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Video: Iditarod musher profiles

Ever wonder why mushers do what they do? How they endure the cold, and darkness for 1,000 miles along the Iditarod Trail? In 2014, Alaska Dispatch News created a musher profile series featuring some of the top Iditarod mushers in the state. Learn about their training methods, their dogs, and their unbridled determination.

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GIRDWOOD -- On Tuesday, Alaska became the third state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

It turned out to be both a historic moment and a deeply understated occasion...

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Two newly purchased Anchorage Police Department canines sniffed out tracks left by handlers last week at Russian Jack Springs Park. The dogs are early on in their training, and police have left marijuana detection off their list of lessons...

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Bryce, a harbor seal pup was found stranded at Land’s End resort in Homer last August...

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In November, an Anchorage teenager gave birth to a baby girl she knew she couldn’t raise.

Adoption, she decided, was the best choice.

That part of Kaleena Pysher’s story is not unfamiliar...

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When it comes to extreme sports, vertical skiing, BASE jump, kite surfing, paragliding and an assortment of others spring to mind.

Fishing? Not so much. Lean back, launch a lazy cast, pop open a beer, await a strike...

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Tim Buechle says he likes old things -- old planes, old cars and an old way of life. The 54-year-old grew up in Pinconning, Mich., and is now something of an Alaska renaissance man, making a living as a hunting and fishing guide, airplane mechanic and trapper...

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When it comes to extreme sports, vertical skiing, BASE jump, kite surfing, paragliding and an assortment of others spring to mind.

Fishing? Not so much. Lean back, launch a lazy cast, pop open a beer, await a strike...

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When it comes to extreme sports, vertical skiing, BASE jump, kite surfing, paragliding and an assortment of others spring to mind.

Fishing? Not so much. Lean back, launch a lazy cast, pop open a beer, await a strike.

But the Australian anglers of an outfit called MorningTide Fishing are changing that, landing big fish from a treacherous rocky shoreline Down Under while fending off waves in a surf that never quits.

“We would watch fishing shows on TV and compare them to the way we fished,” said MorningTide angler Aaron Briggs of Barmah in New South Wales. “What we found was it would never add up...

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Following an eviction from its clubhouse at the former Kodiak Bar in downtown Anchorage, the Alaska Cannabis Club is moving forward with plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Feb. 24, the day recreational marijuana becomes legalized in Alaska...

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