A number of committees submitted numerous ambitious goals for the incoming administration of Gov.-elect Bill Walker, including possibly suspending some of the state's numerous mega-projects pending financial review and balancing the state's budget by the end of his term.
The hatchery on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was built in 1958 by the U.S. Army to provide fish for the post lakes. On Friday, it was decommissioned after the last fish left, released into Little Campbell Lake.
U.S. Army Alaska and the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, hosted a three-day small-arms marksmanship competition at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson that ended with a Combined Arms event on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Military competitors from across the state fired rifles and pistols during the event, held to select teams to represent Alaska at the U.S. Army Small Arms Championship in February at Fort Benning, Ga. Competitors also had the opportunity to earn the Army's Excellence in Competition badge and gain points toward becoming a Distinguished Marksman.
What's now called the Platinum Creek Mine, on the Salmon River near Kuskokwim Bay, dates back to the 1920s but most recently was run from about 2008 to 2012 by XS Platinum Inc. Long-ago operators used a big dredge to dig for platinum and left waste piles that still block the river and tributaries, according to a federal biologist.Photographed August 2011.
Dozens of skaters took advantage of good ice and relatively warm temperatures during a day-long skate around the Lynx Lake loop trail in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area near Willow, Alaska, November 16, 2014.