From October 2012 to September 2013 – last year's tourism season -- nearly 2 million people visited Alaska, according to the Alaska Division of Economic Development. Of those, 51 percent came to the Last Frontier aboard a cruise ship.
The average Anchorage temperature from Nov. 1 through Dec. 23 was 29.3 degrees, the second warmest on record for that time period, the Weather Service's Alaska region headquarters said. And in Fairbanks, only two other years on record has the city gone so long into winter without temperatures dipping to minus 20. Yereth Rosen
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
Two people have fallen seriously ill as a botulism outbreak that could affect as many as 25 people in communities in the Bristol Bay region is monitored by health officials. The contamination appears to be linked to seal oil.Dave Bendinger | KDLG News
A brief mystery surrounding the disappearance of a skiff used by monks living off the grid on an island in the Gulf of Alaska was resolved with help from two nun witnesses on a nearby island.Alaska Dispatch News
Keith Cormican hopes his equipment, which can scan 200 feet of river bottom at a time and produce high-resolution images, will speed up the search and recovery effort for two travelers whose ATV was discovered under Kuskokwim River ice earlier this month.Sean Doogan