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AP Alaska weekend plans:

Moving Saturday for Sunday:

DENALI CENTENNIEL

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Though it was his dream to do so, archdeacon Hudson Stuck never got a chance to celebrate communion on top of Mount McKinley when he and two other men, Harry Karstens and Walter Harper, became the first men to stand on the south peak of North America's tallest mountain back in 1913. One theory is that the climbers weren't able to find the small communion kit that Stuck had packed to the top of the mountain. The other is that Stuck was so out of breath in the high altitude that he physically couldn't perform the ceremony. By Tim Mowry. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

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HOSTING MUSHERS

KENAI, Alaska — Do sled dogs dream?

Nestled up while snowflakes fell on a back road between Soldotna and Kasilof, four teams of sled dogs had few — if any — disturbances packed soundly into boxes bedded with straw.

Jackie Pearce, who often watches her dogs twitch and grumble while they slumber, thinks they must. But do sled dogs dream of the snow, the trail and the race ahead? Pearce thinks they must but says it is open to debate. By Brian Smith. Peninsula Clarion.

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SEALSKIN JEWELRY

KODIAK, Alaska

Kayla Christiansen has been sewing with sealskin and beading since she was 7 years old.

Now, 12 years later, she is still sewing and has turned her talent into a part-time business.

Christiansen, 19, first learned how to sew with sealskin during an Alutiiq week in Old Harbor, where she grew up. By Nicole Klauss. Kodiak Daily Mirror.

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Moving Sunday for Monday:

GUN CONTROL DEBATE-ALASKA

JUNEAU, Alaska — 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 Josh Berlinger.

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3 THINGS-LEGISLATURE

JUNEAU, Alaska — 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.

MUSEUM BOOK

KODIAK, Alaska — 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 BOOM

EAGLE RIVER, Alaska — 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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OCEAN STUDY

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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The AP, Anchorage.

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