Megan Edge,Loren Holmes
Golden Bears tailback Ethan Falaniko,a 17-year-old senior, is one of the nation’s top high school football players. According to, which provides unofficial high school sports statistics, he ranks second in the nation in rushing yards with 2,001 in eight games this season.
Marc Lester
Chinook Elementary School honored principal Anita Stevens during a surprise assembly on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.
Mara Severin,Tara Young
The homey service, the good value and the earnest and authentic kitchen give me hope that Agave might stick around and give some competition to the more “canned” Mexican eateries in town.
Scott Jensen


You don't spend decades in the U.S. Senate and four years as Alaska governor and not form strong opinions.Frank Murkowski was a U.S. senator representing Alaska for more than 20 years, and the state's governor from 2002 to 2006. He lost the Republican primary to Sarah Palin in August 2006. After his term ended, he left public life.But Murkowski says he's still connected to Alaska's policymakers and business leaders. He wants to continue contributing ideas. He thinks he can help.Murkowski and his wife, Nancy Murkowski, visited Alaska Dispatch News Oct. 1, 2015, to chat with reporters and others. Murkowski told the group he met with Gov. Bill Walker that morning to discuss, among other things, the state budget crisis, what to do with the Permanent Fund, and Shell's decision to stop exploring for oil in the Chukchi Sea.The conversation has been edited for brevity. 
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Students of Rabbit Creek Elementary School in South Anchorage were bused to South Anchorage High School after a gas line break in the vicinity of the school on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.
Mike Dunham
It had the face of a walrus, swam like a polar bear, was as big as a hippopotamus and sucked its food off the rocks and mud around the Aleutian Islands 23 million years ago.  
Marc Lester
The Furs, Mounts and Skulls collection is part of Alaska Resources Library and Information Services collection inside the Consortium Library at UAA. Mounted birds and fish and the fur and skulls of various mammals are made available library card holders for two-week checkout periods.
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Bears scared away by a 20 pound French Bulldog Part 1

Jules the 20-pound French bulldog proved that her bark was as big as her bite when she recently chased off two bear cubs.Surveillance footage shows two bear cubs wandering outside of a Highland Place home in Monrovia, Calif. when Jules encounters them. The feisty pup chases the cubs until they vacate the premises.Owner David Hernandez told CBSLA, "She blew me away, couldn’t believe that she turned into a Wolverine."To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact the multimedia team at
From Kotzebue to Kenai Fjords, Skagway to Palmer, a selection of photos from Alaska Dispatch News photographers and contributors from October 2015.
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Moose plays with drone

Drone, meet moose; moose, meet drone. Norwegian cameraman Kolborn Holseth Larsson was out shooting wildlife footage with his drone near his home in Norway, when he happened upon a curious moose. Moose can become aggressive when approached, but this particular moose seems docile and inquisitive -- it follows the camera around and even sniffs the bizarre flying object.Don't try to make your own moose-meets-drone video at home, though: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) need to be a safe distance away from wildlife to not stress or harass animals. Drone use is also prohibited in U.S. national parks, per a policy memorandum issued last year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has its own set of rules regarding drone use around marine mammals. In Alaska, the use of drones to aid in hunting is also banned.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact the multimedia team at
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Alaskan Caribou Herd

April Mudrick Fulk captured video of a caribou herd Sept. 29 near the Trinity Christian Center ("the igloo church") in Soldotna during their fall migration.Fulk says, "We usually see this herd every year but normally catch them by Sports Lake Road in Soldotna, not too far up the road in a hay field."This is the first time I've been able to be up close to really observe them. The kids sure were excited to go to school today and share their caribou experience.”Fulk’s children attend K-Beach Elementary, which has caribou as a mascot.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact the multimedia team at photo(at)
Erik Hill


Casey Clark and Courtney Sessum of the University of Alaska Fairbanks collect samples for testing from walrus bones unearthed at the Point Franklin archaeological dig on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at the Barrow Arctic Research Center. They used small saws to remove three samples from each piece to run tests on DNA, stable isotopes and hormone levels. A vacuum system collected dust as they cut. Clark is pursuing a doctorate, and Sessum is an undergraduate student. Read more: Old walrus bones dug up in Alaska's Arctic could shed new light on Point Lay hauloutsWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)