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In a question and answer interview Monday, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Demboski, an Assembly member from Chugiak-Eagle River he defeated in the May runoff election, had not been returning his phone calls, but she says he didn’t call.Devin Kelly
State Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, could face a Democratic opponent in the 2016 general election and a contested Republican Party primary if she decides to seek another term.Nathaniel Herz
 Alaska veterans have faced delayed and diminished access to health care at an outpatient clinic in Wasilla, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs independent inspector general.Erica Martinson
A member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries was cited by wildlife troopers in the commercial fishing hotbed of Dillingham last week for continuing to fish in an area after it had been closed. Jeannette Lee Falsey
In his first sit-down interview with Alaska Dispatch News since taking office, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said he’s looking at changing the chains of command in the police and fire departments and wouldn’t commit to keeping police Chief Mew in his post.Devin Kelly
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly is set to vote Monday on a $3-per-pack tax on cigarettes and a 75-percent wholesale tax on other tobacco products including e-cigarettes.Associated Press
Anxiety is high among Army families as they await word of whether soldiers -- including Alaska's 4-25th -- will be among the 40,000 troops eliminated nationwide in an announcement expected in July. Erica Martinson
Gov. Bill Walker vetoed the $175,000 state grant given to the group that's been lobbying in vain to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, but that doesn't mean he's opposed to oil development there — only that it's time to find a new way, he said.Pat Forgey
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