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Marc Lester
The first 12 miles of Denali National Park road were plowed and opened to motorists recently. The open portion of the road starts near Mile 237 of the Parks Highway and ends at the Mountain Vista parking area near the Savage River campground. 
Alaska Dispatch News
ShoreZone offers an up-close look at some 38,000 miles of Alaska coastline -- much of it hidden from the view of most Alaskans. The result is both beautiful and informative. 
Bob Hallinen
Tuition will increase at the University of Alaska system by 5 percent this fall following a UA Board of Regents meeting Friday.
Individual classic race during the state cross-country ski championships at Kincaid Park on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.  
Mike Dunham
"Spirit -- The 7th Fire of Alaska" runs Feb. 20-22 in the Discovery Theatre at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage. 
Loren Holmes
The Seward Highway was closed for about two hours Thursday morning near the Potter Marsh weigh station after a debris from a rockslide fell onto the road.
Suzanna Caldwell,Loren Holmes
Iditarod mushers on Wednesday dropped their team bags at Airland Transport in South Anchorage before they are shipped to Fairbanks and then the trail. 
Bill Roth
Sunshine and temperatures in the 20s lured fishermen onto Kotzebue Sound to target sheefish lurking under three feet of ice.
Tara Young

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Two newly purchased Anchorage Police Department canines sniffed out tracks left by handlers last week at Russian Jack Springs Park. The dogs are early on in their training, and police have left marijuana detection off their list of lessons.That’s due to the ballot initiative Alaska voters passed on Nov. 4 legalizing recreational pot use and its commercial sale.Unlike the Alaska State Troopers 10 dogs trained in marijuana detection, Anchorage’s K-9 unit is not getting rid of its three pot-sniffing dogs. Unit supervisor Sgt. Jason Schmidt said that retiring them would be a waste of resources.The two new Belgian Malinois, named Midas and Clyde, are the same medium-sized shepherd dogs used by troopers for drug detection. Purchased from a Pennsylvania kennel, the police department's dogs generally cost a total of $30,000 to buy and ship across country. Read more: New Anchorage police dogs won't learn what pot smells likeWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Dermot Cole

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FAIRBANKS -- Iconic Alaska musher George Attla achieved some of his greatest victories on an Open North American Sled Dog Race trail that crosses the Chena River not far from the David Salmon Tribal Hall, where hundreds of people gathered Tuesday morning to honor his memory.Before a police escort and a procession to Fairbanks International Airport for a Wright Air Service flight that would carry the "Huslia Hustler" home, mourners described Attla as one who competed well and finished the race.“So we say well done, well done George, you are and you remain a champion,” said the Rev. Jim Falsey.Read more: Hundreds in Fairbanks honor memory of 'Huslia Hustler' George Attla
Mike Campbell

Brent Sass Wins the 2015 Yukon Quest

In a topsy-turvy finish to the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest, Brent Sass of Eureka gave up a seemingly insurmountable lead and then came from behind in the home stretch to capture his first major sled-dog racing title late Monday night.Sass passed Allen Moore of Two Rivers about midway through the final 72-mile run to the finish line in Fairbanks and hung on to win in a total time of 9 days, 12 hours, 44 seconds before a big turnout in downtown Fairbanks. He finished just before 10:52 p.m. with 12 dogs in harness. Moore was second.Moore was seeking his third-consecutive victory, but wound up with his second heartbreaking loss in the last four Quests. In 2012, Hugh Neff of Tok came from more than hour behind at the penultimate checkpoint to nip Moore by 26 seconds and win the closest Quest in history.READ MORE: Sass captures Yukon Quest title
Alaska Dispatch News
With the lack of snow this year in Southcentral Alaska, many people have turned to ice skating to satisfy their need for outdoor adventure.On any given weekend Westchester Lagoon is flowing with families sliding on the ice.One recent weekday morning, with the temperature around minus 5 degrees, Alaska Aerial Media captured footage of a few skaters who got to enjoy the lagoon mostly to themselves.

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