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A book that revisits the life of a beloved Alaska sea captain claims Vladimir Putin came to Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, years before his rise to prominence as a political force in Russia. A Russian expert says he's not convinced.  

Alex DeMarban
Breakup appears to be imminent on the Tanana River at Nenana, perhaps the third-earliest in the history of the Nenana Ice Classic. The ice has never gone out on April 21 or 22.Dermot Cole

The winners of the 33rd annual Creative Writing Contest sponsored by the University of Alaska and Alaska Dispatch News. 

Alaska Dispatch News
An excerpt from "Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-town Obituary Writer," the new book by Heather Lende of Haines, chock full of plainspoken good sense.Heather Lende
The Anchorage Concert Association will bring up some of the best-selling acts from previous years for the 2015-16 season, announced on April 27, including Pink Martini, Jake Shimabukuro, the Capitol Steps and the musical “Mamma Mia.” Mike Dunham
What is surely the oldest habitable house in Alaska is for sale, a two-and-a-half story wood-frame structure on Campbell Lake built around 1680. To be clear, it hasn’t always been in Alaska. Mike Dunham
An Alaska woman suspected her family's dog snatched her wedding ring, but she couldn't find proof -- until the diamond-encrusted platinum band turned up months later at a local ball field.Associated Press
"It kind of is redneck," auto mechanic Bryan "Bree" Parsons admits of his hard-to-miss "Swiftkick," a Frankenstein's monster of a car made from cobbled-together parts that can be spotted cruising around Anchorage.Suzanna Caldwell
Faced with accelerating memory loss, legendary Anchorage renaissance woman Jean Paal is having her funeral now while she can still enjoy it.Mike Dunham

Avid aurora chaser and photographer Ronn Murray proclaimed March 1 "one of the best nights of aurora this winter," and for good reason. This time-lapse of the northern lights was captured from a hill 45 minutes away from Fairbanks.

Tara Young