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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.
Loren Holmes
As the saying goes, build it and they will come. And so they did, in droves, to Anchorage's second drive-in movie in years.
West and South each came away with two winners apiece Friday, a day when eight high school runners claimed victories at Russian Jack Springs Park. Separate boys and girls races were held for each grade — freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Clocking the fastest times in the 3-kilometer races were Ty Jordan, a junior from Chugiak, and Morgan Lash, a junior from South.
Loren Holmes
Firefighters from across Alaska gathered on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks to remember those who have died in the line of duty.
Scott McMurren
Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, is the only lodge inside the park. And unless you flew over the lodge near Pedersen Glacier, you wouldn’t know it was there. It’s tucked away from the shore to minimize the lodge’s impact on other park visitors. In fact, Alaska Wildland has a robust environmental impact philosophy -- this is a real “eco-lodge.”
Erik Hill
Take a look inside Coronado Park Senior Village, touted as an energy-efficient independent-living option for seniors near the heart of Eagle River. 
Mike Dunham
It’s easy to walk into the Alaska State Fair through the Yellow Gate and miss the biggest addition to the fair grounds this year.
Alaska Dispatch News
PHOTOS: The 2014 primary election features a three-way race for the GOP nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in November, a number of state house and senate races, and an oil-tax referendum that is among the most contentious in recent memory.

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