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A fire in a Willow sled dog mushing neighborhood Friday destroyed the home of Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race veteran Jaimee High and her husband, Justin.Zaz Hollander
In the early days of aviation, the Alaska fishing industry only slowly accepted the new mode of transport as a reliable method of getting seafood from point A to point B. But over time, the two industries became inextricably linked.Colleen Mondor
Seven of eight felony counts concerned practices aboard the Discoverer, a ship that plagued with engine and operational problems throughout 2012. Many of those involved a required oil-water separator.Yereth Rosen
Despite worries its facility sponsor, FedEx, would pull out, the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering will go on as scheduled next year. FedEx announced this week it would allow the Alaska Airmen's Association to use its Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport hangar for the 2015 event, as it has for the past 17 years. Sean Doogan
Officials say it's the first fare increase since 2007, and is expected to bring in an additional $1.8 million. Reservations made before the effective date of Jan. 1 will not be affected.Associated Press
Alaska's minimum wage will go up by a $1 an hour, to $8.75 an hour, starting Feb. 24 -- 90 days after results of the election in which voters approved the increase were certified.Associated Press
Gov. Bill Walker told the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce he's looking into a 90-day delay in portions of the measure that provide for commercial sales of marijuana.Associated Press
The Anchorage Museum has received a gift of $1 million from the family of late federal judge James von der Heydt.Mike Dunham
The 350-foot-wide avalanche was triggered by the skier and ran downhill an estimated 1,000 feet on the southwest face of Sunburst Ridge. The man's companion, who escaped the avalanche, helped dig him out. Megan Edge
The project manager for a proposed dam that would rise 735 feet in the Alaska wilderness said it could improve salmon spawning habitat on the Susitna River, a statement that drew sharp criticism from opponents.Alex DeMarban

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