Marc Lester
With the end of the 2015 session of the Alaska Legislature approaching, lawmakers were busy with a full day of committee meetings and floor sessions at the State Capitol in Juneau on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Bob Hallinen
Jeff Young trains for the Boston Marathon on Wednesday, April 14, 2015, at Clark Middle School track. 
Loren Holmes

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The idea of friendly competition isn’t just something Native Youth Olympians talk about. It’s all they talk about.“It’s weird how competing against someone else will bring you together, but it really does,” explained Madeline Ko, who won the two-foot high kick during Friday’s competition at the Alaska Airlines Center.As is custom at the annual cultural and Native games competition, which concludes Saturday, athletes seemingly spent more time making friends with opposing teams and urging on fellow competitors than they did worrying about their own performances. In the final event of Friday’s competition, two-foot high kick participants invariably gathered in small groups of athletes from different teams, discussing strategy or giving last-minute hints to their opponents.The unusual collaboration between athletes is part of what makes the event special, explained Tim Blum, communications director for Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC), which organizes the games with the help of more than 50 corporate sponsors and partners.“They really help each other out,” Blum said.Read more: Friendly competition the essence of NYO
Erik Hill
Feeling the pinch of the state budget crisis, the Alaska Department of Public Safety announced this month that the state is closing Alaska State Troopers posts in Talkeetna and Girdwood this year. 
Loren Holmes
When the UAA Architecture and Engineering Club (AE Club) wanted to give back, they decided to throwback, all the way to the 1980’s.
Lisa Demer
With hundreds of dancers, drummers and singers, with 400 volunteers, with thousands of spectators, Bethel’s Cama-i Dance Festival kicked off Friday afternoon in a whirl of color and a steady beat of drums.
Marc Lester
On Friday, Gov. Bill Walker made good on his promise and vetoed a bill sponsored by House Speaker Mike Chenault that would have limited the state's natural gas pipeline options. But Walker may also be facing a setback to his agenda: The Legislature appears increasingly unlikely to vote on Medicaid expansion before the scheduled finish of its 90-day session on Sunday.​
Ron Wilmot

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The historic Motherlode Lodge in Hatcher Pass was engulfed in flames Friday evening, and firefighters were letting the building burn because it was outside any fire service area. The Motherlode is "probably a total loss," said Norm McDonald, fire management officer for the Alaska Division of Forestry in Palmer. Two forestry engines responded, but only to make sure no surrounding areas burned. There's still enough snow in the area that fire spreading to nearby grass or trees wasn't an issue, McDonald said. Forestry crews were concentrating on traffic control Friday night as they watched flames consume the beloved local institution, home to events like weekly jazz nights and weddings. "There's a lot of memories in that place," he said. Read more: Motherlode Lodge in Hatcher Pass burns
Alaska Dispatch News
The historic Motherlode Lodge in Hatcher Pass was engulfed in flames Friday evening, and firefighters were letting the building burn because it was outside any fire service area. 
Marc Lester

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With just days left in the 2015 session of the Alaska Legislature, lawmakers are busy discussing and voting on dozens of bills. Four legislators from the Alaska House of Representatives explain bills that they’ve sponsored.
Loren Holmes
Athletes from around the state competed in the 45th Native Youth Olympics at the Alaska Airlines Center on Thursday.
Bob Hallinen
Momentum Dance Collective rehearses Impact on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at a former church on Spenard Road. Impact will be performed at five Anchorage locations on April 17-18 and 23-25. 

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