Marc Lester
The Ultimate Frisbee Friends, a Ski for Women team known for their elaborate, colorful costumes, gathered to patch up and organize some of the outfits they’ve worn over the last decade. For this year’s race, the group plans a retrospective collection.
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The best photos from Alaska Dispatch News photographers and contributors from February 2016.
Laurel Andrews
A lawsuit by the Republican-led Alaska Legislature to halt Gov. Bill Walker’s Medicaid expansion inched forward Thursday morning, Feb. 4, 2016, as both sides made their cases in Superior Court, with the judge telling them not to expect a decision until the end of March. 
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Runup to race time - musher intro 1

The 33rd annual Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race begins Saturday in Fairbanks. Twenty-three mushers will race to Whitehorse, Yukon.The Yukon Quest Trail follows the historic Gold Rush and dog sled routes used for delivering mail before there was an Alaska road system. Each year the race start switches between Fairbanks and Whitehorse.The race has a reputation of being even more treacherous than the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. This video and its sequel are a quick introduction to this year's competitors.
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Eagle River beat South 2-1 in triple-overtime to clinch a berth in the state tournament on Tuesday at Ben Boeke Arena.
Loren Holmes
Prospective parents, alumni and neighbors took advantage of the first day of the Anchorage School District's Visit Our Schools Month on Tuesday. 
Alaskans have spent $184 million on the Point MacKenzie Rail Extension Project but it is $120 million short of completion. Take a tour of what's been built. 
Erik Hill
The Racial Equity Summit is two-day gathering, centered on the theme “Partners for the Next 10,000 Years.”
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Three days after the deaths of Selena Annette Mullenax, 19, and Foriegnne Aubert-Morissette, 20, who were both found Thursday morning at Point Woronzof, volunteers and loved ones gathered to clean up the crime scene and begin coming to terms with their loss.
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The musk ox, a relic of the last ice age, resides in some of the world's harshest climes. Now, a new film captures the animal in the brutal conditions that it calls home.In Between, a short film from German filmmaker Rolf Steinmann, is a beautifully shot documentary of musk oxen in Norway, where a population of the animals were introduced to the Dovrefjell mountain range in the first half of the 20th century. The film carries a heavy-handed message of climate change, but the snowswept landscapes and dim northern light makes it worth a watch, and evoke a chilly world that is easy to imagine resembles that of the ice age.Alaska is also home to an imported population of musk oxen, which were reintroduced to the state in 1930 when a small group of the animals from Greenland was moved first to Fairbanks, then to Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea. Animals from that growing herd were later transferred to other locations in Alaska, and today number about 4,000 in the region.
Bob Hallinen
Area high school students participated in the cross-country skiathlon at Kincaid Park in Anchorage on Saturday, January 30, 2106. The skiers completed two laps on classical skis and two laps on skate skis. 
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Solo backpacking Alaska - Short movie adventure

After his first trip to Alaska, Reinout Arents was so inspired by what he saw and documented, he decided to switch career paths and pursue filmmaking. In September 2015, 18-year-old Arents traveled from Belgium to trek around Alaska solo. According to Arents, “After watching the movie 'Into The Wild' I really wanted to go to Alaska. I was really in love with the idea of living free.”With no plan and little experience backpacking and hiking, Arents decided to be spontaneous and hitchhike to different places, re-supplying every now and then. "Luckily all the people I met along the way were super friendly and supportive.” And the experience was life-changing. “I met a lot of amazing, inspirational people. I camped on glaciers, emergency cabins in the middle of the mountains and all sorts of amazing places,” says Arents.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact the multimedia team at photo(at)