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Mike Dunham
A"Never Alone" preview party that was held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Anchorage on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, for the new video game based on Alaska Native legends that was developed by the Cook Inlet Tribal Council and E-Line Media of New York.
Alaska Dispatch News
Upper One Games, Cook Inlet Tribal Council's video game development arm, demonstrated the Alaska Native-inspired video game "Never Alone" at the 2014 Elders and Youth Conference Arts & Opps Showcase at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. The game draws on traditional Inupiat tales to tell the story of Nuna, who travels through the game attempting to save her people from an endless blizzard. It is expected to retail for about $15. The scheduled release date is Nov. 18. In the behind-the-scenes video The Power of Videogames, Ron Brower Sr., an Iñupiat elder, describes the importance of "Never Alone" as a way to reach youth and pass along traditional knowledge.Read more:  First Native-produced video game 'Never Alone' brings culture to the console
Alaska Dispatch News
Four friends got together after college in 2008 to start Sweetgrass Productions, an adventure cinematography outfit that has produced a number of award winning films, including Valhalla (2013). For this latest effort, Afterglow, Sweetgrass was hired by a Swedish creative agency to produce a night skiing segment for the electronic company Phillips. Filmed in a little over three weeks, Afterglow features a night ski segment shot at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska. The most surreal scenes are during the LED night ski where skiers wear LED backpacks or light suits, and the effect is mesmerizing.
Alaska Dispatch News

Kin and Moose: Gin and Juice Halloween Parody from the Holderness Family

The Holderness family had a massive viral hit last year with their music video Christmas Jammies. Their latest hit, Kin and Moose, is a parody of Snoop Dogg’s "Gin and Juice." The video touches on parental woes of the holiday including costume choices and peanut allergies. And with lyrics like “Rolling down the street with my kinfolk, dressed like a giant moose,” this tune might just stick in your head.
Tara Young
Alaska Superior Court Judge Greg Miller sided with the news media Thursday, ordering Gov. Sean Parnell to release hundreds of documents related to the National Guard scandal.READ MORE: Judge orders some National Guard documents released
Bill Roth
The top two divers in the Cook Inlet Conference were true to form Thursday, leading the field during the preliminary round of diving on the opening day of the CIC swimming and diving championships at Bartlett.
Marc Lester
Five months after an Alaska family's disappearance, police and relatives continue to search for them.
Alaska Robotics

AKRN - Attack of the Giant Weed Monster

Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of six Alaska Robotics News multimedia commentaries leading up to the 2014 general election. Look online for new videos each Monday and Thursday.A Pew Research survey estimated in June that almost half of the adults in our country have used marijuana. That's more than 150 million Americans. Here in Alaska, a quarter of young adults have tried the drug in the last month.I think we have a "cow path problem" here.In urban design circles there's this story about an architect who created a college campus with no paved walkways, just open fields of grass. When the students arrived, they trampled their own paths into the lawn, and the architect was able to see where foot traffic demanded a walkway.In other cases, designers wait for snow to come and they watch where footprints appear. If there's existing infrastructure, they can use this information to arrange obstacles or fences which will guide people back onto an existing path.This is all very similar to the question of marijuana regulation. Alaska has a well-worn path which we know many people are traveling, and next week we will vote to either pave this path or continue to allow folks to tromp through the mud and snow.Not that Alaskans can't handle a little mud and snow.I'm honestly not certain how I'll vote on the marijuana ballot measure. I was solidly in the yes camp until I watched a speech given by the Tanana 4-H girls. Now I'm conflicted.I don't want to contribute to the horrible problems that these young women and others like them have to face, but maybe if more people could self-medicate with weed, they wouldn't need to rely on alcohol. I don't know.We have so many big decisions ahead of us, I hope you'll come out and vote on Tuesday. We need everyone's perspective to make informed decisions as a community, and however you vote, it does make a difference because you're thinking about the question and answering it for yourself.Created by Pat Race, Lou Logan, Aaron Suring, Jamie Karnik and many others, Alaska Robotics News is a political satire series focused on Alaska. The series was initially funded through Kickstarter and some cash donated in an unmarked brown paper bag. Alaska Robotics is a group in Juneau publishing short films, comics and many other creative works. Follow their projects online at AlaskaRobotics.com or in person at their gallery at 220 Front Street.The views expressed here are the writer's own and are not necessarily endorsed by Alaska Dispatch News, which welcomes a broad range of viewpoints. To submit a piece for consideration, email commentary(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Riza Brown
Commercial candy aisles not cutting it? Here are some alternative Halloween festivities and treats to indulge in. 
Suzanna Caldwell
Norm Stamper, a former Seattle police chief, and Bill Parker, a former deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Corrections, canvass the Inlet View area of Anchorage in support of the marijuana initiative and the Yes on 2 campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.  
Lisa Maloney
Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs practice wilderness search on the Alaska Pacific University campus on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.
Tara Young
Native rapper Samuel Johns, aka Rebel, premiered his latest music video last week at the 2014 Alaska Federation of Native convention in Anchorage.Johns considers himself a "positive message" rapper, sharing words of inspiration for youth and adults alike. The song "Wake Up," now featured in his latest video, gained him some notoriety earlier this year with its powerful message about waking up to the realities of domestic abuse. It's a plea to women caught in a cycle of abuse to walk away and not “hide behind the makeup." The video resonated at AFN, where the theme for this year’s conference was "Rise As One." Over the course of the three-day event, many talked about the need for Alaska communities to rise up against suicide and domestic violence.Johns also recently debuted another video for his song "Hydz."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@alaskadispatch.com.

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