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Stephen Nowers
Exploring the town of Palmer, Alaska, one photo at a time. That's Palmer, not Wasilla. Only 11 miles apart, the two valley towns are siblings -- with all the familiarity and rivalry -- but with very different characters.
Craig Medred
Alaska's 211th Rescue Squadron flew to Arizona for Operation Angel Thunder, an annual search and rescue exercise.
Rob Stapleton
The Alaska Aviation Museum unveiled two new flight simulators on Wednesday, including one that allows the participant to take a virtual trip into deep space on the Shuttle Discovery.
Kirsten Dixon
Cooking can already be a zen-like experience, but take it to the next level with this recipe for gnocchi made with Japanese red kuri squash and balance all your "doshas."
Stephen Nowers
Many artists with items for sale at this year's Alaska Federation of Natives convention rely on marine mammal pelts for their work.
Stephen Nowers
The 2011 Alaska Federation of Natives convention began Thursday in Anchorage.
Craig Medred

Maggie, Miss TUSKany 2011!

Some longtime Alaskans will occasionally wonder how Maggie -- the African elephant who spent 24 years as a resident of the Alaska Zoo -- is doing at her new home at a wildlife sanctuary in California. If this recently-uploaded video is any indication, she's doing pretty well. Maggie recently won the title of Miss TUSKany for the second year in a row, following a fundraiser known as "The Elephant Grape Stomp." The Miss TUSKany grapevine wreath goes to the elephant that receives the highest donation total -- and was promptly devoured by Maggie upon her receipt of the prize. Read about the Performing Animal Welfare Society's President and Co-founder Pat Derby and her discovery of elephants' love for grapes at the PAWS blog.
Craig Medred
The Grumman Goose, a pre-World War II aircraft, has seen service around the world for more than 70 years. But the Gooses are slowly dying off -- what could take this aviation workhorse’s place?
Stephen Nowers
Singers and dancers from around the state helped close out the 2011 Elders and Youth Conference in Anchorage.
Craig Medred

Pitkas Point retires the honey bucket

The Yukon River village of Pitkas Point, Alaska, finally bids farewell to honey bucket sewage system, but dozens of other villages lack basic plumbing, toilets and hot water. Read the full story, and see photos, here.
Craig Medred
Photographer Jacob W. Frank spent much of the past year working in Denali National Park as a seasonal park ranger.
Craig Medred

Bear cub in alaska grocery store

Patrons of a Ketchikan grocery store get an unexpected visitor while perusing the produce section: a bear cub. The young bear finds its way into a produce display in this video uploaded by jtex1888 on Oct. 16. Bear with this video -- no pun intended -- it takes a while to stop shaking and the bear to come into view. No word on what happened to the bear -- or the vegetables.

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