Wasilla’s Grape Tap just resolved a licensing problem that threatened to shutter the only wine bar in a city known more for strip malls and Sarah Palin than oenophiles. Zaz Hollander
A Massachusetts theology college has abandoned plans to sell off art from 52 Native tribes, including Tlingit and Haida items, as the federal government investigates.Associated Press
The migratory patterns of Alaska bats are largely a mystery. Some species hibernate in Southeast. Their hibernation cycle can last four to six months. Banded bats have lived in the wild for more than two decades. Steve Kahn
A man whose legal name is Santa Claus is running a write-in campaign for a city council seat in the Interior Alaska town near Fairbanks.Associated Press
Corey Rennell grew up in Anchorage, studied at Harvard and starred as an athlete in a reality TV show. Inspired by his Alaska upbringing, he's now the founder and CEO of CORE Foods, an organic food startup in the Bay Area of California.Shannon Kuhn
When I give my boyfriend a nudge toward living together, he repetitively says he just isn’t ready for that yet and it seems too soon.Wayne and Wanda

The world premiere of Texas composer Barry Hurt’s “Alaska: The Great Land” took place in Palmer on Sept. 24.

Tara Young,Mike Dunham
The Northern Sound of Colony High School in the Matanuska Valley, Alaska's only high school marching band, will become the first Alaska group to compete in the Grand National competition next month in Indianapolis. Mike Dunham,Loren Holmes,Tara Young

The issue: “Individuals and organizations ought to be free to refuse service to patrons on the basis of religious objection.”

Scott Jensen

Spruce Island near Kodiak is considered by many Orthodox Christians to be one of the holiest sites in North America. 

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