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.
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Check out some of the action at the Great Alaska Shootout on Wednesday at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Bob Hallinen
Rehearsal for the production of the  “Alaska Nutcracker” is held at the Glenn Massay Theater at the Mat-Su Community College in the Valley on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.
Loren Holmes
Wednesday at Polaris K-12 school, students were divided into the haves and the have-nots. Drawing a card at random, each participant in the "hunger banquet" was assigned an identity, such as a poor farmer from Sierra Leone or the affluent mayor of a Peruvian town.
High winds and a 31-foot tide Tuesday demolished most of the "100Stone" installation by artist Sarah Davies, set in place at Point Woronzof in Anchorage on Saturday.
Scott Jensen,Bob Hallinen

Life-sized statues invade the waters of Cook Inlet

Volunteers shrugged off 7 inches of new snow and a stiff wind that made near-whiteout conditions on Point Woronzof Road to set up a sprawling outdoor art installation titled “100Stone.”At 9 a.m. Saturday, three dozen people were busy with shovels and snowblowers clearing a path to the beach below the Point Woronzof Park parking lot, adjusting rebar stakes and setting up tripod hoists to lift dozens of human statues into position along the shore of Cook Inlet.Conceived by Anchorage artist Sarah Davies, “100Stone” uses forms taken from body casts of people affected by mental illness over the past two years. Davies, who has suffered from acute depression herself, said she hoped the installation would lead viewers to a realization of how many people struggle with various forms of mental illness and perhaps provide a sense of release from the loneliness that sufferers often feel.Read more: 100Stone outdoor art installation at Point Woronzof addresses depression and mental illness