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The musk ox, a relic of the last ice age, resides in some of the world's harshest climes. Now, a new film captures the animal in the brutal conditions that it calls home.In Between, a short film from German filmmaker Rolf Steinmann, is a beautifully shot documentary of musk oxen in Norway, where a population of the animals were introduced to the Dovrefjell mountain range in the first half of the 20th century. The film carries a heavy-handed message of climate change, but the snowswept landscapes and dim northern light makes it worth a watch, and evoke a chilly world that is easy to imagine resembles that of the ice age.Alaska is also home to an imported population of musk oxen, which were reintroduced to the state in 1930 when a small group of the animals from Greenland was moved first to Fairbanks, then to Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea. Animals from that growing herd were later transferred to other locations in Alaska, and today number about 4,000 in the region.
Bob Hallinen
Area high school students participated in the cross-country skiathlon at Kincaid Park in Anchorage on Saturday, January 30, 2106. The skiers completed two laps on classical skis and two laps on skate skis. 
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Solo backpacking Alaska - Short movie adventure

After his first trip to Alaska, Reinout Arents was so inspired by what he saw and documented, he decided to switch career paths and pursue filmmaking. In September 2015, 18-year-old Arents traveled from Belgium to trek around Alaska solo. According to Arents, “After watching the movie 'Into The Wild' I really wanted to go to Alaska. I was really in love with the idea of living free.”With no plan and little experience backpacking and hiking, Arents decided to be spontaneous and hitchhike to different places, re-supplying every now and then. "Luckily all the people I met along the way were super friendly and supportive.” And the experience was life-changing. “I met a lot of amazing, inspirational people. I camped on glaciers, emergency cabins in the middle of the mountains and all sorts of amazing places,” says Arents.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact the multimedia team at photo(at)alaskadispatch.com.  
Erik Hill
Dimond-West claims a hard-fought 3-1 win over Fairbanks at the girls state high school hockey tournament on Friday afternoon at Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena.
When Alysha Devine takes the court for the UAA women’s basketball team, she is tressed to thrill.
Bob Hallinen
Dr. Anita Sengupta, lead systems engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, spoke to students at the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program at UAA on Friday, Jan. 29.
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Saint Martin's beat UAA 73-70 in a GNAC men's basketball game Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Mike Dunham
Next December, an art exhibit will be set up outdoors near a remote research site on the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet. Video showing the art as displayed against the endless white landscape will be made available online as a “virtual gallery.”
Kim Sunée
To get things really heated up, I like to make cheese-stuffed jalapeños wrapped in prosciutto.
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Bull moose tangled shows consequences of attracting wildlife

“Disturbing video of a bull moose with its antlers caught on a backyard swing is a prime example of the hazards of attracting wildlife to a residential area,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials in a press release Tuesday after a resident of Summit County, Colorado admitted to using a salt lick to attract moose for wildlife viewing.In video of the incident, an agitated bull moose can be seen struggling to escape the ropes of the swing set. The animal was so stressed that wildlife officers needed to utilize a taser to immobilize the animal long enough to cut it free.“It was a difficult and dangerous situation but the taser worked exactly as we had hoped," said District Wildlife Manager Tom Davies. "Tranquilization drugs were an option but considering how stressed the moose became during this precarious situation, it would have likely killed the animal. The taser is proving to be very useful for a situation like this."Baiting animals is illegal and unethical and can have dire consequences for a stressed animal, Colorado officials said.For information on living responsibly with wildlife in Alaska, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s website.
Loren Holmes and Scott Jensen

Point Woronzof latest

The person found critically injured at Point Woronzof after the discovery of a body there Thursday morning has died, police say.Police announced the second death at about 1 p.m. Thursday, following a morning call to Point Woronzof near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport."Detectives have identified the two found this morning (a male and a female) and are in the process of notifying their next of kin," police wrote. "The bodies of both persons were found on the beach just below the parking lot at Point Woronzof. Homicide detectives continue to investigate the circumstances leading to their deaths."A statement from the Anchorage Police Department announced the injured person's discovery at about 10 a.m. That person was taken from the scene by ambulance.APD said in an initial statement that calls reporting a citizen’s discovery of a body at the point, just north of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, came in shortly after 8:30 a.m.Read more: 2nd person found beneath bluff at Point Woronzof in Anchorage declared dead
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With a scarcity of available land for marijuana businesses, Hugh Wade, the owner of Spire Real Estate, is building his own database to find suitable properties that might not yet be on the market. 

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