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Loren Holmes
Ever wonder what happens to all of Anchorage’s Christmas trees after the holidays are over? Some are now being turned into wood chips to help maintain local trails.
Mara Severin
A new(ish), unpretentious spot for hearty cookery, Cajun specials and straightforward seafood, Sherri’s has a homey, family feel 
Alaska Dispatch News
Alaskans are lucky: The aurora borealis decorates our skies and gives us something to look forward to during the long, often cold nights of winter.
Alaska Dispatch News

The World's Very First REAL-TIME Northern Lights Captured in 4K Ultra High Definition

Fairbanks photographer Ronn Murray, already known for his incredible photos and time-lapses of the northern lights, has now turned to video. After years of creating photographic time-lapses, Murray decided to try to capture the northern lights in real-time.Murray was so captivated by the video footage that he pushed his Canon DSLR gear aside and opted for a brand new Sony a7S video camera, which shoots 4k resolution footage, to capture aurora in ultra-high definition.“The Sony a7S is amazing. So much so in fact, that it's shifted my entire world away from still and more towards video,” Murray says. Murray also has a live aurora cam available online so viewers from around the world can see the northern lights as he does.
The 9th annual AMH speedskate-skate ski Duathlon at Cuddy Family Midtown Park on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.
Matt Tunseth
East knocked off Service 64-21 at Service on Tuesday night.
Alaska Dispatch News

Jim Creek and Lakes Skate 1 4 15

Neil O’Donnell and several friends headed out for a Nordic ice skating adventure on Sunday Jan. 4, 2015. The group started out at Mud Lake and crossed over to Jim Creek. Much of O’Donnell’s 20-mile trip was on the creek, but many from the group ventured onto the Knik River to complete a 31-mile trip.
Alaska Dispatch News
OPINION: National media embraced a story about an Alaska man's close brush with a hibernating bear. But science and history -- and a trip to the cave where the bear supposedly slept -- don't back up his claims.
James Thomson | Barents Observer

Surfing in the Arctic

Surfing is surprisingly hot in the Lofoten Islands, Norway, 124 miles north of the Arctic Circle.“It’s all happening in the Arctic!” cries Tommy Olsen, as I jump off my rented surfboard, having caught my first wave of the day.He gives me a high-five, but I still get the feeling I won’t make the cut for the Lofoten Masters tournament, the world’s northernmost surf event.Olsen and his wife, Marion Frantzen, started Unstad Camping with Frantzen’s parents 11 years ago, not yet realizing the draw Arctic surfing would become. Back then, it was a typical campground on a beautiful beach, known as a surf spot only to a few brave locals like Frantzen’s father, Thor. He caught his first wave at Unstad in 1963.Since Olsen and Frantzen took over, though, rebranding the site as a surf destination, Unstad Arctic Surf has become an international hub for surfers who want a different kind of “chilling.” Located 124 miles north of the Arctic Circle, surfing at Unstad earns visitors bragging rights down south, despite the mild water temperatures.People think it’s very very cold,” says Olsen. “It could be cold, but surprisingly, like today, it’s super hot.”Unique settingThe day I visited Unstad the water was 8 degrees Celsius (46.4 degrees Fahrenheit), just 2 degrees Celsius colder than Vancouver Island. The Gulf Stream, which brings warm water from the Gulf of Mexico, keeps Norway’s coast ice-free and mild year-round.But it’s not just warm temperatures that attracts surfers from around the world, or even the quality of the waves over a soft sand beach.“It’s the backdrop and the surroundings,” says Olsen. Imposing cliffs frame the beach, making for spectacular views and great photo opportunities. The snow that comes later in the year helps, too, giving the scene a dramatic, adventurous appeal.Even in the dead of winter, when the sun has vanished and only a few hours of dim light illuminate the beach, surfers still head out for a ride during the precious daylight hours.“It’s fun; it’s a mission,” says Olsen.And unlike busy southern beaches, where angry locals wait in line for their chance at a wave, at Unstad, Olsen says even on a big day there is enough to go around.“In the winter, when it’s a little bit big, the problem is actually to have someone to surf with.”This story is posted on Alaska Dispatch News as part of Eye on the Arctic, a collaborative partnership between public and private circumpolar media organizations.
Alaska Dispatch News
Check out a visual month-in-review from Alaska Dispatch News photographers and others who capture the lives of Alaskans and the majesty of the state we call home.
Marc Lester
Certain Anchorage neighborhoods are harnessing a website called Nextdoor.com to share community information, from babysitting notices to missing pets and alerts about car break-ins. 
Bob Hallinen
The Alaska Aces defeated the Utah Grizzlies 4-1 on Saturday at Sullivan Arena.

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