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Pilgrimage to Spruce Island | INDIE ALASKA

Spruce Island near Kodiak is considered by many Orthodox Christians to be one of the holiest sites in North America.The island was home to the hermitage of Herman of Alaska during the early 1800s.Every year, in early August, the Orthodox Church in America celebrates the canonization of St. Herman with a Liturgy, pilgrimage, and banquet.INDIE ALASKA is an original video series produced by Alaska Public Media in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. The weekly series captures the diverse and colorful lifestyles of everyday Alaskans at work and at play. Together, these videos present a fresh and authentic look at living in Alaska.
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Seth Boyer - All Star

Seth Boyer killed it with his latest music video, a melancholy, emotional cover of Smash Mouth’s "All Star." As Boyer’s video caption says on YouTube, “I went back to my hometown of Eagle River, Alaska to play A Very Important Aong.”Boyer, who grew up in Eagle River but now lives in Seattle, needed to come up with something to perform for the Cards Against Humanity comedy show during the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle in late August. He decided to cover the '90s pop hit in way similar to Ryan Adams' cover of "Wonderwall" -- straight, without any sarcasm.The style was fitting for a musician who characterizes his own music as "bummer jams." After he performed the song in Seattle, he knew it needed a video.Boyer recorded the piece with Anchorage filmmaker Josh Lowman at Joy Lutheran Church in Eagle River with the permission of pastor Martin Eldred. It premiered at Open Projector Night in Anchorage on Sept. 26, 2015.Since then, the video had been picked up by USA Today, and ultimately Smash Mouth tweeted about it.Boyer says he “lost his shit” when he saw that the band's tweet and has been in contact with them since.The response Boyer has received has been overwhelming and unexpected, he said, adding he's heard over and over again from people who never thought they'd have an emotional connection to Smash Mouth. “I might have done something right here," Boyer says.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact Tara Young at tara(at)
Scott Jensen


Each Friday afternoon conservator Sarah Owens brings out an object or two from the Anchorage Museum's 26,000-piece back-of-house collection, to a public area for cleaning and restoration. The time is an opportunity for her to visit with museum patrons and educate them about artwork and her profession. Owens says the weekly "Conservator's Corner" gives the public a chance to see artwork up close, not behind glass, and ask questions about materials, science and culture as they pertain to art restoration. "I'm incredibly privileged to be allowed to handle and touch the objects and be close to the objects as part of my day-to-day job," she said.Many of these art pieces go on display for the museum's "Object of the Month." For instance, the paint box that Owens is seen cleaning in this video is October's object of the month. The box has been part of the museum's collection since 1986. It is reported to be Sydney Laurence's wife's paint box that she used in the 1940's.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Scott Jensen at sjensen(at)
Laurel Andrews,Loren Holmes
On the outskirts of this Interior Alaska city, a strange structure rises above the trees: A blue, 16-sided house perched atop a 75-foot crane.
Alaska Dispatch News
The first blanket of snow fell on Anchorage and Eagle River on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. 
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They unveiled the UAA hockey team’s swank new digs at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on Tuesday, and the Brush Christiansen Hockey Center – aptly named for the founder of the Seawolves pucks program – does not lack for amenities.Nor does it lack metaphorical value for a program trying to return to the glories of two seasons ago and cast aside the misery of last season’s 8-22-4 slog, which included last place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and no playoffs.Black leather couches and chairs, replete with cup holders, sit in the lounge area. The room includes a flat screen television, especially handy for video breakdown, and a study area, especially handy for remaining academically eligible.Read more: Swank new digs for UAA hockey, and a team seeking a makeover too
Loren Holmes
On a day when heavy rains wreaked havoc on much of Southcentral Alaska, hundreds of runners braved the weather to participate in the Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series at Bartlett High.
Bill Roth
Several homes in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough were flooded by waters that also covered stretches of two minor roads Tuesday morning, as heavy rains expected to turn to snow later in the day continue to drench Southcentral Alaska.
Bill Roth
Heavy rain in the Mat-Su valley and the Talkeetna Mountains in recent days is causing very high and in some cases flooding rivers.
Alaska Dispatch News
Fairbanks' second snow of the year is bringing down trees and causing electrical outages around the area.
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A large swath of Alaska is under advisories Tuesday for winter weather, flooding and storms, amid heavy rains and the arrival of an Arctic cold front from Siberia that has affected much of the state’s Southcentral region.
Scott Jensen


Watch video of Shell's drilling rig, Polar Pioneer, in action in the Chukchi Sea. Video courtesy of Royal Dutch Shell.