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WEIO is here! Running until Saturday evening at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, the 53rd World Eskimo-Indian Olympics offers thrills, chills and plenty of dancing and arts and crafts.
Michelle Theriault Boots and Bob Hallinen
In the wake of a recent string of deaths in Alaska correctional facilities, the public and lawmakers on Tuesday called for establishing additional oversight of deaths within the corrections system.
Laurel Andrews

Whale vs Pontoon plane - Angoon Alaska

A float plane's near-miss with a whale in the Southeast Alaska community of Angoon was caught on video last week.Thomas Hamm of San Diego, California, shot the video on the morning on July 10. Hamm had been in Angoon on business, he said Monday, and was waiting for a plane to take him back to Juneau when he caught the close encounter on film.Hamm said the video was “just a lucky shot.”Hamm has been to Alaska three times now. “Going up there is like going to another world for me,” he said. The plane, a DeHavilland Beaver, belongs to Harris Aircraft Services. The company is based out of nearby Sitka and flies to a number of communities in Southeast Alaska.Angoon, population 459, is located on Admiralty Island about 55 miles southwest of Juneau and 41 miles northeast of Sitka, according to the Alaska city database. The community is only accessible by boat or float plane, and boasts a seaplane base but no land-based runway. 
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Ten structures have been named the "most endangered historic properties" in Alaska, but saving them is a much more daunting prospect than just identifying them. 
Marc Lester
Craft brewery HooDoo has made a big name for itself in the Interior Alaska city of Fairbanks in recent years, drawing thirsty customers to its brewery and tasting room.
Marc Lester
In Fairbanks, several waste transfer sites are popular places for residents hunt for items to reclaim and recycle. Many people drop off and pick up items under pavilions for reusable goods. Some people search through the dumpsters as well. In this video, four residents talk about what they look for at they look for and what they've found at the dumps in the Interior. READ MORE: In Fairbanks, it's not dumpster diving, it's dump shoppingWatch this video on Vimeo or YouTube and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Marc Lester at
Loren Holmes
The annual Governor's Picnic took place in Anchorage on Saturday, with thousands of people enjoying hamburgers and hotdogs served by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell himself.
Kim Sunée
While picking through squash blossoms to find the fattest blooms (easier to stuff), various people commented on how pretty they were, along with: Are those really edible? How do you eat them? I sighed like a schoolgirl with a crush before going into a long litany of how delicious these blossoms can be.
Anne Raup
Scott Kent was getting ready to go salmon fishing in the Norton Sound when he ran into commercial crab fisherman Frank MacFarland, who was delivering his latest catch.   “He said, ‘I got one of those blue ones,’” Kent, the assistant area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Nome, said in a phone interview.MacFarland held up a crab with a deep lavender shell, the likely result of a genetic mutation. It was a rare discovery, one that thrilled Norton Sound fishery managers and area biologists who said such sightings are few and far between. The red king crab that wasn't red appeared in Nome on July 4.  
Erik Hill
An Alaska Air National Guard pararescue jumper was presented with a Silver Star at a ceremony on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Friday.Master Sgt. Roger D. Sparks received America’s third-highest award for conspicuous valor in combat for his actions during a battle in Afghanistan on Nov. 14, 2010. Sparks and fellow PJ Capt. Koaalii Bailey flew into the Watapur Valley expecting to extract two wounded soldiers when “they were engulfed in a firestorm,” said Air Guard Maj. Joe Conroy in remarks to the crowd assembled at JBER’s Arctic Warrior Events Center.
Loren Holmes
Greg Sanders shot in the 60s for the second straight day in his bid for a fifth state championship and two former champs made their moves Friday at the Alaska State Amateur golf tournament Friday at Settlers Bay.Sanders, whose last state title came in 2012, fired a three-under-par 68 to remain in command with a robust eight-stroke lead. Coupled with a 67 on Thursday, the Anchorage man is 7-under par through two rounds at 135.
The 33-year-old man accused of killing four children and their parents inside a suburban Houston home Wednesday attended an Alaska high school where he was voted homecoming king and class clown.