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U.S. Army Alaska and the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, hosted a three-day small-arms marksmanship competition at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson that ended with a Combined Arms event on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  Military competitors from across the state fired rifles and pistols during the event, held to select teams to represent Alaska at the U.S. Army Small Arms Championship in February at Fort Benning, Ga.  Competitors also had the opportunity to earn the Army's Excellence in Competition badge and gain points toward becoming a Distinguished Marksman.
Tara Young

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It was naptime for Izzy and Oreo as the Alaska Zoo’s brown bears (approximately 700 pounds each) were sedated as part of a University of Alaska Anchorage study about the eating habits of bears.Alaska Zoo veterinarian Riley Wilson, his assistant and daughter Calista, curator Shannon Jenson, and UAA research scientist Matt Rogers gathered blood and hair samples from the two bears for the study.By getting a baseline of the bears in captivity, biologists can compare data with information gathering from the wild and learn more about the dietary habits of brown bears.Watch 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.
Six different players lit the lamp at the Sullivan Arena to lift Service-East to a 6-1 girls hockey win on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, over South-Bartlett.
Lisa Demer
What's now called the Platinum Creek Mine, on the Salmon River near Kuskokwim Bay, dates back to the 1920s but most recently was run from about 2008 to 2012 by XS Platinum Inc. Long-ago operators used a big dredge to dig for platinum and left waste piles that still block the river and tributaries, according to a federal biologist.Photographed August 2011.
Tara Young

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In 2013, Covenant House Alaska held its annual candlelight vigil to acknowledge homeless youths in Anchorage and to show them they are not alone. Josh Louwerse, outreach program director for Covenant House, reminded people that the best thing you can do when encountering a homeless youth is "look somebody in the eye and remind them that they are a person ... that they are important."The Covenant House outreach team goes out on the streets of Anchorage five nights a week to interact with homeless youths and provide supplies, support and information about Covenant House's services.The 2014 candlelight vigil will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 20, at the Anchorage Museum.Watch 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.
Loren Holmes
On Tuesday night, after a six-month deployment in Afghanistan, 159 soldiers returned home to their friends and families waiting for them at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Brian Brettschneider
Dozens of skaters took advantage of good ice and relatively warm temperatures during a day-long skate around the Lynx Lake loop trail in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area near Willow, Alaska, November 16, 2014.
Matt Tunseth
South defeated Dimond in the 4A state volleyball championship match on Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Beth Bragg
Mt. Edgecumbe beat Monroe on Saturday to claim the 3A state volleyball championship at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Marc Lester
Isidra Castro is passionate about her art, but having tattoos cover much of her body has affected her life in some unpleasant ways, she says. 
Megan Edge
Despite the human race’s rare appearances on Tugidak Island, its footprints have been quite large. Over two years, volunteers collected 83,000 pounds of trash, which mostly consisted of marine debris lost or tossed at sea.
Tara Young,Michelle Theriault Boots

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At night, and especially on weekends, Chilkoot Charlie’s is a raucous cauldron of Anchorage nightlife -- the kind of place that traveling salesmen tell stories about for years after they visit. Maybe no other single bar in Anchorage -- or Alaska -- carries quite such an outsized reputation. Koots, as some patrons call it, has attracted its share of controversy over the years. The club has been the site of high-profile incidents of violence and the subject of a few lawsuits.But in the light of day, an unexpected side of the place emerges. Look closely, and you’ll see Chilkoot Charlie’s is more like a museum, albeit one that smells of spilled beer.Read more: Chilkoot Charlie's: A museum disguised as a barWatch 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.

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