Rogue duck: Rare falcated duck from Asia enthralls Alaska bird-watchers.
Hockey mom: Alaska has had some famous hockey moms, but Anchorage’s Autumn Makar earns official recognition from the NHL. Score!
Wasilla swimmers: Community pool reopens after yearlong renovation.
Fish on: New Juneau fishing access site delights residents.
Illegal camps: Tent cities and needles along waterways jeopardize annual creek cleanup.
Prison riot: Seward prisoners cause thousands in damage to Spring Creek Correctional Center.
Urban bears: The bears are awake and seemingly everywhere. No longer just a Hillside problem, human/bear encounters have Anchorage neighbors on edge.
– Sarah Erkmann Ward, Blueprint Alaska