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Marc Lester
Nine students from Clark Middle School and Alaska Native Cultural Charter School met for the Yup’ik Spelling Bee, held in the Clark library on Friday, March 27, 2015.
Loren Holmes
While the weather in Southcentral Alaska has been unseasonably mild this spring, conditions aren’t quite right yet for outdoor track and field events.
Tara Young

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On a rainy March morning, a lone paddleboarder rode a bore tide along Turnagain Arm in Southcentral Alaska. Leif Ramos had the wave to himself as he rode 45 minutes from just past Bird Point to Girdwood.The bore tide is a natural phenomenon that occurs in narrow channels when the leading edge of an incoming tide collides with the flow of an outgoing tide, causing a wave. Bore tides can be seen in relatively few places in the world, but Turnagain Arm, which runs from Anchorage for about 40 miles to the southeast, is one of the best spots to witness this spectacle.The Alaska Public Lands Information Center has recommendations for the best places and times to typically spot the bore tide.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to send in your video submissions to Alaska Dispatch News. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Jerzy Shedlock
A married couple entered guilty pleas on Friday in Anchorage to sex trafficking charges stemming from an investigation that found they ran a prostitution ring in cities across Alaska. Amber Batts faces 10 years in prison.
Bob Hallinen
Scott and Mardie Robb transplant dianthus flowers, which they started from seed at their Colony Greenhouse in Palmer, Alaska, on Tuesday, March 24. The greenhouse will be open to the public on April 1 hanging baskets and flats of flowers and vegetables for sale. 
Marc Lester
Lead:North, an Institute of the North leadership program for young professionals, hosted a “speed dating” event Anchorage mayoral candidates at Snow Goose Restaurant on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Seven candidates participated.
Loren Holmes
Rogers Park Elementary School celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday with former principal and current Anchorage School District superintendent Ed Graff and many current and former students.
Marc Lester
The exhibit "Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage" opens March 27, 2015, at the Anchorage Museum.
Erik Hill
Twenty-three new officers are recognized at an Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Wendy Williamson Auditorium at UAA. 
Erik Hill
The Postcards of Hope exhibition opened this week at Pacific Northern Academy. The display features postcards created for the academy by Syrian and Iraqi children living in a refugee camp in Lebanon. 
Alaska Dispatch News
A wheelchair-accessible van decorated by his classmates was delivered to the home of West High freshman Aron Fa'afetai on Tuesday -- the second time this year the Ford Windstar has been donated to an Alaska family facing extreme challenges.  
Alaska Dispatch News

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The bore tide is a natural phenomenon that occurs in narrow channels when the leading edge of an incoming tide clashes with the flow of an outgoing tide, colliding and causing a wave. Bore tides can be seen in relatively few places in the world, but Turnagain Arm, to the south of Anchorage, is one of the best spots to witness this spectacle.Alex Ede captured this video footage of paddleboarders riding a wave at a speedy 7 mph on March 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. along Turnagain Arm near Girdwood. Ede dreams of one day riding the tidal bore, where legend has it that paddleboarders are able to ride up to 40 minutes, all the way from Bird Point to Portage.The Alaska Public Lands Information Center has recommendations for the best places and times to typically spot the bore tide.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to send in your video submissions to Alaska Dispatch News. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.

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