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With $15 million in savings and increased revenue from last year, Anchorage leaders are considering ways to put the extra money to good use -- while keeping an eye on the reality that state money may be harder to come by in the years ahead.

Sean Doogan

At any given day at Southside Gym in Anchorage, Alaskan powerlifters who compete in the Special Olympics can be found working out, trash-talking and joking around. 

Tara Young
The first order of business for the Anchorage Assembly after the April 1 election was to elect a new chair and vice-chair.Sean Doogan
The Alaska Senate has given its approval to a toll bridge project across Knik Arm, despite key traffic projections being overdue. The report is important for people who want to know if the project can pay back hundreds of millions of dollars that Alaska would borrow to build it.Pat Forgey
Tosi said he raised and spent about $4,000 on his grassroots effort to win a seat on the Anchorage Assembly, and he faced opponents who spent much more. Sean Doogan
Just eight votes separate the yeas and nays to determine a capital improvement bond that includes money for renovating the aging Loussac Library. Thirty votes remain uncounted and scheduled for review.Sean Doogan

The sound of dental drills filled the air at the Dena'ina Center Friday, the site of a massive free dental clinic sponsored by the nonprofit organization Alaska Mission of Mercy. By 10 a.m. 700 people had walked through the doors hoping to receive no-cost dental care.

Megan Edge
Family and friends crowded the New Hope Baptist Church in Anchorage's Mountain View neighborhood Thursday afternoon for 15-year-old Precious Alex's funeral service. Speakers painted a picture of an affectionate, intelligent girl who was deeply loved.Laurel Andrews
The Anchorage Assembly has decided on new reimbursement rules for officials who travel on city business and campaign along the way, and a Wednesday work session will help it decide what to do with a $15 million windfall.Sean Doogan
A two-day clinic in downtown Anchorage next week hopes to provide $1 million in free dental care to Alaskans on a first-come, first-served basis. Laurel Andrews