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A fresh new five-year plan for oil and gas leasing in the nation’s outer continental shelf features what federal officials hope will be a less controversial approach to oil exploration in Arctic waters, the Alaska director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Monday.

 

Yereth Rosen
A career geologist accused in an Alaska environmental crimes case involving the dormant Platinum Creek Mine is cooperating with authorities and will plead guilty Wednesday to three federal charges.Lisa Demer
In the wake of a spike of violent crime, eight volunteers who make up the recently formed community action group We Are Anchorage gathered Monday to encourage others to help foster safety in the city.Jerzy Shedlock
For two decades, a liquor store in Anchorage's Fairview neighborhood has drawn the ire of some residents and business owners, who say it stokes problems associated with street alcoholics and drug dealers. Michelle Theriault Boots
Two men were found suffering from hypothermia Sunday after they wrecked their snowmachine on a Northwest Alaska trail and one set out walking to find help, according to the Northwest Arctic Borough.Tegan Hanlon
A proposal going before the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly on Tuesday night would move the Assembly down to the floor with the public. Right now, members sit on an unusually high dais. Zaz Hollander
Although the Anchorage municipality is right next door to Chugach State Park, the rules that matter in the park are the state's, not Anchorage's. Scott Woodham
Saying parts of Wasilla's strict new marijuana laws aren't legal, two city council members want to overhaul sections prohibiting making brownies at home and transporting more than 2 ounces in one vehicle. Zaz Hollander
Cleanup work is scheduled to start this week on six abandoned legacy oil wells that date back more than a half-century and are located near the settlement of Umiat.Yereth Rosen
The Iditarod restart, already moved north from Willow, will now be moved off the Chena River in Fairbanks due to thin ice and open water.Suzanna Caldwell