Visitors viewing “Qayat” (“Kayaks”), a new exhibit at the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, will get their first look at one of its star attractions, a single person Alutiiq kayak. The historic traditional watercraft was taken from Alaska around 150 years ago and only returned this spring.
Those Harlem Globetrotters are always making things harder on themselves. The exhibition basketball team is like the anti-San Antonio Spurs, ignoring fundamentals in favor of flare, flash and style. Despite their tendency toward hardwood theatrics, the team has amassed an impressive record against a decades-long slate of pushover opponents. They expect to continue their winning streak during three games in Alaska over the weekend, playing in Anchorage on Friday and Saturday and in Fairbanks Sunday.Not content to just humiliate opponents on the court, Globetrotter Jonathan "Hawk" Thomas decided to wage some psychological warfare against his Alaska opponents before this weekend's games by ignoring the court altogether, posting video of himself sinking two improbable shots from atop the scoreboard and roof of the Alaska Airlines Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage.No word yet if Thomas will be positioned on the scoreboard when he comes off the bench for Friday's and Saturday's games.The Harlem Globetrotters will play at the Alaska Airlines Center at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, and at Fairbanks' Carlson Center at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the arena box offices, or at harlemglobetrotters.com.
Flooding caused by an ice jam on the Yukon River near Eagle appeared to have crested overnight Wednesday -- but meteorologists were monitoring the situation as well as the threat it could pose to another village downriver.
The back door to Dawn Wilcox’s classroom opened quickly as voices carried over the crush of little bodies anxious to find their new forms of transportation.“Where’s mine?” one asked, worried. “I don’t see it.”“Oh, look at mine!” crowed another. “It’s so awesome!”The kids, all third-graders at Russian Jack Elementary, were finally laying hands upon a special gift, courtesy of some dedicated volunteers who put in hours and hours to see this day come to fruition.Read more: Program provides free bikes to thrilled Russian Jack third-graders
Spring reveals itself slowly in Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the United States. In mid-April, the sun sets around 11 p.m., but the temperatures are often in single digits.But it might not be the cold that surprises a visitor as much as the wind. It blows steadily across town, carrying dry snow and drifting against anything in its path, causing tarps to flap and umiaq covers to billow.Just northeast of town, on the road that leads to the high school football stadium and beyond toward Point Barrow, the wind blows even stronger and keeps road grading crews busy scraping drifts aside.In this video, take a look around Barrow in the springtime breeze.More images: Springtime in Barrow