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Matt Reed
What if you could surf and paddle off a virtually untouched beach? In Alaska, that's still possible. See photos from one writer's four-day trip aboard the Milo, a commercial fishing vessel turned seaworthy surfmobile.
Maia Nolan-Partnow
The Sparck sisters grew up surrounded by nutrient-rich Alaska botanicals and have now taken them to market in their high-end ArXotica skincare products.
Michaela Goertzen
A day-trip with Ultima Thule Outfitters in pictures.
Jamey Bradbury
Roughly a third of Alaska’s population is reachable only by boat or airplane, so the pilots who fly Skyvans, Cessnas and de Havilland Beavers act as a lifeline to the Bush. 
Julia O'Malley
Take a photo tour of the windswept remnants of this Aleutian island, once home to a bustling military base.
Michaela Goertzen
A day-trip to Barrow in pictures.
Sara Loewen
For 10 years, Sara and her growing family have been perfecting their summer routine -- a move from Kodiak to their cabin on Amook Island for setnetting season.
Alaska Dispatch News
Varsity boys soccer teams from East and Bartlett high schools reflect their schools' rankings as the two most diverse in the United States. 
Alaska Dispatch News

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Southside Strength and Fitness hosted the first of the local Special Olympics powerlifting games on May 17, 2015. Bobby Hill is one of the two Special Olympics powerlifters who train at Southside Strength and Fitness, along with friend and competitor Richard Renwick.During the match last Sunday, Hill deadlifted 308 lbs. Even though it wasn’t his personal record for deadlifts, you could feel the excitement in the room as Hill hugged longtime coaches Hal Lloyd and Ron Burnett. Since Hill started training with Lloyd in 2010, Hill has squatted over 340 lbs. and deadlifted approximately 325 lbs. His bench press last Saturday at 198 lbs. was a personal record. The state games will be held June 5-7 at East High School in Anchorage.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Alaska Dispatch News
Photos from the Cook Inlet Conference Track and Field Championships held at Dimond High School on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23.
Loren Holmes
Known for having an adversarial relationship with the oil industry as a private attorney, Bill Walker made his first trip as governor to the state’s North Slope oil fields this week, taking a three-day tour of the widespread facilities and at times discussing prickly issues with oil officials.
Tara Young

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Meghan Holtan has been walking the Chester Creek Trail on stilts this week to interview strangers and create audio recordings of their favorite experiences along the popular Anchorage trail.Her "Tall Tales" are part of the Seeking the Source project, a community art mapping endeavor that began May 17 and will conclude this Saturday, May 23.The project is curated by artist Jimmy Riordan, who grew up in Anchorage and has lived near the Chester Creek Trail for many years. “For me it’s one of the most diverse landscapes in the parks system in Anchorage, in that it bumps up against a lot of different communities and also has a variety of different natural landscapes,” said Riordan. “You’ve got wetlands, you’ve got the bird habitat at Westchester Lagoon, you’ve got these forested areas, so it was that diversity that we were intrigued by.”The intention of Seeking the Source is to collect a history of the trail and the neighborhoods that surround it. Eight artists have converged to contribute in their own ways to mapping the trail, while also working with community groups that use the trail and people who have historic or scientific knowledge about it.In addition to Holtan, tattoo artist Sara Frary is making drawings of the trail, amateur cartographer Colin Allen is creating a hand-drawn map and Ayden LeRoux is writing a collection of work inspired by the trail.Alaska’s elder statesman Vic Fischer and community activist Lanie Fleischer participated in a talk about the creation of the Chester Creek Trail at Valley of the Moon Park. Fischer told Riordan that he was happy to be part of the conversation, “but I have no idea what you’re doing.”Riordan acknowledges that some people are perplexed by the project, which includes a special smartphone app and an "augmented reality" guidebook. The booklet reveals information gathered by the artists when users scan QR codes into the Junaio app, available for iOS and Android. It’s an ambitious and conceptual project but one that Riordan says he hopes will give value to trailgoers for years to come.Anchorage residents can join the conversation by participating in a community walk along the trail starting at 12 p.m. Saturday in Russian Jack Park and ending in Valley of the Moon Park.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.

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