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The 2015 Alaska Airlines Classic basketball tournament runs Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 15, 2015, at West High School. Included are Outside teams from Florida, Georgia, and Nevada.
Mike Dunham
Bob Hallinen,Tegan Hanlon
An SUV traveling south on C Street left the road at the Chester Creek bridge near 19th Avenue and ended on its top between the creek and the bike trail that goes under the bridge on Thursday afternoon, January 15, 2015. A single male occupant of the vehicle was extracted and transported to a hospital by Anchorage Fire Department personnel.
Marc Lester
The Clayton Allison murder trial began on Thursday, January 15, 2015, in Palmer. Allison is charged with homicide in the death of his 15-month-old daughter, Jocelynn Allison, who died in 2008.
Erik Hill
Wednesday afternoon, Cirque du Soleil artists were hard at work preparing for performances of "Dralion" at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.
Tara Young

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For the first time ever, Cirque du Soleil has landed in Anchorage. Its east-meets-west-themed show “Dralion” is in town this week, with a cast of over 50 artists -- acrobats, musicians, clowns, dancers, singers, aerialists and more.Artistic Director Sean McKeown said "Dralion" began its run in 1999, and this week will mark its final curtain call. "The show lasted 15 years, that’s a very long time. We’ve been everywhere we can go, basically, so we reached a point where it just came time to close." See photos: Performers prepare to present DralionRead more: Cirque du Soleil's 'Dralion' comes to Fairbanks and AnchorageWatch 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.
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Ice road crews cleared a path through the jumbled ice on the middle Kuskokwim River on Friday in preparation for the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race that starts this Friday.
Erik Hill
Nine teams competed in the 2015 Crystal Gallery of Ice sculpting competition judged Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, and eight more pieces will be added in the park and around downtown by Thursday, all courtesy of supporting businesses and organizations. 
South and West play to a 1-1 overtime tie in prep boys hockey action Tuesday evening, Jan. 13, 2015 at Ben Boeke Ice Arena. 
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On Jan. 2, Greg Hugunin, 30, triggered an avalanche while snowboarding with five other people on Marmot Mountain in Hatcher Pass.  Hugunin was the first in his group to drop in at an elevation of about 4,400 feet."When I got in the bottom zone I kind of hammered a turn because I felt something would pop loose (and) you could kind of feel the snow fracture," Hugunin said. "I went farther and then I heard a pop behind me, so I went at about a 45 degree angle to my safe zone."This video captured the event. Hugunin arrived in the safe zone and looked back to see the slab of snow sliding down the mountain.Read more: Risky business in the backcountry: how to survive avalanche seasonWatch 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.
Richard Mauer

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Tradesmen and technicians are still touching up the Legislature’s new downtown Anchorage building, but the cranes and hardhats are gone and, on Friday, staff were hauling boxes of files and furniture into the space.The move is beginning just as legislators and aides prepare for the annual migration to Juneau for the next session.The rented six-story building located at 716 W. 4th Ave. is supposed to be in full operation when the session begins Jan. 20, with teleconferenced hearings emanating from Juneau and on-site information staff in their new first-floor office.In advance of the formal opening, Rep. Charisse Millett, the House Majority leader and an Anchorage Republican, joined a few aides in leading a media tour of the rebuilt office building.READ MORE: Alaska Legislature begins moving into new Anchorage office
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The Unrideables: Alaska Range - TRAILER

One of Red Bull’s latest extreme sports films, “The Unrideables: Alaska Range,” features a relatively new sport called speedriding. A cross between parachute flight (whether paragliding or skydiving) and skiing, speedriding has been around for about a decade.Skier Jon DeVore, a native of  Juneau, brought together a team of elite aerial athletes to the mountains of the Alaska Range in search of the perfect line to fly and ski. Their goal: to advance the sport of speedriding in America’s most extreme mountain landscape. “I think what we’re doing is the first step in educating the world on our little world. And I think it’s going to open everybody’s eyes to what’s possible,” says DeVore.ESPN reports that speedriders can attain speeds of up to 100 mph, much faster than paragliders, which may see a range of speeds roughly between 15 and 45 mph.

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