Robyne, KUAC - Fairbanks
Twelve Fred Meyer and 35 Carrs Safeway stores owned by the companies are the major competitors in Alaska's main urban areas.
Zackry Johnson, 31, has been charged with second-degree murder of the 1-year-old girl, who was found dead by her mother.
Chinonye Chukwu produced her first feature film in 2012 as a University of Alaska Fairbanks student.
The case baffled investigators for decades, and became notorious because of the circumstances: a young woman stabbed and shot while she was visiting friends at college in Fairbanks right before finals week in April 1993.
University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers will study reducing air pollution in the North Pole area with new electric thermal storage unit heaters.
Several area fire departments responded to fires that started when trees pulled down power lines.
Department of Transportation spokeswoman Danielle Tessen says the worst damage was under a 70-year-old bridge at milepost 233, south of Black Rapids.
It has been six years since Fairbanks hosted the statewide Republican convention, and it sold out earlier this week.
Steven Downs was an 18-year-old first-year student at University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1993, and presumably had no connection to the victim, Sophie Sergie, who was from the village of Pitka's Point.
Lawyers stepped the jury through evidence and testimony in four hours of closing remarks on Monday.
Kenneth Moto testified Thursday that volunteered to give a DNA sample in 1996 because he wanted to help any way he could solve a crime against a Native person.
Law enforcement officers who arrested Steven Downs for the 1993 rape and murder of Sophie Sergie testified at Downs’s trial on Wednesday.
Debra Gillis, with the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, said the bullet she examined was too mangled to match it to guns taken from the suspect.
The trial may wrap up this week.
The former girlfriend and chief investigator of the 1993 murder of Sophie Sergie took witness stand in a Fairbanks courtroom on Tuesday to testify in a case that was cold for nearly three decades.
Nicholas Dazer shared a dorm room with Steven Downs, who is accused of killing Sophie Sergie in 1993. He said Downs had two guns.
The chaos of students taking finals and then leaving at the end of the spring semester frustrated investigators in the days after 20-year-old Sophie Sergie was found dead on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.
The first person who reported seeing the Sophie Sergie’s body was Okcha Ancheta. She testified Thursday in the trial of Steven Downs, who is charged with Sergie’s murder and sexual assault.