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Several Alaskans in Division I are enjoying banner seasons.Doyle Woody
More prosperity for Fairbanks Ice Dogs, more pain for Kenai River Brown BearsDoyle Woody
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The Aces next week wrap a nine-game homestand with a three-game series against Stockton starting Friday night.Doyle Woody
The South hockey team surprised Service and Chugiak stopped Eagle River in overtime on the final day of the Cook Inlet Conference's regular season.Alaska Dispatch News
LETTERS: Small but mighty opinions on current Alaska events.Alaska Dispatch News
Travis Thompson and Brian McGill combined for 59 points and 15 assists Saturday to power UAA's 115-98 victory over Simon Fraser.Alaska Dispatch News
South defeated the second-place team by more than 150 points on Saturday night to easily claim the Cook Inlet Conference wrestling championship at Chugiak High. Matt Tunseth
 Kenai skiers Jordan Theisen and Alexandria Bergholtz triumphed in Saturday's Ski for Relief on the Hillside trails.Alaska Dispatch News
Leonardo T. Bongolto Jr., 37, and Denison D. Soria, 43, were acquitted of murder charges in the 2012 beating death of a coworker at a seafood company bunkhouse in Unalaska, but the jury deadlocked on manslaughter charges, prompting a new trial.Jim Paulin
UAA junior Cody Thomas booked a trip to the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships Saturday with a personal-best heptathlon score at the University of Washington Invitational.Alaska Dispatch News
The driver was working for a company that said it was openly selling marijuana in anticipation of Alaska’s new legal possession law.Devin Kelly
Anchorage Christian and Grace Christian rolled to boys basketball wins Saturday.Alaska Dispatch News
Wasilla, Nikiski and Seward all picked up girls basketball wins over Anchorage opponents Saturday.Alaska Dispatch News
The UAA women's basketball team ran its record to 20-1 Saturday by beating Northwest Nazarene 97-83 to avenge its only loss.Beth Bragg
OPINION: Widespread ignorance of science is allowing extremists to hijack political discussions that get more necessary with each increase in atmospheric greenhouse gasses.Bryan Box
James Patterson has written more New York Times best-sellers than anyone else. He reportedly earned $90 million last year. And now he's shared some of those earnings -- and his passion for books and independent bookstores -- with Palmer's own Fireside Books.  Zaz Hollander

The small independent bookstore Fireside Books is quiet on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, just before closing. Best-selling author James Patterson gave Fireside Books in Palmer $7,500 this week -- no strings attached. Owner David Cheezem says he will use the money to promote Alaska authors. 

Bob Hallinen
OPINION: The problem of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Alaska is beyond serious, but Sen. Pete Kelly's expensive solution isn't.Shannyn Moore