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Moose calling in Fairbanks, Alaska

Though many Alaskans -- either knowingly or unknowingly -- live within close proximity of moose, only some have ever actually heard a moose call.Karen Wilken with HooDoo Brewing Company in Fairbanks has, after she found three moose feeding in her yard this past week. One was calling out loudly to the others, maybe chatting about the 40-below-zero temperatures.
Tara Young

The Wash Off !

When it comes to extreme sports, vertical skiing, BASE jump, kite surfing, paragliding and an assortment of others spring to mind.Fishing?  Not so much. Lean back, launch a lazy cast, pop open a beer, await a strike. But the Australian anglers of an outfit called MorningTide Fishing are changing that, landing big fish from a treacherous rocky shoreline Down Under while fending off waves in a surf that never quits.“We would watch fishing shows on TV and compare them to the way we fished,” said MorningTide angler Aaron Briggs of Barmah in New South Wales. “What we found was it would never add up.“We're trying to catch tuna, mackerel, and other pelagics from the rocks and we’re constantly getting hammered by waves and hooking solid fish ... Basically our average days fishing were so much more exciting then a whole season of the best fishing shows on the telly, so a light just went off in our heads and we said we gotta make a fishing show.”They fish the east coast of the continent from New South Wales to Queensland, landing yellowfin tuna up to 35 pounds, sharks, cobia and other fish.“To be honest, we’ve lost our biggest hookups,” Briggs told Grind TV. “It’s heartbreaking.”Still, they release most of their catch unless a fish is obviously injured.What sets MorningTide videos apart is that the anglers sometimes plunge into the salt water with their prey when their line gets hung up.“We jump in when a fish has run us into a reef but we’re still connected to the fish,” Briggs told Grind TV.  “That has to be one of the worst feelings in fishing – where if you tighten up, you’re going to snap your line, and if you leave it loose, you’re going to get spooled. If there’s still a chance of landing the fish, we’ll jump in (to attempt to free the line).”Most of the MorningTide anglers have been around water and surfed most of their lives. They wear wetsuits for safety, but not life vests nor helmets. “Our take on life vests is they are amazing if you can’t swim, but would be very dangerous for us because, well, what’s the first thing you do if a set (of waves) is going to land on your head?  Dive as deep as you can and swim out past it.  The last thing we want is to be unable to swim under waves,” Briggs said.  “A helmet might be a good idea, though.”How about motoring farther offshore beyond the crashing waves in a boat, like most of the world does?“We see boats as cheating,” Briggs said.  “The feeling of landing a fish off the stones is so much better than a boat.”With the group’s photos and videos getting more and more exposure on the Internet, the Aussies are using their platform to promote catch-and-release fishing.“Frankly, there aren't a hell of a lot of fish left in the sea,” Briggs said. “We hope that if people see that we (land-based game fishermen that expend lots of energy on every fish) are willing to release our fish, then maybe they will look at their own actions as a fishermen and adopt a C&R style, or at least reduce what they keep.“For the non fishermen who is a consumer, we hope they will take a second to think about the fish they are buying and what is and isn't sustainable, what is and isn't endangered, what is farmed and what is wild.”Other MorningTide videos:• Catch and release mission:• Only a fisherman knows: Alaska Dispatch News videographer Tara Young at tara(at) 
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For the first time in 29 years, a hometown Bethel musher captured the world’s premier middle distance race when Peter Kaiser’s team of nine dogs crossed the finish line before dawn Sunday to the whoops and cheers of dozens of emotional fans who turned out to cheer him home. Dean Swope and Ben Matheson captured the race and the notable finish for KYUK Public Media, which serves listeners in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.Read more: Bethel cheers as hometown musher Kaiser wins richest Kusko 300 ever
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Rockets Launched into the Northern Lights in 4K Ultra HD

Around midnight Sunday, with conditions just right, researchers launched four rockets from the the University of Alaska’s Poker Flat Research Range, northeast of Fairbanks, into an aurora-bedecked sky.The rockets were designed to help researchers learn more about turbulence in the upper atmosphere and at the margin where the atmosphere meets space.But they were also beautiful in juxtaposition with the bright northern lights display, as photographer and videographer Ronn Murray, who shares this video, discovered.READ MORE: 'Four rockets launch from UAF research range'
The New York Times
The 23 inches of snow that had blanketed Boston by Tuesday night hoisted the storm into the ranks of the 10 worst -- or best, if you were a dog frolicking alongside a skier on the Boston Common.
A huge third quarter allowed West to break open a close game and coast to a 70-46 victory over Service in a Cook Inlet Conference boys basketball game Tuesday night at Service. 
Tara Young


Tim Buechle says he likes old things -- old planes, old cars and an old way of life. The 54-year-old grew up in Pinconning, Mich., and is now something of an Alaska renaissance man, making a living as a hunting and fishing guide, airplane mechanic and trapper.Buechle has been trapping since he was just 8 years old, when he sought out the men in his community who could teach him to trap.“It was just something natural," Buechle said. "Nobody had to sell me on it, nobody had to tell me. It was just the way I was created, I guess.”His dream growing up was to eventually live in Northern Canada or Alaska. After college and some time spent working in the building industry in Detroit, he decided to finally follow his childhood dream. He sold all his belongings and headed to Alaska. He first drove to the Last Frontier on his motorcycle in 1993 and became a permanent resident in 1999.Buechle built one cabin near the small town of Talkeetna, but also built his dream cabin -- all with indigenous materials -- in a remote area 20 air miles north of the community, in the foothills of the Talkeetna Mountains. Nearby, he has three trap lines on which he traps muskrats, marten, wolverine, fox, coyote, river otter and beaver. Buechle is one of about 8,000 licensed trappers in the state, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and he said he values humane trapping, where the animal is killed as quickly as possible. Buechle lives his life close to nature, and is familiar with all of the animals in his area. During the winter trapping season, Buechle claims he can monitor animal populations just by looking at tracks in the snow. He considers trapping a renewable resource in Alaska, something that, when managed properly, won’t damage overall animal populations.“There is still not a product produced as warm and durable as fur," Buechle said. "Any of the synthetic products can’t hold up. And Lord knows what goes into the process of manufacturing those products.”And unlike trappers of centuries past, when trapping could be a profitable trade, Buechle didn't get into the business for the money.“Trapping won’t make you rich, but if I break even, the lifestyle is my profit,” he said.“It’s truly a way of life,” said Buechle. “It’s a constant adventure and journey. It keeps you alive. It keeps you thinking and adapting. It’s enjoyable to be out with these animals in their environment, matching wits with them.”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)
Tara Young
“We're trying to catch tuna, mackerel, and other pelagics from the rocks and we’re constantly getting hammered by waves and hooking solid fish ... Basically our average days fishing were so much more exciting then a whole season of the best fishing shows on the telly, so a light just went off in our heads and we said we gotta make a fishing show.”
Bill Roth
HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters were loaded onto a C-5M Super Galaxy on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, as family and friends said their good-bye's to some of the personnel from the 210th Rescue Squadron, maintenance squadrons and support personnel with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing who began to deploy from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 
Tara Young
The Alaska Cannabis Club plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Feb. 24, the day recreational marijuana is legalized in Alaska, owner Charlo Greene said Thursday. But will it be legal?
Beth Bragg
Competitors ran 48 laps while competing in the Half Marathon at The Dome on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.
Bob Hallinen
High school athletes take part in the freestyle cross country ski race at Kincaid Park in Anchorage on Saturday, January 24, 2015. The boys raced 4 laps for 10.2 kilometers and the girls raced 3 laps for 7.6 kilometers.