Today's News

The state of Alaska is calling on the federal government to split Fairbanks and North Pole into separate air pollution non-attainment areas to better address the sources of smoke.The Associated Press
Authorities have released the identity of the man found shot to death near a lodge on a remote island northwest of Kodiak.Associated Press
Readers weigh in on the pressing issues of the day.Alaska Dispatch News

Volunteers shrugged off 7 inches of new snow and a stiff wind that made near-whiteout conditions on Point Woronzof Road to set up a sprawling outdoor art installation titled “100Stone.”

Scott Jensen,Bob Hallinen
Eight schools in western and northern parts of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District will be closed again Wednesday due to icy roads -- which also closed almost all schools in the district Tuesday.Alaska Dispatch News

Day one of the 2015 GCI Great Alaska Shootout at the Alaska Airlines Center on Nov. 24.

In Tuesday's 94-61 steamrolling of Pepperdine in the first round of the GCI Great Alaska Shootout, mayhem happened early and often at the Alaska Airlines Center.Beth Bragg
An Anchorage artist who suffered from acute depression sees her vision fulfilled as 85 statues are placed on the edge of Cook Inlet.Mike Dunham
Michelle Clark-Heard previously came to the tournament in 1988 as a player.Stephan Wiebe
The Anchorage Assembly voted 7-4 to pass a city operating budget Tuesday night without making any changes to the latest version proposed by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz.Devin Kelly
A host of the Sportsman Channel hunting show “Syndicate Hunting” and four other people pled guilty in federal court this month to crimes related to a poaching operation in Noatak National Preserve.Megan Edge
Dimond received goals from six different skaters and Lillian Lewis stopped all 12 shots he faced.Alaska Dispatch News
Anchorage food trucks have been struggling to find a place to park in the winter. The shut down of the Fireweed Take In is the latest challenge mobile food vendors have faced in Alaska's largest city.Suzanna Caldwell
Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is on the Alaska Airlines Center's big screen for the Shootout as part of a promotional deal between GCI and audio equipment company Monster Inc.Beth Bragg
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Tuesday that the city must drastically change the downtown bus station because of the crowd it attracted, only to have his news conference there interrupted by some of the regulars who go there daily.Devin Kelly
Bakers at Fire Island’s two locations will bake through the night in order to have both shops stocked full of fresh rolls, cakes, tarts, galettes and bread first thing Thanksgiving morning.Steve Edwards

Anchorage awoke to seven inches of new snow on Saturday and a stiff wind created near-whiteout conditions at the north curve of Point Woronzof Drive. But that didn’t stop volunteers from arriving before dawn to set up a sprawling art installation titled “100Stone.” By 9 a.m. more than three dozen people were busy with shovels and snowblowers clearing a path to the beach below the Point Woronzof Park parking lot, adjusting rebar stakes and setting up tripod hoists to lift dozens of human statues into position on the shore of Cook Inlet.

Conceived by Anchorage artist Sarah Davies, “100Stone” uses forms taken from body casts of people affected by mental illness over the past year. Davies, who has suffered from acute depression herself, said she hoped the installation would lead to a realization of how many people struggle with various forms of mental illness and perhaps provide a sense of release from the isolation that they feel.

Bob Hallinen
Even the author of "This Book is Gay" says it's no children's book. But at the Wasilla Public Library, it sits on the juvenile nonfiction shelf, and has sparked controversy.Zaz Hollander
OPINION: Alaskans are delighted to provide the Capitol Christmas Tree, and would be even more delighted if we had access to our lands and resources to provide for ourselves and the nation's economy.Sen. Cathy Giessel