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Marc Lester
The UAA Seawolf Debate Team and the Alaska Dispatch News hosted a debate on Thursday, October 23, 2014, about marijuana legalization in Alaska.
Mike Dunham
Inevitable fragility is, in a way, what “Groundwork,” a solo exhibit by Anchorage artist Keren Lowell, is all about.
The Alaska Federation of Natives' annual three-day convention -- the biggest Alaska Native gathering of the year – started Thursday morning at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. The conference attracts as many as 5,000 people from Barrow to Kodiak, Nome to Sitka. It’s a huge economic driver for Anchorage, a chance for politicians to mingle and candidates to prowl for votes, a reunion for families and friends and colleagues. It’s a multidimensional event, with a huge Alaska Native art show and two nights of song and dance performances. 
Marc Lester
UAA students and staff gathered in front of the ConocoPhillips Integrated Sciences building to view a partial solar eclipse.
Pat Race,Alaska Robotics

AKRN - Lame Tricks

Editor's note: This is the third 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.Unless you've been hiding in a cave on the moon, you probably caught the Sullivan campaign's advertisement featuring X-Games silver medalist Cory Davis. Davis calls out Sen. Mark Begich for his lame riding skills and inability to fly through the air in slow motion on a quarter-ton sled.I think it's one of the more annoying political ads this year. Davis seems likable, friendly even, and the spot itself has admirable production quality. There's just no substance.At first I thought the commercial might be a more nuanced criticism of Begich, I didn't know the Colville River Road project and thought Dan Sullivan might be implying some more condemnable act. For example, if Begich had taken credit here for a project he didn't work on, that would be a lame trick. But that doesn't appear to be the case.A quick breeze through news archives reveals several articles providing evidence that Begich has been involved in the Colville River project for years and was a big part of making it happen by repeatedly pushing back against the feds.I'm not saying this is a reason to vote for Begich, but I do think we should all be demanding a little more from Sullivan before we hand him the keys to the sled. He's campaigning on hyperbole and sound bites and that shouldn't cut it.I would like to vote for more than a construct built in thirty second increments.Contributors' note: We're working on three 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 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
Spawning salmon can be seen at many places on Chester Creek in a section that runs from University Lake through the Providence Alaska Medical Center campus and across the UAA campus.
Egan Millard
The touring production of "Les Miserables," playing at the Atwood Concert Hall through Oct. 26, mostly delivers on its promise of extravagant excitement.
Bill Roth
Students at Williwaw Elementary School were surprised by Anchorage firefighters and police who provided them with new winter coats after they attended a safety presentation on Monday.
Tara Young
The Tanana 4-H group spoke at the First Alaskan Institute Elders and Youth Conference for the second year in a row. The group talked about drinking and violence in Alaska villages, then challenged the kids at the conference to lead active lives and stop the cycle of abuse. Ashley Nicholia, 17, and Violet Erhart, 12, were among seven girls in the Tanana 4-H group to talk. Cynthia Erickson, the chaperone and group founder, was there to give support and encourage the audience to accept the challenges the group presented to them.Read more: Tanana 4-H girls tell of dysfunction -- and hope for better wayWatch 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)
Laurel Andrews
Audio clips and photographs taken by police at the scene of a Sept. 6 brawl involving the family of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin were released Tuesday by the Anchorage Police Department.
Alaska Dispatch News

Plaintiffs challenging Alaska's same-sex marriage legally wed

Stephanie Pearson, and Courtney Lamb wed in Anchorage on Monday, October 20, 2014. The couple was one of five same-sex couples that sued the state for the right to marry in Alaska.Read more: Plaintiffs challenging Alaska's same-sex marriage legally wed
Alaska Dispatch News

COOLEST SOUND EVER! - [Living in Alaska 43]

YouTube filmmaker Cory “Mr. Safety” Williams, aka DudeLikeHELLA, discovers the bizarre sounds skipping rocks on frozen lakes can create (the rock skipping starts at 3:41)According to Cottage Life, "Ice vibrates up and down, similar to a drumhead or cymbal vibrating after being struck. Different ice produces different sounds: A high-pitched noise when your rock hits the lake likely means you have “clear” ice. This is the glassy, see-through ice that’s formed under cold, still, non-snowy conditions. “Snow” ice -- the opaque ice that forms after snow falls on the surface of the lake, becomes saturated with water and then freezes -- produces a lower-frequency sound, because fine grains in the ice absorb some of the noise."Williams moved to Alaska last August and, along with his girlfriend, has been documenting his adventures. Watch more of DudeLikeHELLAs escapades in Alaska on his YouTube channel. He previously had Internet acclaim through his other YouTube channel SMPFilms, where you can see skits and stunts, including shock collars and mean cats.