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More special early-season offers to explore the Last Frontier continue to trickle in as the days get longer, the temperature climbs -- and the tourists begin to arrive in droves.

Scott McMurren
Airfares are dropping from Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks as airlines compete prior to the summer travel season.Scott McMurren
From Fairbanks to Homer, travel companies are opening early to welcome Alaskans before the crowds arrive, and the packages are priced right -- but you might have to act fast.Scott McMurren
As more airlines migrate north for the summer, competitive pressure results in lower peak-season fares. And that's good news for the Alaskan traveler.Scott McMurren
There are some good air fare deals right now -- but the really great deals are around the corner in mid-May.Scott McMurren

Last month I took the Alaska Railroad’s weekly “Aurora Train” from Anchorage to Fairbanks and then farther north to Wiseman for stunning views of the aurora borealis.

Scott McMurren
The best aurora viewing season in Alaska is coming up. Ride the train north for better views.Scott McMurren
JetBlue leads this summer's price war, while Alaska and Delta ramp up the Battle for Seattle. There are enticing airfares right now from Alaska to California, Phoenix and Portland, too.Scott McMurren
There are a number of ways for the average Alaskan to get down to Juneau while the Alaska Legislature is in session. See your lawmakers in action -- and make sure your voice is heard.Scott McMurren
As air fares rise, smart travelers take advantage of miles, points and bonuses offered by credit card issuers.Scott McMurren

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Hassle over $10,000 highlights need for more Alaska budget transparency

In the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session Alaska lawmakers introduced, then reduced, then ultimately eliminated a budget item that would have put up money to "influence the outcome" of a ballot initiative vote. It was the right thing to do, though it highlighted the need for a more transparent budget process.Dermot Cole