Bill Roth
The resident brown bears at the Alaska Zoo tested bear-resistant trash cans during a Bear Aware event held on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10.
Zaz Hollander
A new community health center is rising in Sutton to provide care for this medically underserved part of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley where people still sometimes drive hours to see a doctor.
Zaz Hollander and Loren Holmes
For the first time in its 74-year history, Matanuska Electric Association is on its own. The Palmer, Alaska-based electric cooperative became “self-generating” at midnight May 1 when the new $324 million Eklutna Generation Station started cranking out power as a utility.
Alaska Public Media

I Am An Iñupiaq Carver | 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 of Indie Alaska, we meet Iñupiaq artist Ross Schaeffer. After spending most of his life hunting, trapping and fishing around Kotzebue, Scaeffer transformed his lifestyle into creating artwork and carvings that blend traditional and modern techniques. Using age-old materials such as woolly mammoth bone, Ross works on carvings inspired by his culture and natural environment, and encourages young people to try artwork themselves.
Paxson Woelber
Our rented pickup lurches through the tundra in the pre-dawn dark, three of us packed into the cab in a swirl of gas fumes, bullets rattling on the dashboard. We're on one of Alaska's most isolated islands, and we're looking for caribou.
Marc Lester
Years after Deb Hageter triggered the arrest of Catherine Adcock for prescription fraud and drug possession, the women became friends.
Tegan Hanlon
Before Rebecka Eakin moved the tassel on her graduation cap Friday, she praised Crossroads, an alternative high school in Anchorage for pregnant and parenting students. Without the school, the 17-year-old mother said, she would have likely dropped out -- never receiving a high school diploma.
Alaska Dispatch News
Thirla Alagala created a short animated film inspired by the Alaska Native totem poles in Saxman Native Village Totem Pole Park in Ketchikan. The film “Totem” was Alagala’s second year final project for the character animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. Alagala’s transformative visit to Ketchikan prompted her to make "Totem." “I absolutely respect all the hard work that goes into making totem poles and was so incredibly inspired by it. I thought I could create a really striking imagery and surrealism placing my film in Alaska and around totem poles,” Alagala said.To submit your videos to Alaska Dispatch News, contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Bob Hallinen
Juneau High defeated Homer 16-4 in the Blue and Gold Battle high school softball tournament at Albrecht Fields on Friday.
Jerzy Shedlock
Alaska’s police memorial week began Friday in two cities. In Anchorage, people gathered at the State Crime Detection Laboratory under cloudy skies to honor the most recent losses to -- two Alaska State Troopers killed last year.
Dermot Cole
Dozens of vintage planes from World War II cruised over the Potomac River and near the major Washington, D.C., monuments in an aerial armada that marked the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe and the surrender of Nazi Germany. Thousands of people gathered below, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, to witness the low-altitude procession.
Alaska Dispatch News

60 Minutes of Play, Every Day

Concerned with childhood obesity in Alaska, the Department of Health and Social Services initiated a public education campaign three years ago called Play Every Day. The intention was to raise awareness about health risks linked to childhood obesity. The campaign encourages Alaska families and children to be physically active for at least sixty minutes every day. This video shows that’s possible for children of all abilities.For more information about Play Every Day, check out the campaign's Facebook page.

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