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Alyeska Resort mountain services manager Brian Burnett decided to head out on the Girdwood 5-kilometer cross-country skiing loop during a rainy day in Girdwood last week.With a lack of snow and icy conditions, Burnett figured he would try Nordic skating on the trails.Burnett’s wife Ellie shot this video of him gliding around the icy trails in his finest rain gear.   
A meeting between two hot teams on a snowy Thursday night, Jan. 22, 2015, ended with the UAA women basketball team extending its winning streak while snapping Western Washington's. Inside domination combined with their usual feisty defense carried the Seawolves to their fifth straight win, a 71-58 victory that cooled off Western Washington, which saw its five-game winning streak end. 
Kim Sunée
Here in Alaska, with friends offering up their hunts, I’ve started making this one-pot wonder with a combination of beef and ground moose or caribou.
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According to the forecast, Anchorage, the Matanuska Valley and Susitna Valley can expect between 7 to 14 inches of snow by Friday afternoon. The Kenai Peninsula was forecast to see between 4 to 8 inches of snow by Friday. Additional snowfall was expected in Southcentral on Saturday.
Service’s Bradley Kuper scored the game-winning goal with 4:08 left in overtime to lift the Cougars to a 3-2 Cook Inlet Conference boys hockey win over Dimond on Wednesday night, Jan. 21, 2015, at Ben Boeke Ice Arena. 
Bill Roth
Aircrew and pararescuemen from the 212th Rescue Squadron performed training missions in the Chugach Mountains just east of Anchorage on Wednesday, as members of the squadron prepare to deploy next week.
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Anchorage snowboarder Ryan Stassel took the top spot in the world championship slopestyle competition  in Kreischberg, Austria Wednesday beating former world champion Roope Tonteri of Finland.
Erik Hill
The West High School ski team hosted the Twilight 2x2x2 cross-country ski meet on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at Kincaid Park. 
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WASILLA -- A stubborn fire burning for hours Tuesday morning in a commercial building just outside downtown Wasilla drew a massive response from Matanuska-Susitna Borough firefighters but caused no injuries, authorities say.Reader Ryan Smith shared the video above, which he shot on the way to the gym at about 5 a.m., he wrote.The fire was reported just before 5 a.m. in a two-story building off Wasilla-Fishhook Road near Nelson Avenue that contains Crescent Electric Supply Company and a thrift store, according to Mat-Su emergency services director Dennis Brodigan. Two adults and two children escaped an upper-floor apartment and were getting help from American Red Cross of Alaska.The building also housed the offices for Hope for Heroes Inc., a nonprofit that helps military families and veterans in need.Officials called “just about every piece of fire apparatus between Palmer and Houston” to the scene,” Brodigan said. The incident commander asked for help from Chugiak fire crews at about 7 a.m.READ MORE: 'Four escape injury as fire destroys Wasilla commercial building'
Nat Herz

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JUNEAU -- Gov. Bill Walker says Alaska will tap its savings and cut budgets to get through low oil prices, but in an interview on the eve of next legislative session he was unwilling to call the state’s multibillion-dollar deficits a “crisis.”“I don’t use the word ‘crisis’ having been through some crisis in Alaska,” Walker said. “This is a downturn, this is a serious time to sit down and make some changes within our fiscal structure.”READ MORE: Alaska's fiscal situation not yet a 'crisis,' Walker says
Marc Lester
About 100 lawyers in the Anchorage area and another 60 statewide participated in the Martin Luther King Day Legal Clinic on Monday, January 19, 2014. The event, in its 6th year, allows people in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau a chance to speak with a lawyer about family law, landlord-tenant conflicts, public benefit issues and other topics at no cost.
Tara Young
Obsession Records opened in early December. Its owners say they are making ends meet, but not seeing much of a profit. To them, though, it's about sharing the music. 

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