Alaska news was dominated this week by two stories in particular at the polar opposite ends of the information spectrum.
Everyone was captivated by the ongoing militia trials -- and testimony by the Alaska Peacemakers Militia commander Schaeffer Cox and his deputy, Coleman Barney -- something of a culmination to more than one year's worth of news stories and investigations into the alleged Fairbanks-based, sovereign citizen scheme to murder federal employees. And Cox delivered, with more than two days of testimony about his anti-government philosophy, his militia's weapons caches, and whether the volunteer "army" intended, as U.S. prosecutors allege, to wage war against the federal government.
And then there was the news story that reverberated around the web and blogosphere for days upon days: Anchorage, Alaska, is the country's worst-dressed city?! The story, based on a readers poll by Travel & Leisure magazine, caused immediate backlash in Alaska's largest city, not to mention a seemingly endless amount of opinion columns. Dispatch sent a photographer out on the streets of Anchorage to chronicle the fashion (or lack thereof) of the city's denizens. You can check out that slideshow, not to mention bore tide videos, outer space news and more here, in our weekly news review.