Travelers seeking discount lodging off the beaten path can find it at its most rugged in Alaska, thanks to an increasing number of hosts offering everything from backcountry yurts to cabins, even a tent in Northwest Alaska.

Alex DeMarban
Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in April, increasing slightly from the previous month.Alaska Dispatch News
An annual multibillion-dollar debate with the oil companies about differences in the taxable value of the trans-Alaska pipeline resumed in Anchorage Monday. Dermot Cole
During its April 30 meeting the board of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority approved a loan of up to $30 million to BlueCrest Energy Inc. for an onshore drilling rig for the development of the Cosmopolitan oil field. Alan Bailey | Petroleum News
Bruce Bustamante was named president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the business advocacy organization announced Monday.Jeannette Lee Falsey
Though the state's population dropped by only 61 people between July 2013 and July 2014, the change is significant because it represents the first decline in more than two decades of growth.Jeannette Lee Falsey
Division of Oil and Gas Director Corri Feige said after the sale that the division had to go back to 2009, when oil prices were in the $60 per barrel range, to find a comparable low rate of bidding in a Cook Inlet areawide sale.Kristen Nelson | Petroleum News
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska is investigating the thorny question of whether there would be benefit in transferring the management of the transmission grid to an independent operator.Alan Bailey | Petroleum News
A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in a case alleging that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency worked with critics of the proposed Pebble mine with a predetermined goal to block the project.Becky Bohrer | Associated Press
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker toured a massive oil drill rig parked on Seattle's waterfront Wednesday before meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee to tell him that his position against Arctic offshore oil drilling could hurt Alaska's economy.Phuong Le | Associated Press