Elections officials reported record-breaking early voting numbers Monday in the Anchorage mayoral runoff between Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz that has rapidly taken turns both bruising and bizarre.
Devin Kelly,Nathaniel Herz
A federal court judge is considering putting hearings on hold in a trial over the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to halt the proposed Pebble Mine project in Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed, while the agency's inspector general conducts an investigation.
Erica Martinson
A 17-year-old Anchorage girl pleaded guilty Monday to criminally negligent homicide and DUI in the death of well-known Anchorage cyclist Jeff Dusenbury last summer.
Michelle Theriault Boots
Alaska State Troopers are investigating the shooting death of 69-year-old Jimmy Gojdics, an outdoorsman and character on National Geographic's reality show "Ultimate Survival" as a homicide.
Associated Press
A reorganized Anchorage School Board unanimously passed a budget amendment Tuesday that cut nearly $15.7 million from the 2015-16 school year budget, removing funding for 60 teacher positions and other staff, supplies and programs.
Tegan Hanlon
When I got a call last December asking me if I’d accept a state appointment, I turned it down even though I wanted to say yes. I was worried about the scrutiny I’d suffer in the vetting process. For this same reason, I’ve never run for office even though I’ve wanted to.BusinessLynne Curry
In a compromise with Mayor Dan Sullivan over the 2015 municipal budget, the Anchorage Assembly on Monday agreed to use $2 million in surplus money from Solid Waste Services to reduce property tax bills. AnchorageAlex DeMarban
The Polar Pioneer drill ship and its accompanying tugboats do not -- for now -- belong at the port’s Terminal 5, a site currently devoted to cargo ships, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development has ruled.EnergyYereth Rosen
Two Capitol meetings, one that happened and one that didn't, suggest a budget deal may be hard to come by for Alaska leaders. PoliticsPat Forgey

News & Politics

Searchers near Kwethluk find body believed to be woman missing since 4-wheeler went through ice

Searchers from the village of Kwethluk on Sunday pulled the body of a young woman out of an open lead in the thawing ice of a branch of the Kuskokwim River, ending a long search that involved scores of volunteers.Lisa Demer

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Strong support for public education squares with Republican principles

OPINION: Longtime Republican says lawmakers need to understand that investment in education is like investment in defense - essential in an increasingly competitive world.Will Hastings

Sports

UAA's hockey schedule includes newbie Arizona State

UAA's season-opening game in its Kendall Hockey Classic will be against Arizona State, which will be playing its first Division I opponent in its inaugural season in the NCAA's highest division after transitioning from club status.Doyle Woody

Adventure

Watch while gray whales chow down in Resurrection Bay this spring

When the first gray whale breached, it caught many of us off guard. My 10-year-old pointed toward the stern, mouth hanging open, as again and again the gray whale presented us with an impressive display of marine mammal athleticism. The atmosphere was electric after that. Erin Kirkland

Culture

Arts Scene: From 'Three Minutes in Poland' to 'Traditional Foods of the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands'

Suanne Unger, author of  “Qaqamiigux: Traditional Foods of the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands,” and Moses Dirks, one of the book’s contributors, will take the floor at the next Smithsonian Spotlight lecture, noon Thursday, May 7, at the Anchorage Museum. Mike Dunham

Arctic

'Last Ice' claims lives of researchers

Scientists who were in the Canadian Arctic studying the thinning sea ice have fallen through, with tragic results. Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle

Nation/World

  • The government of Nepal is asking foreign search-and-rescue teams to leave now that the likelihood of finding survivors buried by last month’s earthquake has largely passed, and a top Nepali tourism official said Monday that no more climbers were likely to ascend Mount Everest this season.

  • Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore's top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city's mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct.

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Released by Algonqin Books just last week, Heather Lende's new book "Find The Good"  has already found a spot on the Pacific Northwest Independent Bestseller List for hardcover nonfiction. 
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