Carl Emmons adopted Velvet – a 300-pound reindeer with a cream, brown and tan coat – 14 years ago from a Western Alaska reindeer herder.

Matt Tunseth
Today's smart traveler can ensure the next layover is time well wasted. Scott McMurren

Gov. Bill Walker declared a state disaster Tuesday afternoon for flooding on the Dalton Highway near Alaska’s North Slope that has shut down the sole road to Prudhoe Bay.

Laurel Andrews

The historic Motherlode Lodge in Hatcher Pass was engulfed in flames Friday evening, and firefighters were letting the building burn because it was outside any fire service area. 

Alaska Dispatch News
The former two-time Alaska Player of the Year told the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog she is transferring to UAA from Boise State for her final season of eligibility.Alaska Dispatch News
A bill that would create a Marijuana Control Board -- deemed critical by sponsors of a voter initiative -- was sent to the full Senate for a vote, and a bill that would clarify municipal marijuana regulations will get further review this weekend.Laurel Andrews
Almost three-fourths of Americans believe the Bible is available in all languages, but in fact, the report said, less than half of worldwide languages have complete translations of the Bible, or even a completed portion.Chris Thompson
Permafrost in the circumpolar north will likely continue to thaw and release carbon dioxide and methane, but at a gradual rate instead of as a "carbon bomb," said a study published recently in the journal Nature. Yereth Rosen
OPINION: The US Congress is making Americans look foolish on the international stage and has damaged American claims to global leadership.John Havelock
President Barack Obama on Friday called on Republicans to schedule a vote on his nominee to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, calling Loretta Lynch's months-long wait a case of Senate "dysfunction" gone too far....Lesley Clark