A final report by Alaska Local Boundary Commission staff recommends the Mat-Su community become a second-class city if voters say yes. 

Zaz Hollander
A 7-year-old boy from the Northwest Alaska village of Shungnak died early Thursday after he and other children found a pistol they thought was a toy, according to troopers.Tegan Hanlon
A group of Hatcher Pass snowmachiners on a "protest" ride through a closed area got ticketed last week, exposing a deep rift between the area's well-established motorized community and the state park rangers who decide when they get to go. Zaz Hollander

The winners in the 2015 World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks will be announced Friday evening at 8 p.m.

Tara Young
The Justice Department expects to file corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., a law enforcement official said Friday, culminating an investigation that has dogged the senator for two years.Matt Apuzzo
For those who may be out of the loop, here are few things Alaska pilots should know in the coming weeks, including Inspection Authorization renewal seminars, a meeting for owners of de Havilland Beavers and Otters, and the completion of the aviation weather camera network.Colleen Mondor
Princess Cruises will transfer the 672-passenger Pacific Princess, the smallest ship in its Alaska fleet, to Europe after the 2015 cruise season, leaving six vessels plying the state's waters.Megan Edge
Christina Neal, a geologist with the Alaska Volcano Observatory for nearly 25 years, moves to Hawaii to become the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's new scientist-in-charge.Associated Press
Chinese companies have invested in a nascent iron-ore mining project in Greenland and in much-needed housing development in the Siberian city of Yakutsk. Mia Bennett
LETTERS: Readers weigh in on burning issues at home in the Great Land and abroad.Alaska Dispatch News