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One of Alaska's oldest and most respected big-game guides, Joe Hendricks was a victim, in large part, of letting other guides use his exclusive hunting area in the Brooks Range. But as he admits, he wasn't totally innocent either.Craig Medred
 Prosecutors said David Alan Gonzales was caught with a package containing 52 grams of pure meth. Gonzales, whose rap sheet includes similar convictions in California, faces life in prison and a $20 million fine. Jerzy Shedlock
Bicyclist Jeff Dusenbury was known in Anchorage cycling circles for pushing hard and going far, all the while with a smile on his face. So when he was killed Saturday morning on a quiet street close to his home, it was hard for those close to him to understand.Michelle Theriault Boots
Anchorage police responded Saturday morning to reports of a fatal hit-and-run collision involving a bicyclist; a 17-year-old driver has been detained.Devin Kelly
After the death of village public safety officer Thomas Madole, the Alaska Legislature voted unanimously to allow Native associations to let the officers carry handguns. The bill was signed into law Friday in Naknek by Gov. Sean Parnell. Pat Forgey
In a decision with important implications for tribal powers in Alaska, the state Supreme Court on Friday rejected an Indian Child Welfare Act case in which the Parnell administration challenged the authority of a tribal court in order to protect the constitutional rights of a man who had brutally assaulted and kidnapped his girlfriend.   Alex DeMarban
Anchorage police have identified the woman found dead near downtown on Tuesday morning as 26-year-old Jessica Lake.Jerzy Shedlock
Two Anchorage men have been convicted of possession and distribution of child pornography in the past week. The most recent conviction, handed down Wednesday, involved a defendant who gave music lessons to local children.Jerzy Shedlock
Alaska State Troopers say a despondent man who initially refused to pull over exited his vehicle on the Sterling Highway and retrieved a firearm from his trunk. That prompted troopers to fire in response, injuring the man.Jerzy Shedlock

In the wake of a recent string of deaths in Alaska correctional facilities, the public and lawmakers on Tuesday called for establishing additional oversight of deaths within the corrections system.

Michelle Theriault Boots and Bob Hallinen