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Valentine's Day -- associated as it has become with cheap chocolate, relationship pressure and hollow sentiment -- has a bit of a bad rap. But what could be better than celebrating the love in your life, whether that's with family, a partner or your pals? Fortunately, there are events around Anchorage that range from fun, to funny to romantic (or all three), for whichever way you're feeling Feb. 14. Thursday Savage Love Live — Dan Savage has made a career of boldly covering everything related to sex and relationships. From BDSM to virginity and sexting, Savage has made a career of confronting often-taboo topics with frankness and humor. His shows are driven by anonymous questions from the audience, so there's no telling where the conversation might go. 7:30 p.m. at the Wendy Williamson...Alaska Dispatch
Curtis Thayer has started work as the new president and CEO of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce, an organization whose mission is to advance the interests of business statewide. Thayer replaces Rachael Petro, who moved out of state after heading the organization for almost five years, the chamber said in a press release on Monday. "Thayer is strong leader who will ensure the 'voice of Alaska business' is heard and policies are adopted to attract investments and grow jobs," Chamber board chair Casey Sullivan said in a statement. Thayer served as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration under Gov. Sean Parnell and prior to that was deputy commissioner of the state Commerce, Community and Economic Development Department. “As we start a new chapter in chamber history, we have...Alaska Dispatch
ASAA/First National Bowl State high school football playoffs Large-school quarterfinals Friday 7 p.m. — Dimond (5-3) at Colony (6-2) 7 p.m. — Bartlett (6-2) at Chugiak (5-3) Saturday 2 p.m. — West Valley (3-5) at East (6-2) 5 p.m. — West (6-2) at Lathrop (4-3) Medium-school semifinals At Dimond’s Alumni Field Saturday 1 p.m. — Kenai (6-1) vs. North Pole (4-3) 4 p.m. — Soldotna (8-0) vs. Thunder Mountain (4-4) Small-school semifinals Saturday 1 p.m. — Homer (4-4) at Eielson (7-1) 4 p.m. — Barrow (5-3) at Nikiski (6-2) Final football Standings Large schools Cook Inlet Conference Team Overall Conference * East 6-2 4-2 * Chugiak 5-3 4-2 * West 6-2 4-2 * Bartlett 6-2 4-2 * Dimond 5-3 3-3 South 2-6 2-4 Service 1-7 0-6 * Clinched playoff spot (Top 5 teams advance to state playoffs) Railbelt...Alaska Dispatch
Flooding in Anchorage stranded vehicles, forced the evacuation of an apartment complex and shut down major intersections in midtown Saturday, July 25. Read more: Flooding, accident close Anchorage roads
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Fishing Riot of reds? Personal-use dipnetters will hit the mouth of the Kenai River this weekend, trying to fill their refrigerators with sockeye salmon fillets. Fishing runs 6 a.m.-11 p.m. seven days a week this month, with the height of the action expected in a week or two. Successful netters can take 25 fish for the head of a household. See the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website for more information: . Outdoors Hard-core outdoors If Mount Marathon seemed a little wimpy at 3,022 feet, mountain runners can sample the Pioneer Ridge Climb on Saturday. The 4.5-mile race goes 5,000 feet up the imposing Mat-Su peak. Those who prefer pedaling for pain may prefer the Fireweed 400, an assortment of races as long as 400 miles from Sheep Mountain Lodge to Valdez and back...Alaska Dispatch
THURSDAY SOCCER Channel 6 a.m. Real Madrid CF vs Juventus FC FS1 41 BASEBALL Channel 9 a.m. Twins at Tigers or Pirates at Phillies MLB 149 2:30 p.m. San Diego Padres at Seattle Mariners* ROOT 36 3 p.m. Giants at Reds or Yankees at Rays MLB 149 6 p.m. Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners ROOT 36 10 p.m. Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners* ROOT 36 AUTO RACING Channel 11 a.m. Truck Series: NC Ed. Lottery 200, practice FS1 41 3 p.m. Truck Series: NC Ed. Lottery 200, practice FS1 41 CYCLING Channel 1 p.m. Tour of California, Stage 5: Santa Barbara NBCS 39 6:30 p.m. Tour of California, Stage 5: Santa Barbara* NBCS 39 NBA PLAYOFFS Channel 4 p.m. Clev. Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls, Game 6 ESPN 34 6:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at L.A. Clippers, Game 6 ESPN 34 10:30 p.m. Clev. Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls,...Alaska Dispatch
THURSDAY PREP BASEBALL: Eagle River vs. East, 4:30 p.m., Chugiak vs. Bartlett, 7 p.m., Mulcahy Stadium GIRLS PREP SOCCER: East at Bartlett, West at Eagle River, 5 p.m. BOYS PREP SOCCER: East at Bartlett, West at Eagle River, 7 p.m. FRIDAY PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Frosh/Soph meet, South, 3 p.m. PREP BASEBALL: Service vs. West, 4:30 p.m., Dimond vs. South, 7 p.m., Mulcahy Stadium PREP SOFTBALL: East vs. West, 5:15 p.m., Albrecht Fields; Dimond at Bartlett, 5:15 p.m.; South vs. East, 7 p.m., Albrecht FieldsAlaska Dispatch
Iconic rock band Mötley Crüe ("Girls, Girls, Girls," "Dr. Feelgood," "Home Sweet Home") has announced they'll perform in Anchorage July 16-17. The shows will be at the Alaska Airlines Center as part of the band’s two-year "Final Tour." According to a release from the band, Alaska is the final addition to Mötley Crüe's tour of North America. Bassist Nikki Sixx said the group added shows because of "overwhelming" demand from fans. Fans were invited to lobby the group to visit their cities through social media. This won't be Mötley Crüe's first time visiting the state; they toured to Anchorage in 1999. The release notes that all performance dates "will be taking place in arenas exclusively to ensure fans get to experience the full show production of the Final Tour." Mötley Crüe signed a...Alaska Dispatch
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The low-snow winter that was a bummer for skiers is becoming a boon for springtime hikers. Trail conditions in Anchorage and the surrounding areas are well ahead of schedule for this time of year, with several low-lying and south-facing routes already attracting throngs of spring hikers. “It’s...
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It’s official -- trees are budding, geese are back in town and lawns have a pronounced green tinge. Late-arriving snow flurries aside, spring has arrived. With the warming weather comes the craving for things fresh and green, and that includes things that arrive on a plate. For a region with a relatively brief growing season, there are a lot of great salads on offer at restaurants in Anchorage and the surrounding areas. This list barely scratches the surface, but here are five of our food writers’ favorites. Yum Neua salad Thai Kitchen I’ve never glanced at a menu and said, “Oh, I’ll just have a salad.” I have neither the self-control nor the nonchalance. As an enthusiastic eater and an unrepentant carnivore, it has been pointed out to me that even my favorite salads are non-vegetarian...Alaska Dispatch