Today's News

West High student Anna Lance, 17, was among five National Student Poets honored Thursday at the White House by first lady Michelle Obama, who thanked them for sharing "something so personal and precious."Stacy A. Anderson
A federal agency on Thursday announced a $165 million loan for a major hospital project in this Western Alaska hub community.Lisa Demer
Parts of Southeast Alaska can expect winds in excess of 60 mph, as well as 2 to 4 inches of rain, as former hurricane Oho deteriorates into a “non-tropical cyclone” headed north into the Gulf of Alaska.Chris Klint
LETTERS: Brief commentary from Alaska Dispatch News readers on issues facing the state, the nation, and the globe.Alaska Dispatch News
The bear has been fishing for about two months, and Bogucki said it was the only animal visible from the viewing decks even though other bears were in the area.Mike Campbell
A pilot program has launched within the Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System that aims to revert the process of scheduling medical appointments to how it was before the Choice Program.Tegan Hanlon
South, Dimond and West swept their opponents in prep volleyball matches Wednesday night.Alaska Dispatch News
Two House bills that are the focus of Alaska’s lawmakers -- on crude exports and Native energy -- drew veto threats from President Barack Obama Wednesday.  Erica Martinson
The new executive director will replace Mike Burns, who led the state-owned, independently managed corporation through years of growth, winning approval for new investment strategies, and providing steady leadership during economic and market turmoil.Pat Forgey
Voters in Palmer, the heart of the farming stronghold that is the Matanuska Valley, apparently don’t condone the commercial cultivation of one potential crop: cannabis.Zaz Hollander
The reduction of Army forces in Alaska is on hold in light of potential new consideration of the need for U.S. forces in the Arctic, military sources confirmed Wednesday. Erica Martinson
Leading the way for the Eagles is the girls doubles team of Alli Haynes and Ava Lekander. Haynes is a two-time doubles champ and Lekander won the girls singles title last year.Alaska Dispatch News
Voters in the Southwest Alaska hub city OK'd a liquor store but not bars and other venues for alcohol sales in Tuesday’s municipal election, which unofficial results indicate also will change the makeup of the city council to one that is more pro-alcohol.Lisa Demer
A Southwest Alaska mine operator from Canada was convicted of two misdemeanor violations of the federal Clean Water Act on Wednesday in Anchorage. The jury was deadlocked on three felony counts on pollution in the Salmon River.Jerzy Shedlock
My girlfriend is a super restless sleeper. She tosses and turns all night and talks in her sleep. She’s even hit me and kicked me when she’s sleeping. So that’s one issue. Wayne and Wanda
New Alaska Aces center Tyler Maxwell is just 24, but he's owned a hockey-camp business for years.Doyle Woody
For their recent self-titled release, the Beaverton, Oregon, based duo damned the torpedoes, recording an album using a “game” to stay in the moment, creating a record with more immediacy and absolutely no second-guessing.Chris Bieri

The homey service, the good value and the earnest and authentic kitchen give me hope that Agave might stick around and give some competition to the more “canned” Mexican eateries in town.

Mara Severin,Tara Young
Agave Mexican Grill has homey service, good value and an earnest and authentic kitchen.Mara Severin
OPINION: Dr. Cox sees all manner of nefarious motives for the road to King Cove, but local residents see only a lifeline.Etta Kuzakin