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Alaska Paddle Boarder - Beluga Point

Freelance photographer Leif Ramos frequents Turnagain Arm every chance he gets when the weather is right, even if paddle boarding in winter is often a solo endeavor."I think it's growing in popularity, but I still I find myself alone a lot, especially in November, December, January and February," says Ramos.Video Dads, Travis Gilmour and Slavik Boyechko captured Ramos in action recently near Beluga Point in Turnagain Arm.Read more: Paddleboarding takes off in Southcentral Alaska
Bob Hallinen
The small independent bookstore Fireside Books is quiet on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, just before closing. Best-selling author James Patterson gave Fireside Books in Palmer $7,500 this week -- no strings attached. Owner David Cheezem says he will use the money to promote Alaska authors. 
Bob Hallinen
It is just a short trip from Port MacKenzie in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to downtown Anchorage. The ferry terminal built to accommodate passengers at Port MacKenzie sits mostly empty on the dock. The 195-foot twin-hulled vessel -- billed as the world’s only icebreaking catamaran, built by the Office of Naval Research  as a beach-landing prototype and then handed it over to the Mat-Su to start ferry service in Cook Inlet was supposed to provide vehicle and passenger service crossing Knik Arm. The ferry is docked in southeast Alaska and is not likely to ever see service on Knik Arm.  
Loren Holmes
National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine a plane crash near an airstrip on Sunset Avenue, off Knik-Goose Bay Road near Wasilla, on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. 
George Nix, a Haida Indian from the Southeast Alaska village of Howkan, was Alaska's first NFL player, suiting up for the Buffalo Rangers in the 1920s.
Marc Lester
Arctic Valley Ski Area opened for the first time this season on Saturday morning, Jan. 31, 2015.
The Cook Inlet Conference wrestling championships take place January 30-31, 2015, at Chugiak High School. 
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The Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and the Anchorage Museum hosted a workshop on gut sewing  Jan. 24-25 at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel.
Marc Lester
Captain Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, spoke to students at the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program’s 20th anniversary celebration on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at UAA.
Students at Academy Charter School in Palmer got a visit from a U.S. Coast Guard HH-60T Jayhawk crew from Air Station Kodiak on Thursday.
Prep girls hockey players from Anchorage and Fairbanks face off in a state tournament beginning Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage. 
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For four consecutive days this week, people in Anchorage woke up to news of a local shooting resulting in death or injury. At a press conference Thursday, police chief Mark Mew said the jump in violence appears to be drug-related and announced the department is creating a temporary task force in an effort to suppress those crimes.