Suzanna Caldwell,Loren Holmes
For the last seven years, a coffee stand inside Hiland Mountain Correctional Center has served up espresso to staff, inmates and visitors as both a fundraiser and skill builder.
Alaska Dispatch News
Suki Wiggs set a record when UAA faced San Jose State, and Middle Tennessee faced Toledo for the Shootout title.
Bob Hallinen
Kids visit with Anchorage Police Department patrol officer and K9 handler Chris Nelson and Doc at the annual Police Navidad at the Anchorage Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, AK, on Saturday, November 28, 2015. The celebration put on by the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association featured craft tables, exhibits, entertainment, the Mooselip model railroad and visits with Santa Claus, among many other activities. 
Tara Young

The 33rd Athabascan Fiddle Festival evolves with a younger generation

The 33rd Athabascan Fiddle Festival was held at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall in Fairbanks, AK Nov. 11-14, 2015. When the festival began thirty-three years ago it was a mix of Athabascan musicians from across Interior Alaska, contributing different styles of fiddle music from their respective villages.In the 1840s the trappers who worked for Hudson Bay brought Scottish Isle jigs and reels to rural Alaskan villages up the Yukon River. Meanwhile the miners to the west influenced Alaska Natives in those villages with the country-and-western music they brought with them.While the festival started off as a mix of the two traditions, it has now taken a new shape. As more and more musicians traveled to Fairbanks every Veterans Day to play the festival, the less time there was for each band to play, leading to a split in the festival. Now the Gwich’in Old Time Athabascan Fiddle Dance is held during the same dates at the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center up the road. The upriver Gwich’in’s prefer to have their square dances and jig contests in a less time constrained schedule. In turn the Athabascan Fiddle Fest has become more rock and roll and hosts non-Athabascan bands as well as Canadian musicians. While each band is still required to have a fiddle player, those rules may have to bend since fewer younger people are picking the fiddle as their instrument of choice. Nowadays the younger generation prefers the guitar and rock and roll so the festival has evolved.Berchmen Esmailka 89, of Nulato says he was just a young boy when he started playing the fiddle. He listened to the older musicians in his village play Hank Williams and other country western music, as well as the Scottish Isle music. Esmailka, a traditionalist, is disheartened at the change in the festival, and isn’t interested the newer music. “I used to play guitar, but since there started to be rock and roll, I cut it off,” says Esmailka. He laments the loss of so many of the older fiddle players, “They’re all gone now and I’m left alone.” Other musicians at embrace the evolution of festival. Louis Demoski 71, of Galena says, “We’ve got to change our music, a lot of the old time musicians are gone, and rock and roll and country rock, it’s going to be the next generation.”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)
Scott Jensen
The holiday season kicked off Friday night in Anchorage with hundreds of kids and grownups gathering in Town Square Park for the lighting of the Christmas tree.  
Check out some of the action at the GCI Great Alaska Shootout on Friday at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Shady Grove Oliver | The Arctic Sounder
We head out of Kotzebue by snowmachine. It’s not too cold out, but cold enough that the ice is thick beneath our treads. We’re traveling out to check Darin Nelson and his father, Louis Sr.’s, nets on Kobuk Lake and he’s picked a good time to go. It’s a clear, calm window between two winter storm fronts that bring lots of powder and high winds.
Stephanie McCrummen and LInda Davidson | Washington Post
The buses are coming. No one knows when, how many, or exactly who will be in them, only that they are coming -- buses filled with refugees who began their journeys thousands of miles away and will arrive any day now at their final destination, this remote town in the piney forest of eastern Finland.
Bob Hallinen
UAA lost a close game to Middle Tennessee 75-72 and UNC Asheville defeated Drexel in first-round games of the 2015 GCI Great Alaska Shootout on Thursday.
Scott Jensen
The scenes that played out on Thanksgiving Day in an East Anchorage home involved friends who had become family in a city that attracts thousands of new residents from out-of-state each year. Many have dubbed the tradition of bringing together friends for Thanksgiving as “Friendsgiving.”
Scott Jensen
Thanksgiving Day brought costumed runners out to the Skinny Raven Turkey Trot on November 26, 2015. The 5K and 3K races started and finished inside the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center in downtown Anchorage.
Alaska Dispatch News
Check out some of the action at the Great Alaska Shootout on Wednesday at the Alaska Airlines Center.