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Mike Dunham
The $20 million Glenn Massay Theater was dedicated on Saturday evening, Feb. 7, 2015, at Mat-Su College in Palmer. 
Marc Lester

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Only once in its 42-year history has the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race not started from Southcentral Alaska.In 2003, a lack of snow forced organizers to move the restart to Fairbanks. Instead of setting out from Willow, mushers and their teams left from the Chena River, passing under bridges and past the historic steamboat Discovery.Late Tuesday, the Iditarod board of directors voted unanimously to move the restart to Fairbanks for the second time, citing poor snow coverage on rugged portions of the tradition race trail. A ceremonial start is still scheduled for Anchorage.Read more: Iditarod board moves race restart from Willow to Fairbanks
Alaska Dispatch News
Only once in its 42-year history has the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race not started from Southcentral Alaska. Here's what the race looked like in 2003, when it started from Fairbanks. This year, poor snow coverage on rugged stretches of the Iditarod Trail north of the Alaska Range has prompted the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race board of directors to move the restart to Fairbanks again.
Alaska Dispatch News
Twenty-six mushers and their teams of sled dogs headed out of Whitehorse, Yukon, on Saturday for the start of the 2015 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. The annual 1,000-mile race runs between Whitehorse and Fairbanks and is billed as the “toughest sled dog race in the world."
Alaska Dispatch News

What it Looks Like to Climb Frozen Niagara Falls

Internationally renowned ice climber Will Gadd made history by being the first person to ever ascend Niagara Falls.Numerous people have descended the famous falls over the years, but Gadd was the first to climb the frozen falls.Gadd made the climb naturally, without interfering with the landscape."No bolts. There won't be one thing left in the ice that wasn't there to begin with, and that's the best possible way to do it,” Gadd told Red Bull reporter Josh Sampiero. The line that Gadd followed was part of the American side of the Horseshoe section of Niagara Falls. The massive waterfall made for an intense environment, with 150,00 tons of water flowing over the crest every minute with speeds of 62 miles per hour."I was so close to the water, I could reach out and stick my ice tool in the Niagara Falls," said Gadd. "At one point I was behind the water, climbing on ice that froze behind the falls. I got [a] whole lot of Niagara down my neck!" according to Gadd as reported by Red Bull.
Alaska Dispatch News

Avalanche filmed GoPro Hero3+ - Snowboarding

Romanian mountain rescue volunteer and snow sports instructor Sorin-Alexandru Radu was caught in an avalanche February 3, 2015, as he snowboarded down Papusa Mountain in Gorj County with a camera attached to his helmet. In the video, the snow can be seen rippling and breaking up around the Radu. He is then covered and thrashed about by the avalanche, but he survived the experience unharmed, as reported by Storyful.In Southcentral Alaska, snow conditions have been considered dangerous this winter due to warm weather into January and weak snow pack.Read more: Snowboarder barely escapes Hatcher Pass avalanche
Todd Hardesty
OPINION: Documents and newspaper clippings leave a paper trail that challenges the claim that Anchorage is celebrating its 80th Fur Rendezvous in 2015.
Tegan Hanlon
Anchorage police were investigating the death of a man who allegedly exchanged gunfire with officers in the area of 15th Avenue and Medfra Street on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. 
Craig Medred
When the little Siberian husky was born with front legs that didn't work, a veterinarian said the best thing do was to put him down. But his Fairbanks family took him home to think about it, and before they knew it he won their hearts. Now General's appearance on Craigslist is winning the hearts of many as the family tries to find him a permanent home.
Bob Hallinen
Wrestlers from across the state compete in the finals of the 2015 ASAA 4A Alaska State Wrestling Championships at Chugiak High on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. 
Loren Holmes

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Each winter on Anchorage’s Jewel Lake, hundreds of families take to the ice to try ice fishing, many for the first time. On the first weekend in February, most of them do it for free.Organized by the Swim Like a Fish Foundation, a nonprofit water safety group, the annual Jewel Lake Ice Fishing Jamboree offers dozens of pre-drilled holes in Jewel Lake, thousands of fish stocked by the state, and free poles, bait and hot chocolate.“There aren’t a lot of outdoor, family-friendly events in the winter,” says Swim Like a Fish president Jeannette Menchinsky, “especially ones that are completely free.”The jamboree is supported by many different groups including the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, who help pre-drill dozens of holes and stock the lake with thousands of fish in the days leading up to the event.Related slideshow: 27th Annual Jewel Lake Ice Fishing JamboreeWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos.
Loren Holmes
For the past 27 years, Anchorage children and their families have been coming to Jewel Lake for the annual Ice Fishing Jamboree. Organized by the nonprofit Swim Like a Fish Foundation, the free event offers children a chance to learn about ice fishing and gives families an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the winter together.

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