When President Dwight D. Eisenhower inked the declaration under which the 49th state joined the union, no one thought that 55 years later, the state and federal governments would still be arguing about the map of Alaska. Dermot Cole
Want to gauge the political mood in Sitka? Sit down at the Backdoor Cafe with a cup of coffee and a salmonberry scone, pick up The Daily Sitka Sentinel, and chat with folks. You’ll learn that not much is predictable in the 49th state. Brendan Jones
The Alaska Army National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion, a unit with access to high school students around the state and a budget to attend or sponsor popular outdoor events, appears in investigative files to have been more of a center of debauchery than a disciplined fighting force.Richard Mauer,Jill Burke
With Alaska facing a third straight year of massive deficits, and plunging oil prices threatening to make matters worse, the leading gubernatorial candidates are battling over the budget. Alex DeMarban
Republican Gov. Sean Parnell and his independent challenger, Bill Walker, have starkly different attitudes toward the optional expansion of Medicaid that's part of the Affordable Care Act. At stake is whether thousands of the poorest Alaskans will get health care coverage. Tegan Hanlon
Jeffrey E. Fowle, one of three Americans imprisoned by North Korea, has been released and is on his way home after six months of captivity, the White House said Tuesday, easing though not ending a clash between the isolated Asian country and the United States.
The chief executive of the French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, one of the most powerful and colorful figures in the energy industry, was killed when his business jet collided with a snowplow Monday night on the runway of Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow.