Loren Holmes
Aimed at sharing information about the fledgling industry, the three-day Northwest Cannabis Classic at the Dena’ina Center features panels, demonstrations and products that ranged from lighting technology to smoking instruments to flower enhancers and plant food. It generated a buzz, with about 700 people buying presale tickets and about as many day-of tickets bought on Saturday, said event organizer Cory Wray.
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Mike Gervell said his life has changed since he was paired with Mikey, a service dog. Gervell says his military service in Vietnam changed the course of his life, and his service dog helps him deal with some of the consequences.
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The Walter Soboleff Center celebrates its opening on May 15, 2015.
Erik Hill
A Copper River king salmon is greeted at a First Fish event sponsored by Copper River Seafoods at the Alaska Airlines cargo facility on Friday, May 15, 2015, at Stevens Anchorage International Airport. 
Mike Dunham
“Home Field Advantage: Baseball in the Far North” opens at the Anchorage Museum this week.  
Bob Hallinen
Anchorage police have entered an apartment in South Anchorage Wednesday afternoon where they say four people were found dead earlier in the day, and a spokesperson said the deaths appear to be "suspicious."
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Photographer Kevan Dee hiked up to a 200-foot cliff at Lion's Head above the Matanuska Glacier for a night under the Northern Lights and lunar eclipse April 3, 2015.In the first scene of the video the moon is full over the glacier. Then, according to Dee, ”The clouds came in after and obscured the southern sky and moon, leaving the northern sky clear for the aurora.”To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News, contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Bob Hallinen
Racers compete in the 4-mile and the 8-mile Turnagain Arm Trail Run along the Turnagain Arm above the Seward Highway on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. 
Bill Roth
About 250 people gathered for a "Justice for Jeff" rally at Spruce Park in Anchorage on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, near the location of a hit-and-run collision that killed bicyclist Jeff Dusenbury last July.
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The first full-fledged free bike park in Southcentral Alaska isn’t in Anchorage.It’s in sleepy little Palmer, the city founded as a New Deal farm colony and now trying to leverage its increasingly popular mountain biking trails into a recreation destination.The Palmer Bike Park is tucked off the Old Glenn Highway at Matanuska River Park, located on a former overflow parking lot just north of a playground and broad grassy picnic area.Built last fall, the bike park is actually three in one, according to Nate Nicholls, executive director of the 150-member Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers, the group that's behind the park.The star feature is an almost 2-acre "pump track" with a jump line to get some air but also packed dirt mounds and undulating short wooden boardwalks -- “Nessie humps” -- that riders are supposed to travel by pumping and gliding instead of pedaling. Beyond are two different quarter-mile tracks that connect to an existing network of mountain bike trails -- a “flow trail” designed to give riders a feel for their bikes on a trail and a technical track to hone technical bike handling skills with a low log ride, rocky sections and tight turns.Read more: Palmer pioneers first free bike park in Southcentral Alaska
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The Palmer Bike Park, located in Matanuska River Park, features dirt jumps, wooden ramps, a pump track and singletrack trails.
Marc Lester
Several hundred Bartlett High School students received their diplomas at a graduation ceremony at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.