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Western governments have made a wrong turn in energy policy by supporting the large-scale conversion of plants into fuel and should reconsider that strategy, according to a new report from a prominent environmental think tank.

JUSTIN GILLIS
LETTERS: Readers weigh in with brief commentary on issues of the day.Alaska Dispatch News
Dimond-West and the Arctic Bears Dark of Fairbanks skated to girls hockey wins Thursday at Dempsey Anderson Arena.Alaska Dispatch News
The Anchorage School District has canceled classes Friday for ACE/ACT students after a water line broke at the Anchorage Mental Health Trust Authority Building.  Tegan Hanlon
Fairbanks-born cellist Dane Johansen, who performs with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra this weekend, spent last summer walking across Spain and performing Bach suites in ancient churches while a film crew followed him to create a documentary.Mike Dunham
Legislators reviewing the state’s efforts to combat fetal alcohol syndrome got new details Thursday about a high-profile, state-funded academic study involving free pregnancy tests in bar bathrooms that’s expected to begin next month.Nathaniel Herz
The Cook Inlet Region Inc. subsidiary hoped to begin adding 11 turbines to the wind farm on Fire Island just west of Anchorage this year, but plans have been postponed because there are no buyers for the power.Suzanna Caldwell
OPINION: Alaska sets a poor precedent by allowing a blatant abuse of halibut stocks and the people who depend on them.David Bayes

For four consecutive days this week, people in Anchorage woke up to news of a local shooting resulting in death or injury. At a press conference Thursday, police chief Mark Mew said the jump in violence appears to be drug-related and announced the department is creating a temporary task force in an effort to suppress those crimes.

Alaska Dispatch News
The Seawolves on Friday open a WCHA road trip that starts with a series at fourth-place Northern Michigan and continues next week at league-leading Minnesota State-Mankato.Doyle Woody