Erik Hill,Kamala Kelkar
The National Weather Service station in Barrow launches a weather balloon Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 22, 2015, south of the Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport runway. 
Scott Jensen


In a Friday morning press conference, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker explained why he called for an Oct. 24 special session of the Alaska Legislature to discuss new bills on taxing natural gas still in the ground and buying out TransCanada's interests in the proposed natural gas pipeline."It is our resource. There's no question about it," said Gov. Walker. "(The producers) have the opportunity and obligation to develop that resource. That's the model that we have. So to keep the gas off the market and out of a project, that's unacceptable to me."Walker said details of the bill would be worked on over the weekend.  
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Avery crushes huge bass on barbie pole!

A young girl named Avery reels in a 5-pound bass using her Barbie fishing rod in Eden Prairie, MN.“I can’t get it. You need to help me,” Avery says to her dad. But with her fathers encouragement Avery keeps reeling, and giggling and reeling. Until finally, with her trusty Spincast Rod and Reel Packaged Combo Kit in hand and a little help from her dad, she’s pulls in a whopper 20-inch fish. Avery and her father can hardly contain their excitement about the catch.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact Tara Young at tara(at)
Bob Hallinen
Trumpeter and tundra swans stop to feed at Potter Marsh in South Anchorage on their migration south to wintering grounds Tuesday, Sept. 22. 
Kim Sunée
Paired with parsley leaf, celery tips replace the more ubiquitous lettuce in this crisp fall salad I’ve been making every chance I get. 
Mike Dunham,Loren Holmes
The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra season opener will kick things off with a properly noisy fanfare, 20-some brass instruments braying out the first movement from Janacek’s “Sinfonietta.”
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The autumn leaves around the state are giving viewers an eyeful of color this year.
Tara Young


"Nerds," makers and anime fans combined in their geekdom to prep for the 2015 Senshi-Con, Anchorage’s anime-inspired movie, gaming, and graphic novel convention.The Geeks of the Last Frontier and Senshi-Con held a build week at Anchorage Makerspace with cosplayers and prop-makers to create costumes and props for the upcoming convention, held Sept. 26 and 27 at the Egan Center.Anchorage Makerspace provided the space, tools and know-how for the GLF members to craft costumes of their favorite anime, manga, or video game characters. It’s a supportive environment that encourages every cosplayer with a custom costume dream to try their hand at making something.Read more: Senshi-Con expected to draw thousands of cosplay, anime fans to 2-day event in downtown AnchorageWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)
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Iditarod photographer Jeff Schultz captured video of a young bull moose Sept. 16, 2015, looking for a fight. It’s rutting season in Alaska, and bulls are looking for opponents to spar with. To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact Tara Young at tara(at)
Scott Jensen


The civilization of the sometimes lawless and rugged recreation destination that is the lower Knik River began with creation of the Knik River Public Use Area with legislation in 2006 and was followed by a management plan in 2008.The KRPUA for years grappled with an unsavory reputation, particularly around easily accessible Jim Creek, which became a dumping ground for everything from appliances to vehicles stolen out of Anchorage and a wild party spot with a soundtrack of automatic weapons fire.Read more: State gives public a shot at new regulations for Knik River recreation area Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Scott Jensen at sjensen(at)
Erik Hill,Beth Bragg
The Barrow High School football team is being followed by the NFL Network for an eight-episode series dubbed "Football Town: Barrow, Alaska" featuring the players in America's northernmost community.
Scott Jensen


Twenty years is a long time. Enough time to obscure memories, but not enough to fully erase the scars left by sudden and ruinous loss. On Tuesday, more than 500 people gathered outside the 3rd Wing Headquarters on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to both remember and heal.Twenty years ago, on Sept. 22, 1995, an E-3B Sentry AWACS jet -- callsign Yukla 27-- was knocked from the Anchorage sky, not by an enemy, but by a flock of Canada Geese. All 24 aboard that day, 22 American and 2 Canadian airmen, died.Kyle Leary, a 26-year-old who lives with his fiancee Amanda Deese in Palmer, was just 6 when his father, and Yukla 27's navigator, Lt. Col. Richard G. Leary, was killed.As he peered into the early morning sun, Leary noted that he is getting ready to be a father himself: He and Deese are expecting their first child."I remember him kicking a football once," Leary said of his own father. "I remember when we were in Germany, in Ramstein Air Force Base, me and my two sisters would all sit at the end of the hallway and go running to him when he came home, but other than that, I don’t remember anything about him."For Leary, the loss of 20 years ago is perhaps the most lasting memory of his dad.READ MORE: Families mourn, connect at 20th anniversary of fatal Alaska AWACS crash