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Trees blocking trails, obscenities, gunfire -- Willow mushers say it's just one sled dog critic who's responsible for several years of harassment of the kind that now falls under a new Matanuska-Susitna Borough ordinance. Zaz Hollander

New evidence suggests that the wasting disease that has killed off millions of starfish from California to Alaska has been caused by a virus found in sea stars since the 1940s. It's unclear if the illness is part of a natural cycle or if other causes are to blame, but the disease is still spreading.

Alaska Dispatch News

U.S. Army Alaska and the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, hosted a three-day small-arms marksmanship competition at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.  

Bill Roth
Lynx are on a roughly six-year abundance cycle in the region, with populations tied to snowshoe hare numbers. Lynx populations drop within a few years after hare populations become scarce, according to Fish and Game.Associated Press
The home of the Iditarod has become the first place in Alaska to give dog mushing its own rule book, addressing everything from poop-scooping to people who try to harass dog teams on the trail.  Zaz Hollander
Businesses shouldn't tempt people to their deaths with offers of helping make them famous in ways big or small. And yet businesses do. And from the reactions to Clif Bar's actions, they will continue.Craig Medred
After months of speculation about a move to the big city, the Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday night approved a resolution in support of establishing a ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage beginning with this winter's race. Matt Tunseth
Seats on the ever-popular ski train to Curry sold out Monday afternoon, when the last of the 664 tickets were grabbed. Alaska Dispatch News
A 27-year-old Stebbins man was found two days after being reported missing from the Western Alaska community.Laurel Andrews
Hatcher Pass is usually the go-to destination for skiers and snowmachiners looking for a little early-season snow. Not this year. The bubble of warm air parked over Southcentral Alaska has left the pass high in the Talkeetna Mountains bare-sloped and brutally lacking in white. Zaz Hollander