Marc Lester

2016 Denali Doubles sled dog race begins

Seventeen teams began the Denali Doubles sled dog race on February 5, 2016. The race, founded and organized by four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King, uses a unique format. Teams must consist of two mushers and can use up to 20 dogs. The race follows the Denali Highway for 226 miles, starting and ending in CantwellAmong King's rules: No whining.The teams must consist of one veteran and one novice musher, which on Thursday gave those experienced in competitive dog mushing a chance for a long ride with a boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, parent, sponsor, friend, handler or, in at least once case, a last-minute stranger.Read the story: Denali Doubles: Where Iditarod veterans play by Jeff King's rules
Bob Hallinen
Nathaniel Herz
Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards said Friday that the state was launching a new push to prosecute former Veco chief Bill Allen for sex crimes. But a hurdle remains in the form of the U.S. Department of Justice, which would have to sign off for Richards’ office to prosecute Allen under an updated 1910 federal sex trafficking law called the Mann Act.
Tara Young,Tegan Hanlon
Mike Dunham
Alaska Dance Theatre's production of "Winter's Dance" is a collaboration with Pamyua. Jan. 31, 2016.
Bob Hallinen
The East High Thunderbirds take on the Lathrop Malamutes in the Dimond Lady Lynx Shootout, at Dimond High in south Anchorage on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2106. The four-day tournament features high school basketball team from through out the state. 
Marc Lester
The Ultimate Frisbee Friends, a Ski for Women team known for their elaborate, colorful costumes, gathered to patch up and organize some of the outfits they’ve worn over the last decade. For this year’s race, the group plans a retrospective collection.
Alaska Dispatch News
The best photos from Alaska Dispatch News photographers and contributors from February 2016.
Laurel Andrews
A lawsuit by the Republican-led Alaska Legislature to halt Gov. Bill Walker’s Medicaid expansion inched forward Thursday morning, Feb. 4, 2016, as both sides made their cases in Superior Court, with the judge telling them not to expect a decision until the end of March. 
Alaska Dispatch News

Runup to race time - musher intro 1

The 33rd annual Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race begins Saturday in Fairbanks. Twenty-three mushers will race to Whitehorse, Yukon.The Yukon Quest Trail follows the historic Gold Rush and dog sled routes used for delivering mail before there was an Alaska road system. Each year the race start switches between Fairbanks and Whitehorse.The race has a reputation of being even more treacherous than the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. This video and its sequel are a quick introduction to this year's competitors.
Alaska Dispatch News
Eagle River beat South 2-1 in triple-overtime to clinch a berth in the state tournament on Tuesday at Ben Boeke Arena.
Loren Holmes
Prospective parents, alumni and neighbors took advantage of the first day of the Anchorage School District's Visit Our Schools Month on Tuesday.