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When 22-year-old Hailey Driver moved to Girdwood four years ago, she brought her snowboard, intending to sharpen her skills on frozen water. But this summer she discovered surfing on the Turnagain Arm bore tide, and her enthusiasm for riding liquid water has never waned.“At the beginning of last summer, I fell in love with paddleboarding on flat water -- something about there being no boat walls and you can look straight into the water. I brought my first paddleboard ... but flat water was getting a little boring.” Before long, “I spent pretty much all my money on getting the right gear, because the board I started out on was not meant to be a surfboard and I don’t own any neoprene,” Driver said. That wasn’t cheap. In addition to a top-of-the-line 10-foot-6-inch board, she needed a board bag, paddle, wetsuit, and a rack for her car. “I wanted it all,” she said.Come winter, the wetsuit didn’t feel quite warm or thick enough, so she got a thicker suit “because I knew I wasn’t about to stop surfing. I’m going to keep going until there is too much ice in the Arm.”Driver’s board comes from Hypr Nalu Surf and Stand Up Paddle Boards in Hawaii, and she was so happy with the company’s service that she made two videos for them. “I never thought it would blow up,” she said.Hailey's videos have been featured by numerous news outlets including CNN and Fox News online.  Her pastime has become her passion.  Since Driver caught her first wave, “I’ve been back nearly every tide since.” When Driver isn't surfing, she manages to stay near the water by working at The Hotel Alyeska's pool.Driver is one of many daring locals taking on the bore tide, be it by kayak or surfboard.
Doyle Woody
The UAA hockey team falls 1-0 to Northern Michigan on Friday night at Sullivan Arena. 
Bob Hallinen
The hatchery on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was built in 1958 by the U.S. Army to provide fish for the post lakes. On Friday, it was decommissioned after the last fish left, released into Little Campbell Lake.
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Scientists Solve Mystery Of West Coast Starfish Die-Off

New evidence suggests that the wasting disease that has killed off millions of starfish from California to Alaska has been caused by a virus found in sea stars since the 1940s. It's unclear if the illness is part of a natural cycle or if other causes are to blame, but the disease is still spreading.Read more: Amid symptoms of starfish die-off, researchers look for a cause
Megan Edge


Three orphaned Galena black bears cubs spent their last day at Alaska Zoo freely frolicking around the bear cub exhibit in the public eye -- a place the triplets had previously been forbidden to go as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game determined their fate.Thursday, Fish and Game spokesperson Ken Marsh confirmed the triplets would be heading to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colo., Thursday night.A relieved Marsh skipped a "hello" in a phone call about the bears, instead going straight to the news: The first words out of his mouth were simply, "Those lucky little guys finally have a home."During an interview with Marsh at the beginning of November, he said it was still possible that the bears could be euthanized if the plans with the Outside facility fell through.The plans were not finalized until Thursday morning.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos.
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Barrow High School | Underdogs Season 3 Episode 1 | Sports Illustrated

The Barrow High School Whalers were featured recently in a Sports Illustrated production production of “Underdogs: Inspiring Stories in High School Football.”The 13-minute film showcases the obstacles the Barrow High School football overcomes to field the country’s only high school football team in the Arctic Circle and centers around the Whalers’ regular season finale against Eielson.Read more: Barrow football program featured in Sports Illustrated video
The UAA women smother Christian Brothers University 88-43 on Thursday evening, Nov. 20, 2014, at the Alaska Airlines Center. 
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Pulse Dance Company will host its annual season fundraiser in French this weekend with a theme of Moulin Rouge-inspired burlesque. Pulse is known for its innovative approach to modern dance in Anchorage.  The group's previous burlesque pieces have displayed its ability to push the genre and flex dancers' muscles.Pulse Dance Company will showcase "Moulin Rouge Burlesque" at Chilkoot Charlie’s on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 14-15 and Nov. 21-22. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8. Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets.
Bill Roth


Specialist Zachary Chvala of A/3-509th fires an M-4 rifle while competing in the U.S. Army Alaska Marksmanship Competition at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  Read more: U.S. Army Alaska Marksmanship Competition Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Bill Roth at broth(at)
U.S. Army Alaska and the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, hosted a three-day small-arms marksmanship competition at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson that ended with a Combined Arms event on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  Military competitors from across the state fired rifles and pistols during the event, held to select teams to represent Alaska at the U.S. Army Small Arms Championship in February at Fort Benning, Ga.  Competitors also had the opportunity to earn the Army's Excellence in Competition badge and gain points toward becoming a Distinguished Marksman.
Tara Young


It was naptime for Izzy and Oreo as the Alaska Zoo’s brown bears (approximately 700 pounds each) were sedated as part of a University of Alaska Anchorage study about the eating habits of bears.Alaska Zoo veterinarian Riley Wilson, his assistant and daughter Calista, curator Shannon Jenson, and UAA research scientist Matt Rogers gathered blood and hair samples from the two bears for the study.By getting a baseline of the bears in captivity, biologists can compare data with information gathering from the wild and learn more about the dietary habits of brown bears.Watch 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)