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Ten-year-old Sophia Martin, who performs under the name The Girl From the North Country, was born in Valdez but lives in Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island.Sophia has been writing and performing songs on the island since she was seven. Creating the music video for the original song "Stubborn Girl" was a family affair. Martin's mother Katie is featured on guitar and her father Isaac plays mandolin, while her two little sisters and little brother play on the beach nearby. Martin wrote the song on the piano one rainy afternoon with Katie by her side.Martin’s biggest performance to date was at the Alaska Folk Festival this past April in Juneau. She is an avid outdoors girl who shot her first deer at age nine and caught her first salmon unassisted when she was eight. Currently she is off on her first moose hunt. For more information about the Martin family and their lives in Thorne Bay, visit their blog, Steal Away North.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News, contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Scott Jensen

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They’re back for an encore performance. In their second year at the Alaska State Fair, the Knights of Valour storm the Ram Trucks Grandstand at 6 p.m. every day at the fair. Adults get in for $15. Kids entry is $10. This troupe of 18 are in the middle of a three-month tour that takes them all over the United States and Canada. The show begins with a half-dozen knights from the United States and Canada, in full-metal regalia (minus their helmets and shields), riding horses through an obstacle course demonstrating their technical abilities to pick up small rings with the butt-end of a spear. Then they throw the spear at a target, slice apples off the top of poles with sword, and finally grab an 11-foot lance and give the quintaine a whirl. All this tests agility, speed and power.Next, the main event begins. The knights don helmets, pick up shields and put armor to the test. Fans are treated to run after run of horse and knight hurtled at one other. The object is to use the lance to land a perfect strike against the opponent’s shield. The show promoter insists this is all real. Watch the video for more.Alaska State Fair picks: Jousting, lumberjacks and a parade to kick it all off
Alaska Dispatch News
Dimond hosted West in week 3 of Cook Inlet Conference football Friday.
Alaska Dispatch News
Since the dawn of the jet age, Alaska has been a prime spot for presidential stopovers.
Shelby Lum
The 2015 Alaska State Fair began on Thursday, Aug. 27, and runs through Sept. 7. 
Tara Young

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Marya and Garnett Morrow Sr. of Moose Gardens Bed and Breakfast have been competing in the Alaska State Fair since the early 1980s, but have been consistently winning "grand champion" ribbons every year since 1985. The Morrows, their son Garnett Jr. and other family members contribute to the family’s submissions into as many categories as they can possibly enter. Flowers, flower design, wild berries, edible berries and sometimes baking have won the Morrows numerous blue ribbons and at times “Best in Show” and “Extreme Exhibitor.” But Marya says the family’s goal is to win at least one purple grand champion ribbon every year. Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.

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An uncontrolled wildfire in the tiny village of Chiniak on Kodiak Island destroyed several structures, forced evacuations and closed roads in less than 12 hours overnight, authorities said early Friday.  Chiniak residents began evacuating around 11 p.m. Thursday. Early Friday morning, the Kodiak Police Department urged people remaining in the community of about 50 to leave quickly as the fire was moving rapidly.Read more: Wildfire destroys structures in Kodiak Island village, prompts evacuation
Alaska Dispatch News
An uncontrolled wildfire in the tiny village of Chiniak on Kodiak Island, Alaska destroyed several structures, forced evacuations and closed roads in less than 12 hours overnight, authorities said early Friday.
Bill Roth
At Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing is hosting a week-long multinational humanitarian exercise for the first time in North America this week. The biannual Pacific Airlift Rally includes 14 Pacific Rim nations and is intended to sharpen coordination for future humanitarian airlifts.  
Maya Evoy
I tested a couple of different versions of focaccia before landing on the right one.
Bill Roth
Livestock and crops were moved into the barn at the Alaska State Fair grounds in Palmer on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in preparation for the noon opening on Thursday.
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East beat Eagle River in three straight games in Cook Inlet Conference volleyball Wednesday at Eagle River.

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