Marc Lester

Seventeen teams began the Denali Doubles sled dog race on February 5, 2016. The race, founded and organized by four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King, uses a unique format. Teams must consist of two mushers and can use up to 20 dogs. The race follows the Denali Highway for 226 miles, starting and...
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The dragon will venture out of its lair at North Star Elementary. A giraffe will amble out of its comfy bedroom at Gailyn Taylor’s house. Heather Wilson will chase a rainbow or two out of her home. The Ultimate Frisbee Friends, the team that has wowed the crowd for 10 straight years at the Alaska...
Marc Lester
Tom Kehrberg ducked into a stylish hair salon on Fifth Avenue on a breezy winter morning in early December. His hair often got tangled and matted in the year and a half he spent homeless in the Anchorage woods until two weeks prior. But Kehrberg was making changes. “Can I get a haircut and a beard trim?” he asked at the reception desk. “I’m getting married.” It was one of several errands he and his wife-to-be, Barb Towarak, ran that day. Just two days before their ceremony, they stood in line at the courthouse to ordain Tom’s mother. Barb then shopped for clothes. The couple kissed on the street corner before briefly parting company. The week marked a new beginning for them, and not just in the usual life-commitment way. For Tom, 36, it was a pivot toward society — with its norms and...Marc Lester
About 50 volunteers pitched in for the Food Bank of Alaska’s monthly “box build,” held this month on Martin Luther King Day, January 18, 2016. The food will be given to poor elderly people around Alaska. Twenty tons of food are packed into 1,500 thirty-pound boxes by the volunteers. David Cornwall...
Marc Lester
In March 2013, while Tina Ervin was away for the night, her five-year-old son Austin was involved in a car accident with family friends in Wasilla, Alaska. The accident left Austin, now 8, unable to move his body from the neck down and requiring a ventilator to breathe. With full-time help, Tina...
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The Barrow Whalers beat Longmont Christian, of Longmont, Colorado, 72-41, in the opening round of the Alaska Airlines Classic high school basketball tournament on Thursday at West High. The annual tournament is a rare opportunity for some of Alaska’s teams to face competition from Outside, and one...
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Call it a friendly rivalry after the final horn sounds, but during the 3rd Annual Army vs. Air Force hockey game, skaters from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson were serious about winning. The game, held Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena, was free to the public and drew a noisy crowd. Lt. Col...
Marc Lester
We often hear that Anchorage has some of the most diverse schools in America. In fact, East, Bartlett and West are the three most diverse public high schools in the nation , according to a University of Alaska Anchorage researcher. But what do we know about the students who make up the statistics? The Anchorage School District and Bartlett High School pointed Alaska Dispatch News toward Yvette Stone’s Anatomy and Physiology class, a challenging elective that meets early in the school day on Bartlett’s fifth floor. There, 21 of 31 students volunteered to talk to ADN over the past few months about their backgrounds, interests, challenges and some of the moments that have shaped the adults they’re becoming. Taken together, the stories open a window into the world of teens in Anchorage today...Tegan Hanlon,Marc Lester
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Students and family members came to Mountain View Elementary School in Anchorage on Thursday evening, Dec. 3, 2015, to participate in one of several family nights that the school hosts each year. Literacy was the theme this time. Kids played various word games for prizes, gathered in the...
Marc Lester
In the northeast corner of Campbell Creek Park, homeless people who wanted to drink were known for gathering on a metal fish-viewing platform . This summer, that changed. Under pressure from officials and a neighborhood group, the city’s parks and recreation department removed the platform. Parks officials said they were fielding increasing complaints from park visitors harassed by groups of aggressive, drunk people. Whether there has been any lasting change since then depends on who you talk to. City officials and people who work in the area say it’s much quieter now. Police officers have noticed a dramatic drop in calls to the area of 46th Avenue and Folker Street, said Renee Oistad, police spokeswoman. The calls haven't shifted to a different location in the park, Oistad said. But...Marc Lester,Devin Kelly

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