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Matt Tunseth
European skiers dominated the first day of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association championships on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Kincaid Park. 
Bob Hallinen

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Cal Williams, chaplain of the Chappie James American Legion Post 34 in Anchorage, gave a presentation on the George Harper collection of black history photographs on Thursday, February 26, 2015. The late Harper gathered photographs relating to the history of African-Americans in Alaska, including many photos of the black Army troops who worked on building the Alaska Highway during World War II. The photographs now reside at the University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library. February is Black History Month in the U.S. Watch this video on YouTube and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Bob Hallinen at bhallinen@alaskadispatch.com.
Loren Holmes,Suzanna Caldwell

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As an Anchorage cardiologist, Mark Selland has an impressive resume: medical school, internships, cardiology fellowships. But he also has an impressive resume when it comes to outdoor escapades. He’s skied over the Harding Ice Field from Seward to Homer, traversed the Brooks Range, floatHe says ed through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and climbed an impressive number of peaks -- notching six of the Seven Summits (he’s missing Australia’s Mount Kosciusko), including Everest and Denali.But for Selland, running the Iditarod, as he plans to this year, isn’t about checking another accomplishment off a list.“This is not a bucket list,” he said in an interview last week. “I don’t have a bucket list of things I want to do.”Read more: Anchorage cardiologist's unlikely journey to Iditarod adventureWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos from The Last Great Race.
Alaska Dispatch News

Huslia Half-Way Checkpoint for the Iditarod 2015

The Interior Alaska village of Huslia holds a special place in the world of sled dog racing, famous for mushing legends including George Attla, Jimmy Huntington and Warner Vent.But it's never been a checkpoint for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.That's changing this year, and residents are thrilled. The Athabascan Woman Blog reported on the trail and preparations the community is making to host its first-ever Iditarod race.Read more: With a long history of mushing, tiny Huslia prepares for its first Iditarod
Bob Hallinen
Mariano Gonzales' gave a sneak preview of his already-controversial show, “A Man in the Shadows,” at his home earlier this month. 
Alaska Dispatch News

Uptown Funk U.S. Ski Team Style

Members of the U.S. Nordic ski team, including Anchorage's Kikkan Randall, strut their stuff to the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars hit “Uptown Funk” in this video, which was produced in hopes getting fans excited about the 2015 Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. It seems to have worked -- the video has over a million views and 10,000 likes on the team's Facebook page.The video was choreographed by sprint world champion Jessie Diggins and shot in Switzerland and Sweden, where the team is currently training.
Tara Young

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GIRDWOOD -- On Tuesday, Alaska became the third state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. It turned out to be both a historic moment and a deeply understated occasion.With retail pot sales still at least a year off and public consumption banned, people who marked the moment mostly did so in private.But at one rented condominium up a gravel road in Girdwood, legalization day was cause for an all-out party.Alaska Green Cross, an organization devoted to cannabis advocacy, hosted the event, billed as a “Thanks and Treats Dinner.”Read more: In Girdwood, marking a historic moment with plenty of now-legal potWatch this video on Vimeo or YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Mike Dunham
“Déjà Vu All Over Again in Chicken, Alaska” is being billed as the 25th anniversary of the Fur Rondy Melodrama. Dennis Sullivan, who plays the villainous Throckmorton Dirtbag, has been in 24 of them.
Zaz Hollander
Willow firefighters say they’ve agitated to raise local taxes to make essential upgrades. But, they say, they’ve been stymied by opposition from the very people supposed to be on their side: the three-person board of supervisors that runs the local fire service area. 
Beth Bragg
Skiing on its home trails, the UAA ski team shined on a sunny Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Kincaid Park, landing one man and two women in the top five of the Seawolf Invitational’s classic-technique race. 
Suzanna Caldwell
Greg Kohs’ independently produced documentary follows four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey along the 2013 trail, where he went on to place 19th. It also traces back to his early life, with family interviews, including dad and 1978 Iditarod champion Dick Mackey, along with his hard-scrabble rise over the years to becoming a legendary dog musher.Kohs said the family relationship drew him to the story, and he believes it will resonate with viewers unfamiliar with Mackey. Kohs first worked with Mackey years earlier when he did a short film for the Livestrong Foundation on Mackey overcoming cancer.He said they had full access to the musher, though at times working with his schedule -- which is notoriously fluid -- proved difficult. In an effort to follow Mackey along the trail, Kohs chartered a fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter to reach remote areas.Being able to get to those portions of the trail gave Kohs a sense of what the race is really like and the inspiration for the film's title.“It felt like ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ out there,” Kohs said. “A desert of snow, and he was this figure out there going across it. It felt right.”An Anchorage showing is scheduled for March 4 at the Bear ToothTheatrepub,
Tegan Hanlon
Goldenview Middle School music teacher Dan Whitfield had always taught five classes, but this year he and the rest of the middle school elective teachers in the Anchorage School District have been required to teach for six out of the day’s seven periods. It's not a sustainable workload, Whitfield says.

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