Day one of the 2015 GCI Great Alaska Shootout at the Alaska Airlines Center on Nov. 24.
Bob Hallinen
Anchorage awoke to seven inches of new snow on Saturday and a stiff wind created near-whiteout conditions at the north curve of Point Woronzof Drive. But that didn’t stop volunteers from arriving before dawn to set up a sprawling art installation titled “100Stone.” By 9 a.m. more than three dozen people were busy with shovels and snowblowers clearing a path to the beach below the Point Woronzof Park parking lot, adjusting rebar stakes and setting up tripod hoists to lift dozens of human statues into position on the shore of Cook Inlet.Conceived by Anchorage artist Sarah Davies, “100Stone” uses forms taken from body casts of people affected by mental illness over the past year. Davies, who has suffered from acute depression herself, said she hoped the installation would lead to a realization of how many people struggle with various forms of mental illness and perhaps provide a sense of release from the isolation that they feel.
Erik Hill
President Barack Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bonnie Carroll, president of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday. 
Anchorage destist Chad Trammell earlier this month became the World’s Toughest Mudder, a title he earned at a 24-hour endurance obstacle race held outside Las Vegas on Nov. 14-15.
Laurel Andrews,Loren Holmes
The Marijuana Control Board voted to allow consumption of marijuana at retail stores, which, if approved by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, would make Alaska the first state to permit a regulated area for marijuana consumption outside of a person’s home or other private spaces.
The Food Bank of Alaska in partnership with the faith-based community distributed all the fixings including turkeys for about 8,000 families to help prepare a Thanksgiving meal during the annual Thanksgiving Blessing. The event was held at five sites in the Anchorage area and one in Eagle River on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.  Mountain View Community Center site coordinator Eileen Starr said she believes "the purpose of the event is to bless people during Thanksgiving."  
Tara Young

UAA Seawolves women's volleyball team has record turnout for games

The Seawolves swept Western Oregon in three sets to win the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title, extend their winning streak to 11 matches and make Senior Night a triumphant one. Next up -- hosting the West Region playoffs.UAA has seen record turnout for the Seawolves matches in recent weeks by averaging more than 1,300 attendees per night -- tops in the nation for Division II volleyball.Travis Fuller, manager of fan experience and community engagement says that the large crowds have added to the energy of the games. "To see all of the energy and see people having a great time, and going crazy for our volleyball team has just been a great experience," according to Fuller.Read more: UAA volleyball team celebrates Senior Night with a win, and a proposalRead more: Seawolves will host West Region volleyball tournamentWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at) 
Erik Hill
A cow moose and her twin calves wander Turnagain on Thursday, October 22, 2015, in West Anchorage. 
Scott Jensen

One man's positive outlook after spending years in prison

Having served nearly two decades behind bars, Marvin Simpson said he is ready for serious life changes. At 44, he believes returning to a criminal life “on the streets” is out of the question.“There’s a saying I heard: ‘The streets ain’t made for everybody. That’s why they make sidewalks.’ I’m on the sidewalk now. I bypass the streets,” Simpson said. “On the sidewalk I’m safe, but once I venture off that curb into the streets, that’s when it gets all bad for me. It’s like I’m brainwashing myself. I’m not, but I killed that old ‘Messy Marvin.’ That’s what they used to call me. I’m Marvin Simpson. Messy Marvin is dead and gone and he’s never coming back.”Simpson moved to Alaska at 17 with his sister, her husband and their children. Things went well for a while. He got good jobs, he said.He was 21 when he was first arrested for a serious crime, brandishing a gun. He spent time in prison for felony assault. Then he moved in and out of prison in the following years for probation violations and got a longer sentence for running from the police.Once released, he settled in Anchorage and was doing well for a while. Then he started selling cocaine. In 2005, he was pulled over on the Old Seward Highway. He threw a bag of cocaine out the window. The bag was retrieved, which started an investigation ending in a 10-year sentence.“The federal sentence woke me up. I was going to federal prison, where you deal with real-time criminals from drug dealers to white-collar guys,” he said.READ MORE: Federal offenders find new hope at Alaska re-entry court
Jill Burke
Just because it's winter in Alaska doesn't mean you have to stay cooped up indoors. Here are four fun, family-friendly projects that help you embrace the cold.
Scott Jensen
After four months of unconventional court proceedings, Marvin Simpson says the more stringent but personal tone of an experimental federal court for former prisoners has kept him grounded and focused on what’s most important.
Marc Lester

Standout student dancer uses prosthetic leg

When she was in eighth grade, Taylor Haines had the moxie to try out for the East Anchorage High School dance company. That meant an audition in front of a crowded studio of 60 or 70 older dancers, a big deal for a middle schooler.Her dance teacher, Ariel Graham, remembers the day.What stood out was not the girl’s prosthetic leg, but her confidence.Read more: East High student dances past her differences