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Dimond hosted West in week 3 of Cook Inlet Conference football Friday.
Alaska Dispatch News
Since the dawn of the jet age, Alaska has been a prime spot for presidential stopovers.
Shelby Lum
The 2015 Alaska State Fair began on Thursday, Aug. 27, and runs through Sept. 7. 
Tara Young

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Marya and Garnett Morrow Sr. of Moose Gardens Bed and Breakfast have been competing in the Alaska State Fair since the early 1980s, but have been consistently winning "grand champion" ribbons every year since 1985. The Morrows, their son Garnett Jr. and other family members contribute to the family’s submissions into as many categories as they can possibly enter. Flowers, flower design, wild berries, edible berries and sometimes baking have won the Morrows numerous blue ribbons and at times “Best in Show” and “Extreme Exhibitor.” But Marya says the family’s goal is to win at least one purple grand champion ribbon every year. Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.

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An uncontrolled wildfire in the tiny village of Chiniak on Kodiak Island destroyed several structures, forced evacuations and closed roads in less than 12 hours overnight, authorities said early Friday.  Chiniak residents began evacuating around 11 p.m. Thursday. Early Friday morning, the Kodiak Police Department urged people remaining in the community of about 50 to leave quickly as the fire was moving rapidly.Read more: Wildfire destroys structures in Kodiak Island village, prompts evacuation
Alaska Dispatch News
An uncontrolled wildfire in the tiny village of Chiniak on Kodiak Island, Alaska destroyed several structures, forced evacuations and closed roads in less than 12 hours overnight, authorities said early Friday.
Bill Roth
At Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing is hosting a week-long multinational humanitarian exercise for the first time in North America this week. The biannual Pacific Airlift Rally includes 14 Pacific Rim nations and is intended to sharpen coordination for future humanitarian airlifts.  
Maya Evoy
I tested a couple of different versions of focaccia before landing on the right one.
Bill Roth
Livestock and crops were moved into the barn at the Alaska State Fair grounds in Palmer on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in preparation for the noon opening on Thursday.
Alaska Dispatch News
East beat Eagle River in three straight games in Cook Inlet Conference volleyball Wednesday at Eagle River.
Alaska Dispatch News

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Somewhere among the ridges of sea ice, more than 20 miles from shore in the Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast, an orange six-person raft is floating. But instead of a person, the small vessel’s passenger is a thermal dummy, designed to imitate a human heat signature.In the grey sky 500 feet above, an unmanned aircraft flies a search pattern, scanning the Beaufort Sea for signs of the simulated survivor. Operators of the Puma drone, working from an installation at Oliktok Point and also aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy monitor live feeds from the aircraft’s camera and from its infrared sensors. The rescuers-in-training look for signs of the lifeboat they know is out there.Spotting the speck of orange amid the white ice and dark patches of open water proves difficult, but after concerted efforts, operators vector the drone to the raft’s coordinates and once the drone is above it, the raft appears on the search and rescue team’s monitor.Two helicopters stationed at the Arctic Shield forward operating location in Deadhorse are dispatched to the location, and Coast Guard personnel rappel down to recover the mock survivor.Read more: Drone exercise tests Coast Guard's Arctic rescue capabilities
Tara Young,Donna Freedman

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