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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.
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Lofoten is a traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. At 68 degrees north latitude, above the Arctic Circle, Lofoten is known for its majestic landscapes. Filmmaker Jordan Whipps went there in March expecting to shoot green-covered mountains but instead found himself shooting snowy scenics and spectacular auroras.
Marc Lester

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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.“Of the four homicides, all of them are connected to marijuana, as well as other drugs,” Mew said. “Something’s going on in the drug world right now.”The task force will consist of 10 to 15 officers pulled from three special units. The officers will be reassigned “for a week or two,” he said, “shaking down everything that moves on the street” and “serving warrants like crazy.”Mew also said the police department has contacted federal law enforcement in the hope of conducting a combined crack down. It would be similar to the FBI’s Safe Streets Violent Crime Initiative in 2007, when groups of field officers focused on gang violence and violent crimes.Some of the shootings appear to involve gangs, Mew said.Read more: Anchorage police creating task force in wake of drug-related shootingsRead more: APD: Man dead in East Anchorage shooting early Thursday morningWatch this video on YouTube, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos.
Doyle Woody
The Alaska Aces defeated the Colorado Eagles 5-4 on Wednesday night at Sullivan Arena.
Marc Lester
More than 50 agencies and organizations and about 150 volunteers gathered at the Menard Center in Wasilla to contribute to the Mat-Su Valley Homeless Connect event held Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.
Colleen Mondor

B-25J Sandbar Mitchell Center Section Disassembly Time-lapse

The Warbirds of Glory Museum has released a video showing its progress on the restoration of a B-25 bomber that crashed in 1969 while operating for the fire service, but which was recovered in 2013 near the Tanana River and has become known as the "Sandbar Mitchell." Museum founders Patrick Mihalek and Todd Trainor spearheaded efforts to remove the plane from the its remote location and have since been working with a group of volunteers to restore it in their shop in Brighton, Mich.While the video highlights some of the hands-on work accomplished since the aircraft was transported to the Lower 48, Mihalek stressed in a recent phone conversation that even more significantly, the museum now has tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) public charity. That means donations are tax-deductible, which he hopes will spur contributors to help fund their efforts."Our biggest challenge is fundraising," explains Mihalek, "which is crucial because our current location can not accommodate the rebuild of a B-25 and we will have to relocate the museum soon."There is a larger airport nearby that will suit the aircraft's space requirements both for the current rebuild and future flight. It will also allow the museum to be open to the public throughout the restoration process, which is a significant part of Mihalek's vision. Though they are currently also working on a recently donated World War II Link Trainer for display, there isn't adequate room to allow many visitors. The museum needs a solid endowment to finance the transition to a fully open and working facility that highlights the bomber, which will soon be undergoing the first steps to return it to its original condition."Our next job is to rebuild the top section," said Mihalek. He believes the original section was removed by scavengers sometime in the 1990s and his frustration over the damage done by this removal is palpable."If they had only cut it a little higher we wouldn't have the problems we have now putting the new section in place," he said. The new section comes from another B-25, but some metal fabrication will have to be done to bring the two parts together. Because the museum is determined to bring the Sandbar Mitchell back to airworthy status, that fabrication, like every other facet of the restoration, won't be cheap."The project has taken off in ways I never dreamed of," said Mihalek, whose plans for the Mitchell and the museum to showcase it stretch back more than 10 years. "So many young people have become involved and are such a valuable part of what we are trying to do here. It's amazing."All of those young people came to the museum after finding about it on their own, and have proven critical to the disassembly process, he said. Of the 14 volunteers in the video, 10 are under the age of 20, a fact that is especially impressive in the midst of so many doomsayer articles from the aviation industry about the aging population of pilots and mechanics."We just want to keep working on the plane and the museum and have this project be as open to the public as possible," Mihalek said. "There are only about twenty B-25s flying in the U.S. today; the Sandbar Mitchell is an important part of Alaska and aviation history and we look forward in continuing to get it back in the air."Keep up with the Warbirds of Glory Museum's efforts to fly the Sandbar Mitchell again at its website. Patrick Mihalek is also happy to speak with anyone about the project and their efforts to save this legendary aircraft.Contact Colleen Mondor at colleen[at]alaskadispatch.com.
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Though many Alaskans -- either knowingly or unknowingly -- live within close proximity of moose, only some have ever actually heard a moose call.Karen Wilken with HooDoo Brewing Company in Fairbanks has, after she found three moose feeding in her yard this past week. One was calling out loudly to the others, maybe chatting about the 40-below-zero temperatures. 

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