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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
Bartlett bowlers Alec Dudley and Ryan Dudley rolled the top series Thursday in the Prep Shootout at Jewel Lake Bowl.Alaska Dispatch News
South's victory made Service the regular-season champion and No. 1 seed for next week's Cook Inlet Conference tournament. Dimond is the No. 2 seed.Doyle Woody
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The Grace Christian boys and girls teams posted basketball wins over Homer on Thursday, while the ACS boys and Nikiski girls each took wins in a doubleheader at Anchorage Christian. Alaska Dispatch News

Prep girls hockey players from Anchorage and Fairbanks face off in a state tournament beginning Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage. 

The third-ranked UAA women's basketball team picked up another win Thursday, but the 58-50 triumph over Central Washington wasn't easy.Beth Bragg
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
The UAA men's basketball team squandered a 25-point lead but still came away with with an 81-76 road win over Western Washington on Thursday.Beth Bragg
Former Wasilla Mayor Verne Rupright has been appointed to help regulate participation in Alaska's commercial fisheries. Commissioners serve a four-year term and are paid a little over $100,000 a year plus benefits. The appointment is subject to legislative confirmation.Molly Dischner | Associated Press
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
I think salsa should be its own food group. Fruit, vegetables, herbs, all mingling in spicy pools of fresh-tasting deliciousness. I’m all for one serving a day. There’s absolutely nothing better than homemade salsa, especially this easy, smoky chipotle pantry salsa.Maya Evoy
Bhavisha Bhalsod hopes that through her business she can help busy people who may not have the time to cook every day, but still want to enjoy homemade meals around the table, from fresh pasta noodles to homemade Indian paneer.Shannon Kuhn
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
The Norton Sound 450 in Northwest Alaska has been canceled, but this weekend's Knik 200 is a go -- although mushers will start and finish at Deshka Landing instead of Knik Lake.Alaska Dispatch News
OPINION: Alaska sets a poor precedent by allowing a blatant abuse of halibut stocks and the people who depend on them.David Bayes
The Walker administration intends to open a new era of relations between tribal and other governments that will have them working together to improve Alaskans' lives, said Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, the first Alaska Native to hold such a statewide office. Pat Forgey