Bob Hallinen
The Alaska Zoo in Anchorage held a “Valentines for the Animals” on Saturday, when 44-degree temperatures made for a pleasant day to walk around and view the animals in their exhibits.
Bob Hallinen
UAA coach Ryan McCarthy found himself in a pickle early in his team's matchup against Great Northwest Athletic Conference foe Central Washington on Saturday. McCarthy, who normally utilizes 12 players, was limited to four available players on the bench because of injuries and illness, and the result was a hotly contested women’s basketball game that UAA survived 69-61 at the Alaska Airlines Center. The top-ranked Seawolves (28-1, 14-1 GNAC) played without three players who do much of their work in the paint — starting forward Alysha Devine was out with illness, reserve center Dominique Brooks was out with a concussion and guard/forward Keiahnna Engel injured her knee just three minutes into the game.
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Anchorage Faith and Action Congregations Together (AFACT) will host a town hall meeting on February 15, 2016. The group says it will address the lack of detox facilities in Anchorage. The group gathered to discuss their research on the matter on February 9, 2016.
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Whiskey Class - Thurt

Each week Alaska Dispatch News is featuring a different music video by an Alaska artist. Want to suggest a video? Contactplay@alaskadispatch.comLiz Snyder and Patrick Troll have shared a love of music since high school, and today they make up the electronic music duo Whiskey Class. “Our styles are a little different but when blended together it makes magic,” says Troll.While the music for the song “Thurt” was recorded two years ago, Troll edited and layered the tracks over many months. It also took that long for artist Ian Stewart to create the animation for the debut music video. The psychedelic piece features a dream-like progression of scenes within scenes. Outer space, hamburgers, salmon and the ocean all play a part. Troll, the son of well-known Alaska artist Ray Troll, was born and raised in Ketchikan but now resides in Seattle.“I love to make beats, sampling jazz or cutting up samples from friends. I also love to throw a good dance party. Done DJ gigs in California, Seattle and all over Alaska,” Troll said.   
Scott Jensen
On a night where new members of the Alaska Aces Hall of Fame were honored during the first intermission, fans of all ages and all the way from Texas cheered for their teams — the Alaska Aces and the Allen Americans. The Americans won the game 6-2.
Bob Hallinen
A short-tailed weasel, or ermine, hunts along the edge of Turnagain Arm near Potter Marsh in Anchorage on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. 
Tegan Hanlon

Stan Hooley announces the 2016 Iditarod start

Iditarod Chief Executive Stan Hooley talks about the ceremonial start of the 2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as well as the restart on Friday, affirming that the restart will take place in Willow after Anchorage hosts the ceremonial start March 5.  Hooley said there's some work to do to fix up the first few miles of trail outside of Willow, "but that's not atypical to other years."Snow will be trucked in from municipal snow dumps to cover Anchorage streets and the Iditarod will work with the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage to use a machine NSAA uses to turn ice into snow. "All of the rain that Anchorage has been getting has been coming down as snow out in the Alaska Range," Hooley said, with the Iditarod Trail improving the farther racers get away from Willow. Read more: With better snow down the trail, Iditarod start will remain in Willow
Tara Young
Mushers need straw — lots of straw — for their dogs during the Iditarod, and on Thursday roughly 50 volunteers in Anchorage carried, bagged and stacked about 1,500 bales of it for the 1,000-mile race to Nome.
Mike Dunham
Three powerful exhibits opened at the Anchorage Museum on Feb. 5, all located on the third floor in a grouping that lets the viewer conveniently stroll from one to the next and see everything without doubling back.
Scott Jensen

downtown security

Editor's note: Video includes explicit language The Anchorage Downtown Partnership reports that its “ambassadors,” who patrol downtown on foot, have recently seen an increase of aggression, and in some cases violence, from Anchorage’s homeless, especially young adults and teens. The nonprofit estimates there are at least 200 people who live on the streets in the downtown area. A portion of this group sleeps in alleys and doorways, and under heat exhaust vents.Each morning the Partnership's security team rouses the regulars before the majority of business owners, employees and customers show up. The rest of day they help keep order on downtown streets and inside businesses, like coffee shops, where some of homeless are not welcome because they loiter, steal and harass the general public.On Friday morning, Feb. 5, Alaska Dispatch News spent about three hours with the interim director of security for the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Michael Knecht, to get a firsthand glimpse into how he helps manage Anchorage’s ongoing challenges with the downtown homeless.More: Can private security teams make downtown Anchorage safer? 
Opening round of the state high school hockey tournament at the Menard Center in Wasilla on Thursday.
Alaska Aces' 5-1 victory over the Allen Americans at Sullivan Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 10.