The executive board of the University of Alaska Federation of Teachers unanimously approved a resolution backing the University of Alaska administration in opposing a measure by Fairbanks Sen. John Coghill to allow people to carry guns on campus.Dermot Cole
Rep. Lynn Gattis, R-Wasilla, and 12 other state representatives have sponsored a new, faster way to give Alaska's wildlife away. Their bill will double the number of big game permits donated to organizations, and will remove a portion of law that prohibits them from being used for political lobbying or campaign purposes.Rick Sinnott
Teams that cannot keep pace in the Last Great Race are regularly -- usually politely, but not always so -- asked to abandon the adventure. Usually, it is because they are judged to be in violation of dreaded Rule 36 -- the "competitiveness'' rule. Craig Medred
Nine months after the worst flood in 100 years left the Yukon River town of Galena struggling to rebuild, things are slowly coming back to their regular pace. One thing that's helping? The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Perhaps the biggest surprise for Galena came from mushers. Generally, Iditarod dog drivers arrive in the community of 400 Friday night or that afternoon at the earliest, but with this year's blistering pace, volunteers running the checkpoint were surprised to see two-time runner-up Aliy Zirkle pull into the checkpoint just after 6 a.m.Suzanna Caldwell
A rollback in postal rates for rural Alaskans who live off the state's road system and send and receive heavy packages was originally expected in mid-February. It's now set to happen by the end of March. Alex DeMarban
For the first Iditarod musher to reach Ruby, the checkpoint brings the promise of a gourmet meal. For the rest of the field, while there's no champagne, Ruby is still a milestone, marking the beginning of a long stretch of mushing along the Yukon River.
While the field of candidates seeking to become Anchorage mayor is just beginning to take shape, one candidate is getting started early with an unusual approach to launching his campaign: Dan Coffey is airing his dirty laundry.Sean Doogan
Aliy Zirkle took advantage of great river trail conditions last night to extend her measured eight-hour runs all the way to Galena, temporarily taking over the overall race lead Friday morning; by midday, though, Martin Buser's calculated early run had put him back at the front of the pack.Zack Steer
In the beginning, this year's Iditarod was more about surviving treacherous conditions, but it has shifted to a chess match as the leaders reach Ruby. Whose moves will pay off biggest is anyone's guess.
Long runs, short rests, high speed -- there are as many Iditarod game plans as there are mushers. As the race progresses and strategies become clear, mushers assess their own strategies -- and those of their competitors.Suzanna Caldwell
The state filed suit Thursday against the current and former owners of the North Pole refinery, seeking damages from Flint Hills and Williams for past and future cleanup costs stemming from sulfolane pollution that extends 3 miles.Dermot Cole
Officials defended state plans to build a 200-mile road to the Ambler mining district, an isolated area with known mineral resources and no surface access, as well as a 50-mile road out of Juneau, the state capitol that can only be reached by air and sea.Pat Forgey