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.
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.
The UAA ski team kicked off a week of home-snow competition Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, with a pair of top-10 finishes on the Hillside cross-country trails, which despite early morning rain held up well enough to showcase a two-time NCAA champion skier.
Hundreds of Alaskans participated in the "Rally for Our Troops" at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, prior to a listening session with Army officials who will share community comments and input with senior leadership before any decisions on troop cuts are made.
Dianne and Dave Tydings have operated Dianne's Restaurant on the first floor of what is now the Atwood Building for 25 years. They are closing at the end of the month, but will continue preparing food while operating Dianne's Wild Fork Catering out of another location.
Iron Dog Restart on the water-covered ice of Big Lake on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Thirty-seven two-person teams plan to cover more than 2,000 miles of Alaska wilderness on their way to Nome with a Fairbanks finish next Saturday.
The Anchorage Winter Market is held at the old car dealership building at the corner of 13th Avenue and Gambell Street in Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. The one-day event included food and food trucks, art and craft sales, musical presentations, an ice fishing pond and marshmallow roasting. Other groups are being encouraged to put on their own pop-up events in Anchorage.
Roaring motors and riders in orange helmets clustered under gloomy skies in downtown Anchorage Saturday for the ceremonial start to the Iron Dog snowmachine race, an earnest bid to boost exposure for what’s billed as the longest, toughest race of its kind.
In Hooper Bay, the Native Survivors youth group is reviving old traditions and skills, an effort born out of a desire to stop teens and young adults from killing themselves, to find peace through sewing and friends through dance.
The first 12 miles of Denali National Park road were plowed and opened to motorists recently. The open portion of the road starts near Mile 237 of the Parks Highway and ends at the Mountain Vista parking area near the Savage River campground.