Shelby Lum


Visitors wandered up to giant chunks of ice sitting outside of the Anchorage Museum on Sunday Aug. 30, 2015, and were able to touch pieces of a glacier. On the lawn, there were samples of food and free music performances that were part of a celebration in collaboration with GLACIER, a conference that focuses on the issues in the Arctic and takes place in Anchorage this week. 
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It’s official: Denali is now the mountain formerly known as Mt. McKinley.
Bob Hallinen
On Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 kayakers, packrafters and a rafting class from the University of Alaska Anchorage paddle down the Portage River after launch their watercraft from the outlet of Portage Lake with the Chugach and Kenai Mountains behind them.
Loren Holmes,Lisa Demer


NEWTOK – The only way to reach the village of Newtok from the airstrip is across an old wooden boardwalk so crooked and broken that a person on foot risks falling between gaps in planks into the marsh below.The school principal hauls his own honey bucket. An aide at the health clinic lives with four others in a one-room home where duct tape patches cracks between walls. Homes tilt at crazy angles after years of sinking unevenly into thawing permafrost.While new houses and modern water and sewer systems lift up lives in some rural communities, government agencies as of late see little reason to invest in eroding villages that everyone is preparing to leave behind.This isolated Southwest Alaska community is disappearing as the land sinks, sea levels rise and the bordering Ninglick River gobbles up an average of one-fourth of a football field a year.“My house used to be down there by the pond, and they had to drag it up here,” said Elsie Stewart, 49, standing on the front steps of her home, moved a few years back after a flood. The hide of a musk ox hunted by her brother lay drying outside. She knits the fine yarn spun from qiviut, the down, into scarves and smokerings, or nachaqs, as part of the Anchorage-based Ooomingmak cooperative.With severe erosion and flooding in Newtok, Stewart is unsure the place she was born and raised will be there for her own children.But Newtok doesn’t intend to lose itself to the creep of climate change. Of more than two dozen threatened Alaska villages, Newtok is the one farthest along in efforts to relocate to new, higher ground.Read more: Newtok not waiting: Disintegrating Alaska village stages move to new siteSee more: Slideshow: Newtok not waiting: Disintegrating Alaska village stages move to new siteWatch this video on YouTube or Vimeo, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more.
Loren Holmes,Lisa Demer
Newtok doesn’t intend to lose itself to the creep of climate change. Of more than two dozen threatened Alaska villages, Newtok is the one farthest along in efforts to relocate to new, higher ground.
Shelby Lum
The high school cross-country running season got off to a fast start Saturday on the Bartlett trails.
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Ten-year-old Sophia Martin, who performs under the name The Girl From the North Country, was born in Valdez but lives in Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island.Sophia has been writing and performing songs on the island since she was seven. Creating the music video for the original song "Stubborn Girl" was a family affair. Martin's mother Katie is featured on guitar and her father Isaac plays mandolin, while her two little sisters and little brother play on the beach nearby. Martin wrote the song on the piano one rainy afternoon with Katie by her side.Martin’s biggest performance to date was at the Alaska Folk Festival this past April in Juneau. She is an avid outdoors girl who shot her first deer at age nine and caught her first salmon unassisted when she was eight. Currently she is off on her first moose hunt. For more information about the Martin family and their lives in Thorne Bay, visit their blog, Steal Away North.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News, contact Tara Young at tara(at)
Scott Jensen


They’re back for an encore performance. In their second year at the Alaska State Fair, the Knights of Valour storm the Ram Trucks Grandstand at 6 p.m. every day at the fair. Adults get in for $15. Kids entry is $10. This troupe of 18 are in the middle of a three-month tour that takes them all over the United States and Canada. The show begins with a half-dozen knights from the United States and Canada, in full-metal regalia (minus their helmets and shields), riding horses through an obstacle course demonstrating their technical abilities to pick up small rings with the butt-end of a spear. Then they throw the spear at a target, slice apples off the top of poles with sword, and finally grab an 11-foot lance and give the quintaine a whirl. All this tests agility, speed and power.Next, the main event begins. The knights don helmets, pick up shields and put armor to the test. Fans are treated to run after run of horse and knight hurtled at one other. The object is to use the lance to land a perfect strike against the opponent’s shield. The show promoter insists this is all real. Watch the video for more.Alaska State Fair picks: Jousting, lumberjacks and a parade to kick it all off
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Dimond hosted West in week 3 of Cook Inlet Conference football Friday.
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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


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)