Bob Hallinen
Yup'ik native artists Steven and Christine Stone combine grass basket weaving, gut parka sewing and ivory and whalebone carving to create baskets, dolls and other works of art in their Hooper Bay, Alaska. ​
Marc Lester


As the leaders approached the finish in Nome, the 2014 Iditarod seemed like a done deal for most fans following the Last Great Race.When bedtime rolled around on March 10, 2014, Jeff King was well on his way to Nome, having left White Mountain that afternoon with an hour lead over his nearest competitor, then-two-time runner-up Aliy Zirkle. King's win seemed certain; most fans thought their only decision was whether to get out of bed and watch King claim a record-tying fifth victory on live television. Rarely have the Iditarod leaderboards been overhauled so late in the 1,000-mile ultramarathon.But a late check of the GPS position indicators hinted at the drama beginning to unfold. King’s blip stopped moving west. Second-place Zirkle inched closer, and passed King near the Safety checkpoint, about 20 miles from the finish line. Then, in Safety, Zirkle also appeared to stop moving. And as the night wore on, Dallas Seavey seemed to be closing the gap on two mushers who seemed out of range just hours ago. Could this be accurate? What was happening in the darkness on the Norton Sound coast?A year later, Alaska Dispatch News sat down with King and Seavey to hear a compelling tale of how the events of that day transpired. Two of the sport’s most accomplished mushers recount how plans unraveled and priorities changed when fierce winds threatened their very survival. In gripping detail, King describes how he made difficult decisions in an effort to do right by his dog team, ending his race entirely, heartbreakingly close to victory. Seavey explains how it’s possible he could’ve charged hard to the finish through a cheering crowd while having no clue he was about to win his second Iditarod in three years.Aliy Zirkle declined to participate for this video, saying that she preferred to look forward to the 2015 race rather than look back at the past.Relive the historic finish of Iditarod 2014 though video interviews with mushers who experienced it firsthand.Iditarod 2015: Full coverage of the Last Great Race
Tara Young


Avid aurora chaser and photographer Ronn Murray proclaimed March 1 "one of the best nights of aurora this winter," and for good reason. This time-lapse of the northern lights was captured from a hill 45 minutes away from Fairbanks.Watch 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
The 2015 Peninsula Conference basketball tournament got under way Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Lumen Christi High School in Anchorage. 
Loren Holmes
Vet checks are an annual ritual for every four-legged athlete in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Tara Young


Excalibur Sports co-owner Phil Robertson has been collecting Fur Rendezvous pins since he was a kid, but he started collecting more seriously in 1985.He has hundreds of pins and other pieces of Fur Rondy memorabilia in his collection, and is still avidly collecting. He says he longs for Rondy's heyday, when Anchorage shut down and families gathered for the dog races and fur auctions. And a self proclaimed "teary-eyed people person," Robertson dreams of a day when Rondy means as much to a younger generation as it does to the old.Collecting Rondy pins is his way of preserving a little bit of Alaskana history.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)
The Military Society of Model Railroad Engineers is showing some of its members' trains at the Alaska Railroad Depot to coincide with Fur Rendezvous events. 
Michelle Theriault Boots


Just as workers were opening the doors to clients at a downtown Anchorage church food bank on Feb. 2, the building's pipes burst. The resulting damage took a month and tens of thousands of dollars to repair, including replacing walls. On Tuesday, New Hope on the Last Frontier opened to the 250 people it serves each week for the first time since the flood. The cleanup was accomplished using donations from individuals and businesses, including a local Home Depot, organizers said. While the food bank was closed, some clients called crying or stopped by to ask where else they could pick up food, said executive director Adam Ziegler. "It was tough," he said. "People rely on us." New Hope on the Last Frontier used to be a Nazarene church with a congregation active since 1949, said Ziegler. But when church service attendance dwindled, the church evolved, focusing its efforts on running the food bank rather than holding traditional Sunday worship services, he said. Today, the food bank prides itself on offering fresh produce, frozen meat and a dairy product for every visitor. 
Erik Hill
The Cook Inlet Conference basketball tournament runs Monday, March 2, 2015, through Saturday, March 7, at West High School. 
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The Alaska Cello Intensive, a Fairbanks-based arts group, had a little fun with the city's icy roads recently.Ice skating along, with cellos on their backs, kids made their way around town and even played a little pickup hockey.The Alaska Cello Intensive is a series of workshops for teens and preteens that bring music and the outdoors together.This isn’t their first quirky Alaska-themed video. Last spring they released a video showing kids playing a concert in a snowy field, with blocks of ice as seats.
Olive is growing up in Anchorage but she’s a daughter of the Tongass -- that fortress of towering spruce, cedar and hemlock, a rainforest that blankets the Southeast panhandle. She’s Tsimshian, a member of one of three Alaska tribes that have inhabited the place for thousands of years.
Michelle Theriault Boots


Every year at the Fur Rendezvous Hide and Horn auction in Anchorage, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game auctions items confiscated from hunters, recovered from road kills or taken in defense of life and property.SEE PHOTOS: Rondy Hide and Horn Auction