Many Alaskans don't bat an eye at events which would be front-page news elsewhere, but some stories will make even the most jaded Alaskan do a double-take. These items, from our coverage during 2017, certainly deserve a second look.

Jan. 22: The Dome collapses under heavy snowfall

Events at The Dome have been postponed indefinitely after heavy snowfall caused the roof to collapse.

Feb. 6: APD: Thieves use construction vehicle to steal ATM from Anchorage bank

Police said thieves used a piece of construction equipment to remove an automated teller machine from the Denali Federal Credit Union on Denali Street in February 2017. (Nick Swann/KTVA)

Thieves used a "construction vehicle" to tear down a wall of a credit union on East 36th Avenue and made off with an ATM located inside, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

March 13: Police arrest suspect who allegedly stole vehicle with toddler inside

Bruce King was arrested after Anchorage police say he stole a vehicle with a toddler inside on New Year's Day 2017. (From APD)

A man accused of stealing a vehicle with a toddler in the backseat on New Year’s Day has been found and arrested, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

April 19: Russian bombers fly near Alaska again

A Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber is intercepted by a 90th Fighter Squadron F-22 Raptor near Alaska's Nunivak Island, in a 2007 photo. (From U.S. Air Force)

Russian TU-95 “Bear” bombers buzzed by Alaska for the second time in two days, flying even closer to the Alaska mainland than during the first flyby.

May 8: Stand down, Mat-Su: 17-foot python returns home

Sam, a 17-foot, 100-pound Burmese python, poses with Mat-Su Borough animal control officer Darla Erskine and owner David Hyde. The snake reappeared at Hyde's home after being reported missing for several days in spring 2017. (Courtesy Mat-Su Borough)

Sam, the 17-foot python who's been on the loose in the Mat-Su area, has returned home.

July 23: Stubbs, Talkeetna’s honorary cat mayor, dies

Stubbs, Talkeetna’s honorary cat mayor beloved by Alaskans and tourists alike, has died at the age of 20 according to the animal’s owners.

Aug. 9: Humpback whale found dead on cruise ship’s bow in Ketchikan

A dead humpback whale entered the port of Ketchikan, Alaska, on the bow of Princess Cruises' Grand Princess on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. (Fred Burk/NOAA Office of Law Enforcement)

A dead humpback whale was found on the bow of a ship arriving in Ketchikan Wednesday morning, according to federal authorities.

Aug. 24: Northern Lights Hotel undergoes final demolition work

Work to demolish the Northern Lights Hotel entered its final stage Thursday afternoon, with at least a third of the building taken down. (Heather Hintze/KTVA)

Demolition crews began final work to take down a derelict building on the Midtown Anchorage skyline, completing several months of work to remove it.

Sept. 13: NOAA: Jet-Ski riders may have harassed Resurrection Bay whales

NOAA officials are hoping to speak with these two Jet-Ski riders, allegedly seen

Federal authorities are looking to speak with two Jet-Ski riders about a possible harassment case involving humpback whales in Resurrection Bay earlier this summer.

Nov. 18: Police again say Eagle River puppy found safe

Dexter, a black 3-month-old Labrador/Rottweiler mix puppy, was stolen from a vehicle outside the Eagle River Walmart early on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (From APD)

A puppy stolen from a parked vehicle at the Eagle River Walmart was found and reunited with its owner, hours after a mistaken report that the animal was surrendered in the morning.

Dec. 4: Stolen delivery truck crashes into Church of Love

A man is in custody after allegedly stealing a delivery truck, ramming it through a patrol car and then crashing into a church in Spenard.

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