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Sean Doogan
About 200 paratroopers dropped out of the sky above Big Lake in Southcentral Alaska Wednesday morning, part of a water landing training exercise that was the first conducted in the state in three years.
Bill Roth
Distance runners from around the world compete in the Six Days in The Dome ultramarathon event in Anchorage on Tuesday evening, August 5, 2014.
Dermot Cole
Alaska’s top elected officials gathered along the Tanana River east of Eielson Air Force Base on Tuesday to mark the completion of the longest bridge in Alaska, expressing hope that someday it will be part of a railroad connection to Canada and the Lower 48 -- though there is no money for that now.
Bill Roth
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy and the Cutter Mustang were open for public tours in Seward as the Coast Guard celebrated its 224th birthday on Monday, August 4, 2014.
Lisa Maloney
Berry pickers hit the slopes of Alpenglow Ski Area at the end of Arctic Valley Road in the Chugach Mountains on Sunday, August 3, 2014, to harvest both blueberries and blackberries.
Mike Dunham
Five of the six living former mayors of Anchorage joined the city’s current chief executive for an autographing marathon Tuesday morning. The purpose of the event was to get their signatures on 550 prints commemorating the 100th anniversary of Anchorage.
Erik Hill
The three major candidates for U.S. Senate in this month’s Alaska Republican primary turned their attention to social issues Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at a debate in Eagle River hosted by the local conservative Christian group Alaska Family Action. 
Tara Young,Megan Edge

Julie Riley began working with refugees at a quaint Mountain View garden at McPhee Park, officially named Fresh International Gardens, in 2007. This year she has been working with a group of Nepali-speaking Bhutanese, who fled their home country of Bhutan after years of poverty, repression and civil war."Some of the people I have talked to, who are a part of this program, have said 'men came with guns. They burned my house. I had to flee with two babies on my back,'" said Riley.According to Riley, the program provides opportunity for "Anchorage's newest residents" to make change, practice their English and become part of the local community.On one July day this summer, Anita Gurung and her family were among the gardeners. With smiles on their faces, they pulled root vegetables out of the ground to sell at a local farmers marketWhen the gardeners harvest the plants, they listen carefully to Riley. She is a horticulturalist with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, and she suggests how much to put in each bundle of their product and suggests prices at which to sell them. The program is administered by the CES and Catholic Social Services Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services. Gurung said she's not sad about leaving Bhutan, but her parents are. She said they left their homes, their land -- "everything.""My son was just born in 1990," said Bhai Subba. "The Bhutan government, they say that after two months you guys have to leave. They say if we don't maybe they gonna kill. And then we just leave."The gardeners sell the fresh vegetables and herbs in the parking lot of the Northway Mall in East Anchorage from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesdays, and at the Spenard Farmer's Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Tara Young,Suzanna Caldwell

NEWHALEN -- George Hornberger is a man on a mission: Get his tiny community totally off of diesel fuel power generation.Hornberger’s background isn’t in electricity. For years he was a bush pilot for Iliamna Air Taxi, flying people between remote communities in the Bristol Bay region. It’s probably fairer to say his background is in efficiency.After retiring from flying, he admitted he was frustrated after learning that the electric cooperative wasn’t running effectively. So he went to his longtime friend, INN Electric Cooperative board president Tinny Hedlund, and told him if he couldn’t get anyone to run the hydro plant, he’d do it himself.Hedlund said to go for it, and now the small village electrical co-op he runs in Southwest Alaska is showing big savings.Hornberger runs INN -- Iliamna Newhalen Nondalton -- Electric, a tiny village electric cooperative on the north shores of Iliamna Lake. Between the three communities, it serves approximately 600 people, using primarily a hydropower project tucked into the mountains about 12 miles north of the lake’s edge.Read more: After almost 20 years, Iliamna hydro project finally hits its strideWatch 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)alaskadispatch.com.
Alex DeMarban
Exxon Mobil Corp. now holds the reins to a pair of projects considered pivotal to the state’s future, putting the global oil giant in an odd position: In addition to producing hydrocarbons, it’s working to regain public trust.
Sari Horwitz | Washington Post
A child’s murder last year in Kake -- and the 11-hour wait for troopers to arrive -- show how help comes slowly and public safety is often in short supply in rural Alaska.
Bob Hallinen
The dumpsters of Bethel are canvases for public art and billboards for public health. They are where residents are supposed to throw away garbage, but their value extends beyond function.

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