The state-backed plan for a 200-mile road to a mining prospect in northern Alaska sparked intense debate among dozens of tribal and village leaders who questioned the potential impact on their way of life.
Two unrelated black bear cubs are getting acclimated to life in captivity and to each other at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage before being shipped to a new home in Texas. Until their 2015 departure, the zoo will be allowing the public to view them. Megan Edge
Michael Memeo, 46, made an initial court appearance Wednesday at the Nesbett Courthouse on charges of murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Irma Williams in September. A Superior Court judge entered not guilty pleas for all of the charges on Memeo’s behalf.Jerzy Shedlock
An investigating village public safety officer followed footprints in the snow to the home of two suspects in a burglary and vandalism at the Togiak medical clinic -- vandalism that knocked out the building's communication and electrical systems.Dave Bendinger | KDLG News
The question of which nation should supply the steel for a $10 million Alaska ferry dock planned in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, has escalated into a dispute between U.S. and Canadian trade protection policies.Pat Forgey
While the Arctic in 2014 continued its long-term warming, much of the rest of the world was struck by wacky and extreme weather, and studies are underway to determine whether the trends are related, said scientists who released an annual report on the Arctic on Wednesday. Yereth Rosen
Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from its screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the "The Interview."Jake Coyle
The office was created in a 2004 law aimed at helping advance an Alaska gas pipeline project that would serve North American markets. That project, however, was scrapped amid changes in the market.Becky Bohrer | Associated Press