Loren Holmes,Megan Edge
The foothills of the Chugach Range are mostly bare. Little snow has fallen across the Interior and bears are still awake in some places. Lucky you, we've found some fresh powder for Alaskans to enjoy as they await winter's white bounty.
Loren Holmes,Megan Edge
The Italian opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" embodies the human fascination with other worlds, and with "places we don't know anything about." It opens Friday in Anchorage.
Matt Keller
An epic journey spanning from Southcentral Alaska into all the way into the Aleutian Islands took this pilot more than 800 miles from home, all the while remaining in the Last Frontier and enjoying the sights the state affords.
Heather Lende
The Port Chilkoot Distillery is the latest addition to Alaska’s budding micro-distillery industry.
Colleen Mondor
She's 90 years old and hot damn, she's still turning heads in the Golden Heart. The Curtiss Jenny, bought by the city of Fairbanks in 1923, has been returned to airworthiness with new wings, thanks to the Farthest North chapter of experimental aviators, Chapter 1129.
Alex DeMarban
Anchorage's restaurant scene is booming these days, with a large number of new places opening around town as local businesses expand and national chains enter the fray.
Suzanna Caldwell
A new exhibit in Anchorage might on its face look like typical street photography, but learn a little bit more about the homeless artists who made the photos and the project takes on a whole new meaning.
Megan Edge
Prominent Anchorage graffiti artist, MENO, has resurfaced in the art community after being arrested in 2011 for tagging. His work will hang on the walls of the Brown Bag Sandwich Co. for First Friday Nov. 1.
Tara Young,Suzanna Caldwell

Yup'ik storyteller John Active shares a scary story

When John Active was a little boy growing up in Bethel, he used to listen to stories around his grandmother's table. Growing up with no TV or radio, Active, now 65, would sit and listen as his grandmother Maggie Lind and other elders would entertain each other for hours with stories of the supernatural. Little people. Spirits. Bigfoot and yeti-like creatures. Ghouls. “All kinds of creatures,” Active said. He said as a youth he would tell scary stories with his friends, then run back home spooked. “That was our entertainment,” he said. Phyllis Morrow, anthropologist professor and dean emerita at the University of Alaska Fairbanks who studies myths, said it's complicated to figure out why exactly so many cultures tell scary stories. They can be entertaining or educational or they can be cautionary or metaphoric. Often though, it comes down to lessons learned. “People respond to a creepy story because there's a certain kind of thrill and awe to them about the things that are unknown in life,” Morrow said. “And they tell you something about being part of your people and being part of your group.” Active agreed. He now goes around the state, to schools around Alaska, to share the stories he knows -- both spooky, and not -- in an effort to share the culture. “It's about trying to pass on the information -- if they'll listen,” he said, “so we can continue to live the Yup'ik ways.” To watch this video on Vimeo, click here. Be sure to subscribe to Alaska Dispatch's YouTube channel. Contact reporter Suzanna Caldwell at suzanna(at)alaskadispatch.com. Contact videographer Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com
Craig Medred
Bill Brooks, a self-described "poor little farm boy" from Oregon, found success as a pilot during WWII, and carried his aviation knowledge up to Alaska, where he started the Anchorage Air Cargo Association.
Suzanna Caldwell
Despite challenges -- including building a home on a lot deemed "unbuildable" -- Dan and Fulvia Lowe have designed and built an "off-grid" home in Alaska's largest city, considered the first of its kind.
Colleen Mondor
For his recent book "Happy End," photographer Dietmar Eckell collected gripping images of aircraft wrecks from around the world, including several from Alaska, which involved no fatalities.

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