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Riza Brown
Commercial candy aisles not cutting it? Here are some alternative Halloween festivities and treats to indulge in. 
Suzanna Caldwell
Norm Stamper, a former Seattle police chief, and Bill Parker, a former deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Corrections, canvass the Inlet View area of Anchorage in support of the marijuana initiative and the Yes on 2 campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.  
Lisa Maloney
Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs practice wilderness search on the Alaska Pacific University campus on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.
Tara Young
Native rapper Samuel Johns, aka Rebel, premiered his latest music video last week at the 2014 Alaska Federation of Native convention in Anchorage.Johns considers himself a "positive message" rapper, sharing words of inspiration for youth and adults alike. The song "Wake Up," now featured in his latest video, gained him some notoriety earlier this year with its powerful message about waking up to the realities of domestic abuse. It's a plea to women caught in a cycle of abuse to walk away and not “hide behind the makeup." The video resonated at AFN, where the theme for this year’s conference was "Rise As One." Over the course of the three-day event, many talked about the need for Alaska communities to rise up against suicide and domestic violence.Johns also recently debuted another video for his song "Hydz."Watch this video on Vimeo or YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at
Pat Race,Alaska Robotics

AKRN - Dark Money

Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of six Alaska Robotics News multimedia commentaries leading up to the 2014 general election. Look online for new videos each Monday and Thursday.Political advertisements are weird. We're being sold ideas and people like they're the latest in laundry detergent. This is a metaphor which works particularly well for the House race. Don Young is your parent's trusty box of Borax, and Forrest Dunbar is the latest in liquid detergents. Whether you prefer a crusty white powder or an experimental blue gel, it's not hard to see that the real problem isn't with the cleaning agent, we need new fabric.I have friends who don't vote because they feel like it's a losing proposition, that they're playing a rigged game and that they would rather not participate. I can empathize with that sentiment, especially when I look at how much money is wrapped up in these elections. If money is speech, Alaska voters aren't going to be heard over the din.It's hard to keep up with the numbers; things are moving quickly. Last I checked, the Senate race had brought in $16 million to the candidates and $33 million dollars from third parties. It's actuality far more than that but the Federal Elections Commission hasn't updated its numbers since the end of September despite a recent reporting deadline. I'm told this has to do with an archaic system and candidates deliberately dragging their feet by submitting paperwork that has to be transcribed.Digging into the data is educational. You can find it yourself through the FEC's online portal or websites like which try to make the federal data a little more attractive and easier to parse.The dusty, weeks-old data I pulled down from Alaska's Senate candidates revealed that Dan Sullivan received donations from 461 individual Alaskans at an average of $979.65 and Mark Begich received donations from 2,889 individual Alaskans at an average of $322.78. It's important to note that my numbers might not match those provided by the campaigns themselves because I adjusted for individuals who donated more than once, and each candidate also has several small donations that are not itemized.If you generously assume that all the un-itemized campaign contributions are from Alaska voters, then we're still left with just about $2 million coming from me and you. Not that I donated, maybe it's from you? Anyway, that's only 4 percent of the money in play and, in very real terms, it means our senator is probably not working for us.So who are candidates working for? That's where “dark money” comes into play. There's just a whole lot of money out there that doesn't have a name on it. The total amount in Alaska's U.S. Senate race from organizations that don't disclose donors or only partially disclose them is now over $14 million. That's almost a third of the total contributions.I guess I just need to tell our senator that all those anonymous donations came from me, and that I'd like him to prioritize campaign finance reform.Contributors' note: We're working on two more of these segments before the election and we're interested in what you'd like us cover. Drop a comment here or you can always email us at by Pat Race, Lou Logan, Aaron Suring, Jamie Karnik and many others, Alaska Robotics News is a political satire series focused on Alaska. The series was initially funded through Kickstarter and some cash donated in an unmarked brown paper bag. Alaska Robotics is a group in Juneau publishing short films, comics and many other creative works. Follow their projects online at or in person at their gallery at 220 Front Street.The views expressed here are the writer's own and are not necessarily endorsed by Alaska Dispatch News, which welcomes a broad range of viewpoints. To submit a piece for consideration, email commentary(at)
Marc Lester
Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery recently opened on Old Seward Highway in South Anchorage. The nationwide chain features servers in short skirts and bare midriffs.
Alaska Dispatch News

TNL Exclusive: The Northern Light and KRUA Radio interview Bill Nye

KRUA radio in Anchorage and The Northern Light, the student-run paper at the University of Alaska Anchorage, sat down with Bill Nye "The Science Guy" before his Oct. 20 lecture at West Anchorage High School. Nye discussed space exploration, climate change and why his TV show "The Science Guy" was so successful. Nye thinks students must become captivated by science before the age of 7 --  10 at the latest -- because that’s when they are deciding what interests them. Says Nye: “I tell anybody who has the option to teach science it’s great, you have props, you can blow stuff up. You have a huge advantage over history teachers, English teachers, language arts, because you have props. You have things that at first might seem like magic.”
Northwest Nazarene defeated UAA 3-0 in volleyball action at the Alaska Airlines Center on Saturday, October 25, 2014.
Tara Young
For over 20 years the Alaska Federation of Natives has celebrated the many distinct Native cultures from across the state during Quyana, a night of traditional dance.Groups from Barrow to St. Lawrence Island gathered for two nights, and each night seven groups displayed their cultural traditions, values and passions through dance. Some performances are about healing; others are ways to engage youth in the cultures.The sentiment expressed in the 2014 convention theme, Rise As One, was felt throughout the packed house at Anchorage's Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center. Photos: 2014 Alaska Federation of Natives ConventionWatch this video on Vimeo or YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)
Marc Lester
More than 100 women who are incarcerated at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center participated in the “Success Inside and Out” program to prepare for their release.
Loren Holmes
Back for the third year running, Skinny Raven’s Frightening 4K drew over 800 runners to the streets of Anchorage, many of them dressed in elaborate and decidedly un-aerodynamic costumes.
Alaska Dispatch News

Raw: Bear Cub Strolls Through Oregon Drug Store

Shoppers at an Oregon Rite-Aid drugstore were surprised to see a bear cub scampering down the aisles last weekend, as reported by the Associated Press.A bear cub in a grocery store isn't an everyday occurrence, but if the footage seems familiar to Alaskans, there's good reason -- another young, ursine shopper was caught on video raiding the produce section of a Ketchikan grocery store in October 2011.