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Troopers, rangers and mountain rescuers were summoned to O'Malley Peak twice over the weekend in separate incidents of hikers in need of aid.

Alaska Dispatch News
A proposal to dike and dredge the Matanuska River comes after years of agitating from a Sutton couple whose house perches at the crumbling river's edge.Zaz Hollander
On the Kenai Peninsula, where visitors account for a 40 percent swell in the local economy each summer, a year of disappointing salmon runs means a bottom line that looks a little bleak for local businesses.Megan Edge
A plane with four people aboard went down shortly after takeoff from Lake Hood Sunday evening, coming down in the woods not far from the airport.Michelle Theriault Boots
The Army Corps of Engineers is working on the final new barracks as part of an effort to meet federal standards enacted in 1995 by the Secretary of Defense. The model requires barracks for single personnel to resemble “small efficiency apartments.” Tegan Hanlon
A 33-year-old Wasilla man was arrested Saturday night for driving recklessly while “severely intoxicated” with seven young children --  none wearing restraining devices -- in his truck, the Alaska State Troopers said.Michelle Theriault Boots
Burkhead’s students don’t work with a textbook; he has them reading freshly published science journal articles and working with primary source material.Kathleen Mccoy
The Alaska VA Healthcare System has moved a nurse practitioner from Anchorage to Wasilla to treat patients at the Mat-Su VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, a facility that Sen. Lisa Murkowski has flagged for investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs.   Tegan Hanlon
As merger talks continued Labor Day between Democratic gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott and independent Bill Walker, the Democratic Party scheduled evening meetings of its governing body to ratify a deal on a unity ticket -- if one can be struck.Richard Mauer

The Matanuska River is closing in on Ed and Val Musial's home in Sutton. A planned project might be enough to route the river away, but it's dependent on the slow-moving wheels of government.

Marc Lester