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Elementary-school-age students compete in the First Lego League competition at South High School on Saturday, Jan. 17. The competitors design, build and program Lego-based robots to complete assigned tasks on a 4x8-foot field.

Bob Hallinen
Alaska Pacific University hopes to develop and lease land in order to keep tuition costs low and maintain scholarships, president Don Bantz said Friday.Laurel Andrews
The University of Alaska system is poised to shrink with falling oil prices and shed programs, coping with budget cuts that are likely to eliminate hundreds of jobs at campuses across the state.Dermot Cole
The House’s Sustainable Education Task Force concluded its final meeting Monday in much the same mix of self-approval and dissent that marked its report to the Legislature last year.Richard Mauer
As the U.S. approaches its chairmanship of th Arctic Council and far-north climate warming continues at twice the global rate, President Obama issued an executive order Wednesday addressing federal Arctic policy. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski expressed doubts about the order's effectiveness.Yereth Rosen
The many moving parts of Alaska's fiscal situation have been organized for the pleasure of budget nerds in an all-new worksheet and game developed by the Institute of Social and Economic Research.Dermot Cole
Raising reindeer is nothing new to Alaska, but in recent years interest in the animals has surged among young people, raising hopes for increased food security and jobs in some of the state's remote regions.Suzanna Caldwell
Testimonials from former students and fellow writers reflect  the “exemplary professionalism, literary excellence and a commitment to the advancement of literary arts” that led to the selection of  Frank Soos of Fairbanks as the next Alaska State Writer Laureate.Dermot Cole
 Longtime Anchorage residents have seen major shifts in the city's economy, economist Neal Fried writes, but the long-term trend has been toward growth and diversification.Megan Edge
Technology is advancing at a rapid pace these days and thanks in part to a $20,000 grant from Verizon, the Northwest Arctic Borough School District is right on step. The district purchased 12 3-dimensional printers with the cash, one for each school in the region.Jillian Rogers