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Angel Collinson's Full Segment from TGR's Almost Ablaze

For the first time in two decades of adventure filmmaking, the lead segment of Teton Gravity Research’s annual film features a woman. Angel Collinson was nominated for Best Female Performance at this year’s Powder Awards and was a finalist at the Banff Mountain Film Festival for her skiing in “Almost Ablaze,” which included some of Alaska’s most-challenging peaks in the Chugach and Southeast Alaska. Collinson, a 24-year-old skier who grew up in Snowbird, Utah, delivers a performance that suggests she’s now one of the top big-mountain female skiers in the world.On its website, Teton Gravity Reseach offered a viewers guide to some phrases heard in “Almost Ablaze.”Read more: Skiing phenom skis some sick Alaska verticals in Teton Gravity film
Bob Hallinen

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Air bubbles flowing under ice can be mesmerizing.When a thin layer of clear ice forms with a little bit of flowing water underneath, trapped air also flows along. The bubbles form and gather together at obstacles in their path, form bigger bubbles, break up again change shape as they flow under the ice.The best time to witness this phenomenon is in the fall or spring, as it is best observed over a few inches of gently flowing water. In midwinter, the shallow water is completely frozen and covered with snow.See more: Ice bubbles at Potter MarshWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Bob Hallinen at bhallinen(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Loren Holmes

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Two hours after he took office, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker added to his cabinet Monday by appointing two commissioners and a deputy commissioner in three key departments.Read more: On first day in office, Walker names more cabinet membersWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Loren Holmes at loren(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Megan Edge

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With a full rack and only three good legs, a bull moose hobbled through light snowfall Monday in the area of Trena Street in Anchorage to munch on dead shrubbery.Last week, KTVA reported the moose had gotten tangled in wire and injured its hind right leg, and neighbors had to help untangle the moose.Neighborhood resident Randall Moyer said he was finally able to pull the wire off the bull's rack Sunday."I just took a long paint pole, an extended one with a hook on the end, and grabbed it," Moyer said. "It kind of fell off, but when he got up against the house I reached out of a window and grabbed the rest of it. He just kept walking on it."Moyer added that the moose has been in the neighborhood for about two years and is known for snatching fall pumpkins.Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Dave Battle said that when moose are reported injured, the agency routinely checks on the animal to see if it's making progress. In general, he said, moose are resilient and capable of making a recovery.Battle also said it is important that people refrain from feeding the injured moose, as that could ensure that Fish and Game would have to euthanize it."A moose might not be aggressive if you're giving it a carrot, but it would then rely on that and expect it, even after it recovers, at which point it could become aggressive," Battle said. "They will chase people down the road for not having a carrot. It's happened a number of times in Anchorage and we would have to kill the moose to protect public safety."Feeding a wild animal is also a misdemeanor.Battle was unable to provide any additional information on the specific moose in the neighborhood near Lake Otis Parkway and Tudor Road, as he said he was not the responding biologist, who was unreachable Monday.Moyer said he hasn't seen anyone feed the moose, but is worried that drivers traveling too fast down the road could hit it.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Megan Edge at megan(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Alaska Dispatch News
Gov. Bill Walker will be sworn into office Monday in Juneau, taking over for outgoing Gov. Sean Parnell and assuming the state's top leadership position.
Bill Roth
The Wooden Ski Classic sponsored by Sons of Norway and the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage was the first race of the AMH Anchorage Cup, a non-points race, held at Russian Jack Springs Park on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014.  Skiers were encouraged to wear traditional Scandinavian wool costumes and use wood skis and bamboo poles during the annual event.
Bob Hallinen
Ice floats! Everybody knows that. What you might not know is that ice is one of the few substances that weigh less in its solid state then it does in its liquid state -- and if that wasn't true, well, we might not be here.
Colorado State knocked off UC Santa Barbara 65-63 in the championship game of the GCI Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Washington State rallied for an 89-84 comeback victory over Missouri State in the fourth place game of the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center.
UAA claims seventh place in the GCI Great Alaska Shootout with a 65-54 win over Rice on Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Tegan Hanlon
Reyes Avila often seems to be an average toddler -- active, chaotic and playful. But inside the tiny, shaggy-haired boy, a war is raging against his nervous system. His muscles are weak, his development is slow and sometimes when he cries, he loses consciousness. 
Bob Hallinen
Anchorage's community tree was lit by Santa Claus and 7-year-old Sonia Marie Palesano during the AT&T Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. 

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