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UAA gymnastics hosted a meet against Brigham Young University at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.
Bob Hallinen
Former Anchorage Fire Department Chief Craig Goodrich speaks at the Alaska Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Firefighters and police officers gathered to mark the 40th anniversary of the Bi-Lo Grocery Supermarket fire in Anchorage.
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The Yukon Quest sled dog race began along the Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Mike Dunham
Visitors to the Anchorage Museum on Friday morning did double-takes as a robotic tour guide greeted them, rolled through the galleries like R2-D2, looked over the exhibits, made conversation and sometimes asked for help.
Marc Lester

2016 Denali Doubles sled dog race begins

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 ending in CantwellAmong King's rules: No whining.The teams must consist of one veteran and one novice musher, which on Thursday gave those experienced in competitive dog mushing a chance for a long ride with a boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, parent, sponsor, friend, handler or, in at least once case, a last-minute stranger.Read the story: Denali Doubles: Where Iditarod veterans play by Jeff King's rules
Bob Hallinen
Nathaniel Herz
Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards said Friday that the state was launching a new push to prosecute former Veco chief Bill Allen for sex crimes. But a hurdle remains in the form of the U.S. Department of Justice, which would have to sign off for Richards’ office to prosecute Allen under an updated 1910 federal sex trafficking law called the Mann Act.
Tara Young,Tegan Hanlon
Mike Dunham
Alaska Dance Theatre's production of "Winter's Dance" is a collaboration with Pamyua. Jan. 31, 2016.
Bob Hallinen
The East High Thunderbirds take on the Lathrop Malamutes in the Dimond Lady Lynx Shootout, at Dimond High in south Anchorage on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2106. The four-day tournament features high school basketball team from through out the state. 
Marc Lester
The Ultimate Frisbee Friends, a Ski for Women team known for their elaborate, colorful costumes, gathered to patch up and organize some of the outfits they’ve worn over the last decade. For this year’s race, the group plans a retrospective collection.
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The best photos from Alaska Dispatch News photographers and contributors from February 2016.

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