All eyes in Alaska this week are on the 1,000-mile race between Willow and Nome. But off the Iditarod Trail, conversations and debates were under way about the state's future and what, exactly, it might look like.
News this week: Dispatch staff writer Craig Medred heads out on the Iditarod Trail, conservatives revive abortion wars in Alaska Legislature, a big jet lands at little Merrill Field and Alaskans get a debriefing in a medically-recognized condition known as "Arctic hysteria."
Stories that mattered in Alaska this week: Gov. Parnell announces another deadline is met in his quest for a gasline, a look at the Alaska GOP's infighting, a new exhibit that "finally tells the story of Alaska aviation" and a school janitor puts a face on school district cutbacks.
Winter endurance training, Alaska Republican in-fighting, Wayne Anthony Ross and Yukon Quest: Here's a look at the biggest, boldest and most popular stories from Alaska Dispatch for the week of February 2-8, 2012.