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JUNEAU — A handful of Alaska lawmakers have thrust their state into the national debate over gun control by setting up a showdown with the federal government that some consider treasonous and others defend as patriotic. They say that unlike people in most of the rest of the nation, many Alaskans use firearms on a daily basis and that any regulation attempt by the federal government represents an undue encroachment on their constitutional rights. By Joshua Berlinger.


JUNEAU — Work at the Capitol has been moving at a swift pace, with nearly one-third of the 90-day session over. Here are three things to watch for this week. By Becky Bohrer.


FAIRBANKS — An Alaska couple felt their home was too big once the kids moved away, so they're trying to sell. It's a familiar story. Their sale method, on the other hand, is anything but familiar: An essay contest. Laurel Carlin and her husband are asking for $100 and a "hard luck" essay from each applicant. The winner gets the house. The catch is, they need a minimum of 3,000 essays.


KODIAK — The Alutiiq Museum is expanding its campaign to promote the Alutiiq language with a new book detailing how to write in Alutiiq. "The Alutiiq Orthography: Kodiak Dialect" was written by museum language program manager April Laktonen Counceller and linguist Jeff Leer. The book is a 100-page paperback that contains the rules for Alutiiq writing. By Nicole Klauss. The Kodiak Daily Mirror.

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EAGLE RIVER — An influx of new retailers and a housing boom will be remaking the face of downtown Eagle River in 2013. Most national chains venturing into Alaska open a store in Anchorage and then skip right over Eagle River en route to the Mat-Su. This year, Walgreens and AutoZone bucked that trend to open new locations on the Old Glenn Highway. Meanwhile, Cook Inlet Housing Authority plans to build more than 50 units of senior housing off Coronado Road. Eklutna Inc. By Zaz Hollander. Chugiak-Eagle River Star.

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SITKA, Alaska — "It's going to be nice to get my handwriting out of this book," said Eric Matthes, science teacher at Pacific High School. Every month, for about a year and a half, Matthes has taken Pacific High students across the street to Crescent Harbor to collect samples of ocean water that are sent to the Auke Bay Laboratory in Juneau as a part of a broader study on ocean acidification. From now on it will be the handwriting of Madison Kosma, an Americorps volunteer with the Sitka Sound Science Center, who shows up in the book recording the sampling data collected by the students. By Tom Hesse. Daily Sitka Sentinel.

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