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Loren Holmes
Just a few of the nearly 70 food vendors at the fair this year build their menus around locally grown, fresh produce despite the Matanuska Valley’s New Deal farm colony roots and a two-year Alaska Grown campaign to get more veggies from nearby fields and other local products into food booths. 
Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska U.S. Senate candidates Begich, Sullivan debate at UAA

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich faced his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, for the first time Wednesday evening in a debate in Anchorage, with the two candidates drawing sharp distinctions between their visions of the state’s future and its path over the nearly six years since Begich was elected.The contrast was stark, with Begich seeking voters’ support for another term in Washington, D.C., where he said he’d worked with other lawmakers to push forward pragmatic solutions to challenges like health care costs, the nation’s immigration crisis, and its slow economic recovery from the 2008 recession.Begich’s attitude was perhaps best summarized by remarks in his closing statement.“I want to talk about what’s possible,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m going to sit down with people, listen to folks, try to find that common thread that binds us.”Sullivan, meanwhile, laid out a more pessimistic view, saying people in Alaska were losing hope and that Begich had failed to reverse what Sullivan described as an unsustainable path for nation. Voters should choose him, Sullivan added, because “we’re running out of time.”Read more: Sharp debate between Sullivan, Begich kicks off general election campaign
Mara Severin
Eating at the fair is all about strategy. You need a plan if you intend to eat well from each of the fair’s main food groups (carbs, food on a stick, deep-fried and the extremely important powdered-sugar group).
Tara Young
From livestock to live music, giant veggies to jousting, everyone finds something to enjoy at the Alaska State Fair -- as long as they're willing to brave the wet weather.Read more: Dinosaurs? Pork chops? Volunteers help fairgoers find the wayFrom giant cabbage to cheap tickets: tips for navigating the Alaska State FairPhotos: The 2014 Alaska State FairWatch 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)
Marc Lester
Despite national trends, Anchorage malls are faring well.
Bob Hallinen
The Maniilaq Association is working to serve Alaska Native foods in their elder care facility in Kotzebue, Alaska.
Ben Yeager | Cordova Times
For decades, Jim Aguiar has worked in Alaska's seafood business, and now owns the Eagle Shellfish oyster farm in Simpson Bay on Prince William Sound. He faces numerous difficulties related to the industry, but works hard to streamline his operations.
The Bartlett High Golden Bears take on the East High Thunderbirds in Flag Football action at Bartlett High School on Saturday, August 23, 2014.
Alaska Dispatch News
Says photographer Chris Burkard: "Part of why I love traveling to these remote destinations is it puts nature as the star of the images and the surfers as just small objects within the beauty that surrounds them."
Marc Lester
The Alaska State Fair Rodeo got underway Saturday with a record field of 90 cowboys and cowgirls, who will compete in two days of roping, riding and racing at the Palmer fairgrounds.
Tara Young

Berry-picking season is upon us, in all parts of Alaska. From Arctic Valley to Nome, from the Kenai Peninsula to the mossy tundra of the Denali Highway, wild blueberries are in full fruit. These berries are easy to pick and incredibly good for you. Antioxidants, substances that help prevent the damaging effects of oxidation on cells throughout your body, are plentiful in Alaskan wild blueberries. So eat many and eat often! 
Bob Hallinen
The Kotzebue commercial chum salmon fishery is shaping up to be one of the best in the 53-year history of the fishery.