Bob Hallinen
Powerlifters from around the state gathered at South High in Anchorage compete in the Powerlifting Alaska State Championships on Saturday.
Loren Holmes
Now in its 46th year, the day marks one of two days each year when people can drop off up to 1,000 pounds of waste.
Alaska Dispatch News

Pixie's Birth

The Musk Ox Farm in Palmer has come alive this spring with its latest birth on April 27. Pixie Stix was born at 4:34 p.m. and quickly started finding her feet, which took all of thirteen minutes, according to farm director Mark Austin.Musk oxen date back to the Ice Age and are more closely related to sheep and goats than oxen and once roamed the tundra alongside saber-toothed tigers and wooly mammoths. Modern-day musk oxen are believed to have migrated from Siberia to North America up to 200,000 years ago. The Musk Ox Farm’s aim is to preserve these creatures.
Bob Hallinen
The Dimond High girls hosted the Juneau-Douglas High soccer team at Diamond in Anchorage on Friday, May 1, 2015.
Alaska Dispatch
The hike up Mount Baldy, outside of Eagle River, at the end of April was a bit muddy. The ground is still working out the winter's moisture.
Loren Holmes
Some 200 elementary school students descended on Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage on Thursday to explore the watershed and learn about the plants and animals that live there.
Alaska Dispatch News
It's spring in Alaska and breakup has begun. Filmmaker David Brannan captured the beauty of the Tanana River as ice floes are carried downstream and frozen ocean ice finally melts.Breakup takes weeks to unfold, but this year most of the ice on the Tanana River went out on April 26, according to Brannan. Green buds and flourishing tundra fauna are soon on their way.For more breakup information, visit Alaska River Forecast Center’s website.
Laurel Andrews
Three men suspected of stabbing and killing a yearling moose in an East Anchorage park appeared in court Wednesday to face charges of cruelty to animals, wanton waste of big game and tampering with evidence.
Mike Dunham
Devin Kelly
The Chugiak-Eagle River area of Anchorage has produced state legislators, Anchorage Assembly members and school board representatives, but never a serious contender for Anchorage mayor. That was until earlier this month, when Amy Demboski, a Chugiak resident and first-term Assembly member from the district, won a spot in the runoff race. 
Bob Hallinen
Eric and Jill Follett, of the Arctic Orienteering Club, instruct people brand new to the sport during an orienteering class at APU on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. 
Alaska Dispatch News
At remote Round Island, a part of the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary in Southwest Alaska, thousands of walruses crowd the beaches.The site is one of the few where those rare human visitors can see a walrus in the wild.But earlier this year, citing budget issues, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game proposed cutting a 39-year-old monitoring program at the island, which in turn would've cast doubt on the future of tourist visits there.Filmmaker Jonathan VanBallenberghe visited the island, documenting the walruses and other wild animals that that inhabit it, and adding a plea to viewers to help preserve access to the sanctuary.After this film was posted, a group of donors -- ranging from the Alaska SeaLife Center to the Annenberg Foundation -- stepped forward to fund the program for 2015.

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