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The UAA volleyball team christened the new Alaska Airlines Center on Friday by claiming two victories and attracting a program-record crowd for the day's final match.​
Beth Bragg
More than 500 runners from across Alaska raced on a fairly flat 3-kilometer course that began and ended at Anchorage Baptist Temple and included of a lap around Cheney Lake. About half of the race was on pavement, so runners had to do without spikes in their shoes, which led to some tricky moments once they hit the wooded dirt trail on the backside of the lake.
Marc Lester
Take a look back at the construction of the UAA's new athletic facility, the Alaska Airlines Center. 
Loren Holmes
Autumn brings most of Alaska’s fungi out of the forest floor, sprinkling the woods with spots of color. Here are a few of the species you might encounter along the trail.
Mara Severin
When my friend heard the best Vietnamese food in town is being served at Pho Vietnam 4 on Government Hill, my interest was piqued.
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I Am A Wildlife Whisperer | INDIE ALASKA

Indie Alaska is an original video series produced by Alaska Public Media in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. The weekly series captures the diverse and colorful lifestyles of everyday Alaskans at work and at play. Together, these videos present a fresh and authentic look at living in Alaska.In this episode we meet Steve Kroschel who spends his days taking care of his wolverines, a wolf, a brown bear, moose, and other creatures, about 30 miles outside of Haines, Alaska . With help from his son and friends, Steve has built his sanctuary as a place where others can learn how to live simply and naturally.
Tara Young
The Alaska State Fair has numerous exhibitions from around the state. Irwin Hall showcases a variety of specialties, including woodworking, sewing, quilting, textile arts and knitting, as well as a whimsical department called "creative arts and crafts." This large department encompasses the many items that don't easily fit into other departments. Eggery, recycled materials, and yard art are just a few the divisions that delight and fascinate.Watch this video on Vimeo or YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Erik Hill
After the military vacated its Whittier station in 1960, maintenance to the hulking Buckner Building ceased. All that remains today is a seven-story skeleton of toxic, dangerous and rusting debris that sparks imagination and conversation among visitors.
Tara Young,Megan Edge

WHITTIER -- In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated, Joseph Stalin died, Moscow announced the detonation of a hydrogen bomb and Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for "The Old Man and the Sea." On average, Americans were paying 16 cents for a loaf of bread and 29 cents for a gallon of gas. And in the small Prince William Sound community now known as Whittier, the federal government had just spent about $6 million building a city under one roof, officially known as the Buckner Building, to provide basic entertainment and community amenities to 1,000 American troops stationed at a secluded base across Portage Pass from Turnagain Arm, at the gateway to Prince William Sound.Whittier had been established as a military base during WWII, while the Japanese military invaded the Aleutian Islands. The location could provide a deepwater port and was relatively difficult to get to due to its location and unpredictable weather. It remained active as a military installation through the early years of the Cold War.Initially, the Buckner Building was the location of the base's only bakery, theater, bowling alley and jail.Today, if it had been properly maintained, the building would have a value of around $52 million. But after the military vacated its Whittier station in 1960, maintenance ceased. All that remains today is a seven-story skeleton of toxic, dangerous and rusting debris that sparks imagination and conversation among visitors.But now the city of Whittier is in the early stages of figuring out how decrepit the Buckner Building might be, with the hopes of maybe -- and that's a big maybe -- bringing the once-great structure back from the dead."When it became city property (in November 2013) it became eligible for the Brownfield Grant Program, and this allowed money to be provided to do environmental assessment to determine the levels of hazardous materials in there," said Ted Spencer, the Whittier Museum Director, adding that the assessment process is currently underway.Brownfield land is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as property where land could be too dangerous to reuse.Broken glass and rusty nails are scattered throughout the building. Some basement rooms are filled wall to wall with insulation and broken-down Sheetrock stacked more than 4 feet high. The smell of mold inside the building can be overwhelming. On a dreary Thursday, raindrops fell through the broken windows of the building. Steady streams of water flowed through broken light fixtures, making a constant pitter-patter on the building's cement floor.On the ceiling there are long, white drippings that seem to have just frozen. Spencer, who's working toward turning Whittier into a historical district, said many people think those dangling stalactites, which seem to nearly coat the ceiling, are asbestos. But really, he said, it's just Sheetrock that has dissolved into the water that seems to trickle throughout the structure.That doesn't mean asbestos isn't a problem. The assessment will determine exactly how much of the toxic mineral occupies the building, as well as how much lead paint is coating its surfaces."I have also heard that it could be that the concrete's lost its integrity due to corrosion in the steal rebar that reinforces the concrete," said Spencer. "If that is the case, the building would eventually be torn down."What is "amazing" is the fact that the building's flat roof doesn't seem to have lost its integrity despite the heavy snowfall that blankets the town in winter months, according to Spencer."If (the Buckner Building) is still structurally sound, it could be resurrected and put back to use," said Spencer. "But either way, it is going to be a major undertaking."Photos: Buckner Building in WhittierWatch this video on Vimeo or YouTube, or watch more 49th Estate videos on Alaska Dispatch News. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Marc Lester
The Matanuska River is closing in on Ed and Val Musial's home in Sutton. A planned project might be enough to route the river away, but it's dependent on the slow-moving wheels of government.
Megan Edge
Summer is peak season for Kenai Peninsula businesses, although "patchy" salmon runs can hurt retailers who count on happy visitors for a healthy bottom line.
Marc Lester
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will soon complete construction on barracks being built to replace others, some of which were built more than 50 years ago.

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