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BETHEL -- A city council member beckoned kids to a Native American hip-hop workshop, and then to one on belly dancing. People waited in line 45 minutes to buy $10 cups of Eskimo ice cream, or akutaq, with tundra berries, halibut and Crisco. On stage, one group of Bethel dancers reached deep to...
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The 30th Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic was called off Saturday after a second day of poor conditions forced organizers to nix the annual race in the Hoodoo Mountains. The event, which began Friday, combines skiing (or snowboarding) with snowmachine racing over a 5.5-mile course. The race starts...
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The second season of the Pupil + Paper design and scholarship competition kicked off at the Anchorage Museum Saturday April 4, 2015. Eighteen teams of students from seven Anchorage and Chugiak high schools created garments made completely from recycled paper. The entries ranged from fantastical to...
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For the last 31 years, Phil Nuechterlein and his wife have been leading pack llamas through Alaska’s state and national parks. Nuechterlein said they’ve been to Denali National Park and Preserve, up the Dalton Highway to Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and have “extensively” traveled...
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Saturday's Merry Marmot Festival at Arctic Valley hosted many family-friendly events, but among the most beloved are the kayak races, and downhill dummy launch. Watch this video on YouTube , and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)...
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On a rainy March morning, a lone paddleboarder rode a bore tide along Turnagain Arm in Southcentral Alaska. Leif Ramos had the wave to himself as he rode 45 minutes from just past Bird Point to Girdwood. The bore tide is a natural phenomenon that occurs in narrow channels when the leading edge of...
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Alaska Native elder Lorena Paniptchuk now lives in Unalakleet, but she was born and raised in Shaktoolik, north along the Bering Sea coast. She learned how to sew from her grandmothers and mother, and from watching the older girls in her village. She started by making baby booties and gradually...
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Lance Mackey says he never really knew what depression was, but certainly felt like he went through a bit of it in the past year or two. Between the constant physical reminders of his bout with cancer , relationship troubles, and a complete rebuild of his Comeback Kennel with new handlers and...
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Rain, wind and shine, mushers and fans made the most of a wet, weird – and ultimately wonderful – Iditarod ceremonial start on Saturday across Anchorage for the city’s annual sled dog extravaganza . From the odd sight of a single-lane snow track down an otherwise snowless Fourth Avenue to better-...
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The World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, which began in 1989, is the largest ice sculpting competition of its kind. This year, 16 teams have five and a half days to sculpt 45,000 pounds for the multi block competition, and two and a half days for the single block competition. The overall theme...
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