Juneau playground: A year after arson wiped out a beloved playground, the new one reopens to fanfare.
Merger: Andeavor (formerly Tesoro) becomes Marathon Petroleum. Welcome back to Alaska, Marathon.
Cushman Street: A Fairbanks road is designated one of five “great streets in America.”
Autumn: The best fall weather in years produced severely pleasant conditions in parts of Alaska.
Tusk thieves: Two arrested for stealing an Anchorage museum’s 10,000-year-old mammoth tusk, still MIA.
Spruce bark beetles: They’re baaaaaaack and worse than ever.
Esieh Lake: This bubbling, hissing lake has everyone, including scientists, freaked out.
– Sarah Erkmann Ward, Blueprint Alaska