasn't an issue, McDonald said. Forestry crews were concentrating on traffic control Friday night as they watched flames consume the beloved local institution, home to events like weekly jazz nights and weddings. "There's a lot of memories in that place," he said. Read more: Motherlode Lodge in Hatcher Pass burns
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The historic Motherlode Lodge in Hatcher Pass was engulfed in flames Friday evening, and firefighters were letting the building burn because it was outside any fire service area. 
Marc Lester

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With just days left in the 2015 session of the Alaska Legislature, lawmakers are busy discussing and voting on dozens of bills. Four legislators from the Alaska House of Representatives explain bills that they’ve sponsored.
Loren Holmes
Athletes from around the state competed in the 45th Native Youth Olympics at the Alaska Airlines Center on Thursday.
Bob Hallinen
Momentum Dance Collective rehearses Impact on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at a former church on Spenard Road. Impact will be performed at five Anchorage locations on April 17-18 and 23-25. 
Tegan Hanlon
Hundreds of Anchorage high school students walked out of class on Thursday, April 16, 2015, to rally against proposed cuts in state spending on education. They marched from the Delaney Park Strip to the Legislative Information Office downtown.  
Mara Severin
Suzanna Caldwell
Frank Nicholai spent Wednesday at his Muldoon apartment finishing a wooden Russian Orthodox cross for his daughter, Megan Sophie Johnson, who was found dead Sunday afternoon in an alcove at Muldoon Road Baptist Church.
Rick Sinnott
Since the late 1980s, the State of Alaska has acquired six once-private parcels in and adjacent to the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through purchases and donations. Several additional parcels were gained in trades with the Mat-Su Borough. A bill winding its way through the legislature seeks to add these parcels, totaling 3,000 acres, to the refuge.
Tara Young

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The 30th Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic was called off Saturday after a second day of poor conditions forced organizers to nix the annual race in the Hoodoo Mountains.The event, which began Friday, combines skiing (or snowboarding) with snowmachine racing over a 5.5-mile course. The race starts with a skier or snowboarder racing downhill to link up with a tow rope attached to a snowmachine, which then tows the racer to the top of a second hill. From there the racer skis to a finish line at the bottom.According to founder Howard Thies, Arctic Man campgrounds in the Hoodoo Mountains at Summit Lake becomes the third-largest city in Alaska overnight. The event has grown in the past 30 years from 100 attendees to approximately 15,000. The grounds are overrun by RVs, snowmachines, and bonfires. Arctic Man artist Sandy Jamieson likens sno-going adrenaline junkies to the motorcycle crowd: "The people are pretty rough looking, and a lot of them are working people that this is their thing. "But there's no one here who wouldn't stop to help anyone else."Read more: Arctic Man canceled due to stormWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Michelle Theriault Boots
In the world of collegiate debate, Harvard, Yale, and the University of Alaska Anchorage are peers. And this weekend, for the first time, the nation's premier collegiate debate competition came to the Last Frontier. 

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