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The West wrestling picked up a win over Bartlett in dual-meet competition Thursday.Alaska Dispatch News
Four players scored at least three goals each in East's 13-7 boys hockey win on Thursday over Bartlett. Alaska Dispatch News
What trends are in store for the 49th state in 2015? Will the cronut ever make its debut in the land of the midnight sun? Here are a few predictions.Shannon Kuhn
The 350-foot-wide avalanche was triggered by the skier and ran downhill an estimated 1,000 feet on the southwest face of Sunburst Ridge. The man's companion, who escaped the avalanche, helped dig him out. Megan Edge
The project manager for a proposed dam that would rise 735 feet in the Alaska wilderness said it could improve salmon spawning habitat on the Susitna River, a statement that drew sharp criticism from opponents.Alex DeMarban
The company seeking state help for a 200-mile one-lane road to mining prospects in Northwest Alaska says “substantial doubt exists as to our ability to continue as a going concern,” a statement it has repeated to investors as recently as Oct. 14.Dermot Cole
UAA said the decision would not affect 95 current students majoring in chemistry, but the school will not be accepting new chemistry majors until the program can be restarted.Sean Doogan
Eagle River and Palmer will drop into the medium-school division for football next season.Matt Tunseth
The Alaska School Activities Association decided this week to hold the Class 1-2-3A and Class 4A wrestling seasons concurrently. Alaska Dispatch News

A group of Anchorage firefighters is taking it off -- at least some of it -- for a good cause.

Alaska Dispatch News
OPINION: Racism comes naturally to human beings. What's harder to see is the fundamental truth of what we have in common.Warren Metzger
This isn’t the first calendar with Anchorage firefighters posing for charity, but it is the most risqué. Suzanna Caldwell
In another victory for tribal rights in Alaska, the Interior Department has issued a new rule that will allow it to take land into trust for Alaska Native tribes and individuals with Native allotments, a move that will help secure the lands for new opportunities including housing, schools and economic development, the Obama administration said. Alex DeMarban
Russia's currency and economic woes, which go beyond anything that country's central bank can fix, are already being felt in FinlandYLE News
The bottom of the mountain remains brown, but the upper mountain got seven inches of new snow early Thursday for a total depth of 54 inches, according to the resort's snow report.Beth Bragg
OPINION: Attitudes have changed around people with special needs, and that's all to the good, but some stereotypes linger.Angelina Fraize
Big Lake can become a second-class city if the state Local Boundary Commission approves and locals vote for property taxes that turn out to be a sliver lower than the ones they pay now. Commission staff this week recommended incorporation. Zaz Hollander
The company agreed last week to plead guilty to eight felony criminal counts and to pay $12.2 million -- $8.2 million in penalties and $4 million for a community service payment -- for environmental and safety violations during Shell’s mishap-laden 2012 drilling season.Yereth Rosen
The government filed a civil lawsuit Monday against a gold dredge captain who has appeared on Discover Channel’s “Bering Sea Gold,” alleging he refused to take care of his 117-foot landing craft that sank in the Cordova harbor.Jerzy Shedlock
An update on the Alaska Aces ahead of Friday night's rematch with visiting Bakersfield, plus some Joey Crabb news.Doyle Woody