Jerzy Shedlock
A married couple entered guilty pleas on Friday in Anchorage to sex trafficking charges stemming from an investigation that found they ran a prostitution ring in cities across Alaska. Amber Batts faces 10 years in prison.
Bob Hallinen
Scott and Mardie Robb transplant dianthus flowers, which they started from seed at their Colony Greenhouse in Palmer, Alaska, on Tuesday, March 24. The greenhouse will be open to the public on April 1 hanging baskets and flats of flowers and vegetables for sale. 
Marc Lester
Lead:North, an Institute of the North leadership program for young professionals, hosted a “speed dating” event Anchorage mayoral candidates at Snow Goose Restaurant on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Seven candidates participated.
Loren Holmes
Rogers Park Elementary School celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday with former principal and current Anchorage School District superintendent Ed Graff and many current and former students.
Marc Lester
The exhibit "Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage" opens March 27, 2015, at the Anchorage Museum.
Erik Hill
Twenty-three new officers are recognized at an Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Wendy Williamson Auditorium at UAA. 
Erik Hill
The Postcards of Hope exhibition opened this week at Pacific Northern Academy. The display features postcards created for the academy by Syrian and Iraqi children living in a refugee camp in Lebanon. 
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A wheelchair-accessible van decorated by his classmates was delivered to the home of West High freshman Aron Fa'afetai on Tuesday -- the second time this year the Ford Windstar has been donated to an Alaska family facing extreme challenges.  
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The bore tide is a natural phenomenon that occurs in narrow channels when the leading edge of an incoming tide clashes with the flow of an outgoing tide, colliding and causing a wave. Bore tides can be seen in relatively few places in the world, but Turnagain Arm, to the south of Anchorage, is one of the best spots to witness this spectacle.Alex Ede captured this video footage of paddleboarders riding a wave at a speedy 7 mph on March 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. along Turnagain Arm near Girdwood. Ede dreams of one day riding the tidal bore, where legend has it that paddleboarders are able to ride up to 40 minutes, all the way from Bird Point to Portage.The Alaska Public Lands Information Center has recommendations for the best places and times to typically spot the bore tide.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to send in your video submissions to Alaska Dispatch News. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)
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I Am An Ice Fisherman | INDIE ALASKA

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.In this episode we meet Elmer Brown, an ice fisherman who knows that it takes patience, and a willingness to weather the cold, to catch sheefish on Kotzebue Sound.
Marc Lester
Dancer Josh Murry of Portland-based dance company BodyVox led a workshop for West High School dance students Tuesday.
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Massachusetts has gotten its share of winter weather this year. With record snowstorms and low temperatures, ice floes formed along the Northern Atlantic and flowed down to New England.That spelled opportunity for Florida-based athlete and pioneer wakeskater Brian Grubb. He decided to head to the small Massachusetts town of Wellfleet in Cape Cod to shred the icy landscape.  Wakeskating combines of waterskiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques. A wakeboard rides over the water, ice and snow, much like skateboarding with no bindings to hold down your feet.Tackling the ice floes of Cape Cod required a significant amount of prep work. The line had to be groomed and a winch-pull system set up. Since skating over water required more speed than skating over snow, the team had to make a number of test runs. But once they got the timing right, Grubb was able to negotiate the car-sized mounds of ice that covered the landscape.Grubb, who lives in Orlando, told Fox News it was cold in Cape Cod. "We didn't get an exact temperature, but, yeah, it was probably in the 30s or low 40s or something," Grubb said. "With all that ice in there, it was definitely cold. It was pretty windy that day, so the wind chill was definitely cutting through (my wetsuit)."Red Bull Media House captured the moment in this lively wakeskating video. Gubb said of his wakeskating collaboration with Red Bull, “We ultimately just want to inspire people to think outside the box and maybe take a sport you would only see in the summertime into the winter and the snow.”