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Suzanna Caldwell
Despite temperatures in Fairbanks, Alaska dipping toward 40-below zero Saturday, scientists waded into the slushy Chena River, nets in tow, collecting a handful of mallard ducks and bringing them back to a makeshift lab downtown.
Alaska Dispatch
Even when it's packed with tourists, Fletcher's has an old Anchorage charm.
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Ronn Murray of Ronn Murray Photography captured incredible footage of northern lights Sept. 4, 2014.  He was giving a tour to a small group of aurora first-timers who, as you can hear in the video, were thrilled at the light show before them. Murray said, “We still get excited about a display of this magnitude despite years of doing this. But the true magic is in showing this to first-timers.”Murray predicts that tonight and tomorrow night will trump that light show and possibly be the best show of the season. If you can't see aurora from your area, you can always tune in to Murray's live aurora webcam.
Marc Lester
The colors of autumn brighten the landscape in the Anchorage area and beyond. 
Alaska Dispatch News

Slednecks | 'Welcome to Alaska!' Official Promo | MTV

Set your DVR and crack a PBR: "Slednecks" is coming.Originally billed as an Alaska reboot of the canceled "Buckwild," MTV's "Slednecks" promises to showcase the best of northern ingenuity as it documents the lives of young people who enjoy consuming alcohol, engineering unconventional watercraft, engaging with wildlife, and appreciating the out-of-doors.Often unclothed, if the "Welcome to Alaska!" promotional video is any indication.(The video also depicts cast members feeding moose, which, as MTV corporate may not be aware, is against the law. Presumably it is not the only legally-questionable activity in which the young protagonists will engage.)"Slednecks" drops Oct. 30 on MTV. 
Alaska Dispatch News

First underwater video of one of Franklin's historic shipwrecks

It’s been more than 160 years since Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic voyage, in which two of his ships, the Erebus and the Terror, were deserted at sea after being trapped in the ice. The wreckage was discovered earlier this month, a find that John Geiger, chief executive officer of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, called "one of the two most important undiscovered shipwrecks in the world."This is the first footage of one of the expedition ships -- it is unclear which one -- captured by​ Parks Canada’s underwater archaeology team. 
Erik Hill
The U.S. Women’s Eagles Sevens rugby team is spending a week training at the Alaska Mountain Rugby Grounds above Potter Marsh on the Anchorage Hillside. 
Loren Holmes
On Wednesday afternoon, 56 young girls and their nervous parents waited in a church foyer while each family went, one at a time, into a room to audition for the Anchorage Concert Association’s production of Les Misérables.
Alaska Dispatch News
Cirque Mechanics is a distinctive circus experience, its inspiration based in American mechanical ingenuity. The show utilizes inventive aerial devices that showcase the relationship between the acrobatic and mechanical worlds. Cirque Mechanics wowed audiences with its show at the 2014 Alaska State Fair.
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During the Palmer Invitational on Sept. 6, Allie Ostrander of Kenai ran a nation's best time of 16:40 in the 5-kilometer cross-country race, clipping four seconds off her speedy time two weeks earlier. The second-fastest girl in the nation, Sarah Kettel of Michigan, is a whopping 46 seconds slower than the Alaskan.  At Palmer, the fleet Ostrander, a senior, finished more than two minutes ahead of runner-up Olivia Hutchings of Soldotna. Her time was the fifth fastest of the day, beating all of the times in the Class 1-2-3A boys race and all but four of the times in the Class 4A boys race.Ostrander is one of the greatest Alaska high school runners ever. In recent months she has:• Become the first girl to win the overall junior Mount Marathon crown in Seward on July 4.• At the Alaska high school track and field championships, wiped out not only the 2003 state record in the girls 1,600-meter race set by Kris Smith of West, and bettered the 1977 mile record set by Betsy Haines of East. Ostrander finished that race in 4 minutes, 49.47 seconds, taking five seconds off her previous PR (4:54.82), erasing Smith's time of 4:55.89 from the state record book.• The previous day, Ostrander won the 3,200 in 10:13.87 to break the 1986 state record set by the legendary Kristi (Klinnert) Waythomas of Kodiak. 
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On Tuesday, independent candidate for Alaska governor Bill Walker and Democratic candidate Byron Mallott formally announced that they would join forces in a unity campaign for the state's top executive office, in an unusual and historic bid to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell. News of the unity campaign came out on Labor Day, as the state's Democratic committee held a vote on whether to allow the move. Mallott, the party's choice for gubernatorial candidate will instead run for Lieutenant Governor, while Walker, a registered Republican, will drop that party's registration and become independent.
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Vanishing World

Newtok has been sinking into the sea slowly but surely. This rural village of approximately 300 people, predominantly Yup'ik Eskimo, needs to relocate before the village is submerged.The permanently frozen subsoil known as permafrost that many villages in Alaska are built on is slowly melting due to the warming ocean temperatures. With the shoreline receding, villages are vulnerable to powerful storms that continually erode the landscape around them. According to reporting by New York Times, studies say Newtok, already below sea level, could be washed away within a decade. Along with the villages of Shishmaref and Kivalina farther north, Newtok has been the hardest hit of about 180 Alaska villages that suffer some degree of erosion.