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Bill Roth
Palmer farmer Ben VanderWeele and his crew were harvesting potatoes on Wednesday.
Anchorage music lovers will have a rare chance to experience baroque music as it was meant to be presented, with dancers, at a concert on Sunday. 
Bob Hallinen
KOTZEBUE -- In an industry full of booms and busts, the Kotzebue commercial chum salmon fishery is exploding.After decades of fluctuation, including a time when the fishery all but ceased to function, it’s back this year and fishermen are slaying.So far, about 80 permit holders -- about 69 of whom fish on a consistent basis -- have brought in 4.45 million pounds of salmon. On July 28, those fishermen brought in 534,000 pounds of fish to the fishery, 10 times more than the average of 50,000-70,000 pounds of fish that usually get caught each day.Kotzebue fishermen are expected to make about $3 million this year, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game area biologist Jim Menard. It will mark the first time the fishery has brought in more than $1 million since 1988, and shows a dramatic shift in the power of the fishery, which almost died completely in the early 2000s. For comparison, the fishery only made $7,572 in 2002.The reasons for the banner year are twofold. One is that it’s turning out to be one of the best chum salmon runs in decades. The other is competition, with three fish buyers on the scene driving up the price per pound.Read more: Flourishing commercial chum fishery has Kotzebue fishermen breaking out the boats
Beth Bragg
From the good-things-happen-to-those-who-wait department, we bring you the New Balance Urban X-C Classic.Held Wednesday at the Delaney Park Strip, the high school cross-country meet rewarded a number of runners whose patience had been tested in the weeks and months leading up to it.
Tara Young

Alaska offers unique fall colors not seen when “leaf peeping” in New England. During peak fall foliage, take a drive up the Parks Highway to Denali State Park, where the tundra has turned into stunning yellows, pinks, and reds. The views are endless and dazzling to behold.Watch this video on Vimeo or YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Chris Bieri
For its fourth Monolith Showcase, the agency is bringing together some Alaska talent with acts from the Pacific Northwest for two nights of music Friday and Saturday at the Tap Root Public House.
Marc Lester
Forty-one people from 23 countries were naturalized at a ceremony at East High School on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.
Tara Young,Laurel Andrews

So far, Eric Thompson is the only witness to speak on the record with news media about a house party brawl in Anchorage that featured Alaska's most famous political family, the Palins.“I didn’t understand what was going to happen, and it just blew up,” Thompson said.In an interview at attorney Kevin Fitzgerald's office on Monday, Thompson gave his account of the evening and what happened once it became a national story. Police said roughly 20 people were involved.  Police spokesperson Jennifer Castro confirmed that members of the Palin family were at the party, and said alcohol was a factor in the fight. Nobody involved in the fight had wanted to press charges, Castro wrote.The party was held at the home of Korey Klingenmeyer, officer manager for McKenna Bros. Paving. Around 70 people had gathered to celebrate the birthday of Marc and Matthew McKenna, owners of the company, Thompson said. Todd Palin, a friend of the McKenna's and fellow Iron Dog racer, was also celebrating his birthday.The Palins showed up in a stretch limo Hummer around 8:30 or 9 p.m., Thompson said. The family was mingling with other guests, and there didn't appear to be any animosity between party-goers, he said.READ MORE: Palin brawl eyewitness talks about aftermath, crowdfunding videoWatch this video on Vimeo or YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Erik Hill
The Alaska Table Tennis Club and the Anchorage Park Foundation hosted the Concrete Ping-Pong Tournament on a concrete table installed this summer on the Delaney Park Strip. 
Megan Edge
Maggie the African elephant left Anchorage nearly seven years ago in an Air Force cargo jet. Alaska Zoo director Patrick Lampi said he's visited Maggie several times at her California home. "Seeing her healthy, with more acreage than we could have ever offered her, and the interaction with the other elephants was very gratifying and I have no doubt that moving her was the right decision," Lampi said.
The 1,686-square-foot, two-story, single-family home was the star of the kickoff of the 50th annual Parade of Homes in Anchorage on Friday evening. 
Loren Holmes
On a soggy Saturday morning, dozens of kids and their families joined the USA’s best female rugby players for a camp and demonstration at Anchorage’s Delaney Park Strip.

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