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While Anchorage School District officials and School Board members weigh how to spend the short-term budget surplus, some observers say the annual threat of layoffs caused by uncertain state school funding is driving experienced, higher-paid staff to quit or retire in frustration.Tegan Hanlon
A man who police say threatened people with a knife in Muldoon on Wednesday afternoon, then barricaded himself in a home, was arrested late Wednesday after the deployment of tear gas, according to Jennifer Castro, police spokeswoman.Tegan Hanlon,Jerzy Shedlock

In 2013, Covenant House Alaska held its annual candlelight vigil to acknowledge homeless youths in Anchorage and to show them they are not alone. Josh Louwerse, outreach program director for Covenant House, reminded people that the best thing you can do when encountering a homeless youth is "look somebody in the eye and remind them that they are a person ... that they are important." 


Tara Young
One person escaped a mobile home fire early Tuesday in East Anchorage; a woman who was trapped inside died after being transported to a local hospital.Alaska Dispatch News
The circumstances surrounding Dario Martinez's public suicide and accusations he abused the dogs he always professed to love have sparked a flood of emotion from friends and colleagues, who can't understand how the end came this way for someone who worked with top mushers for more than a decade.Megan Edge
After a funding battle during the 2014 Alaska legislative session and years of deep staff cuts, the Anchorage School District announced Monday a different kind of challenge: how to spend a funding surplus.Tegan Hanlon
Assembly member Amy Demboski plans to introduce an ordinance Tuesday asking the body to consider a ban on commercial marijuana operations in Anchorage, even before the election that legalized recreational marijuana in Alaska is certified.Suzanna Caldwell
The possibility of one of Rami Pagel-Miller's two children diagnosed with autism becoming distressed and possibly disruptive in an airplane has been enough to keep the family from attempting to fly anywhere. On Sunday, a Wings for Autism event let the family "rehearse" getting on an Alaska Airlines jet.Michelle Theriault Boots
The Anchorage Assembly looks poised to pass an ordinance Tuesday that would take a step toward governance of the ride-sharing service Uber after its months of uncertain operations in the city.Sean Doogan
Democrats added two to their ranks in the Alaska House in the recent general election, bringing their total representation in that caucus from 10 to 12, which may not seem like much but represents additional representation in larger committees.Alex DeMarban