Tara Young


The 30th Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic was called off Saturday after a second day of poor conditions forced organizers to nix the annual race in the Hoodoo Mountains.The event, which began Friday, combines skiing (or snowboarding) with snowmachine racing over a 5.5-mile course. The race starts with a skier or snowboarder racing downhill to link up with a tow rope attached to a snowmachine, which then tows the racer to the top of a second hill. From there the racer skis to a finish line at the bottom.According to founder Howard Thies, Arctic Man campgrounds in the Hoodoo Mountains at Summit Lake becomes the third-largest city in Alaska overnight. The event has grown in the past 30 years from 100 attendees to approximately 15,000. The grounds are overrun by RVs, snowmachines, and bonfires. Arctic Man artist Sandy Jamieson likens sno-going adrenaline junkies to the motorcycle crowd: "The people are pretty rough looking, and a lot of them are working people that this is their thing. "But there's no one here who wouldn't stop to help anyone else."Read more: Arctic Man canceled due to stormWatch 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.
Michelle Theriault Boots
In the world of collegiate debate, Harvard, Yale, and the University of Alaska Anchorage are peers. And this weekend, for the first time, the nation's premier collegiate debate competition came to the Last Frontier. 
Suzanna Caldwell
Crabbing season is in full swing in Nome, and one crabber is taking full advantage of what the sea has to offer.
Michelle Theriault Boots
A black bear sow and four cubs were spotted resting, playing and foraging in the woods on Government Hill in Anchorage on Sunday, April 12, 2015, before looking for an easy meal in garbage cans in an alley.
Suzanna Caldwell
A USDA-certified mobile meat slaughterhouse is being used in Savoonga for commercial reindeer meat processing. The village is selling the meat to Mike’s Quality Meats in Eagle River, among other outlets.
With one week to go in the 2015 legislative session, most of the big issues from the start of the session remain unresolved. Top House and Senate lawmakers are negotiating over two versions of the state budget that have huge differences in funding for education and for state employee compensation. 
Erin McKittrick
It took Dallas Seavey’s team of canine athletes less than nine days to make the 1,000-mile journey of the Iditarod. It took us about three days to get beyond earshot of Nome’s Iditarod siren, which blared an alert for each new musher trotting into town.
Marc Lester


In this video, check out some of the most impressive flips and biggest fails of Slush Cup 2015 at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.About 40 costumed contestants participated in the Slush Cup at Alyeska Resort on Saturday afternoon, April 11, 2015. Skiers and snowboarders took an alpine run, hit a ramp and tried to skim across a pond at the base of the hill for the chance to win a season pass for 2015-16. It’s one of the most popular events of Alyeska’s Spring Carnival and draws a large crowd of spectators hoping to see some impressive tricks and spectacular wipeouts. Colin Gordon took first place in the event, followed by Desi Sherwood and Joey Aist. Jack Stahla won the prize for best crash. This was the 38th annual Slush Cup. Spring Carnival continues Sunday with events including a downhill mountain bike race and an Xtratuf tug-o-war.For more from the Slush Cup, check out our photo gallery.
Marc Lester
About 40 costumed contestants participated in the Slush Cup at Alyeska Resort on Saturday afternoon, April 11, 2015.
Loren Holmes
The University of Alaska Anchorage's annual Alaska Native storytelling event on Saturday offered a platform for indigenous people from around the state to share their perspectives. 
Matt Tunseth
For about ten minutes on Friday – nine minutes, 59.33 seconds to be exact – Anchorage was the center of the U.S. high school track and field universe.
Bill Roth
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters entertained basketball fans young and old during their game against the Washington Generals at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage on Thursday, April 9, 2015.