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A huge third quarter allowed West to break open a close game and coast to a 70-46 victory over Service in a Cook Inlet Conference boys basketball game Tuesday night at Service. 
Tara Young


Tim Buechle says he likes old things -- old planes, old cars and an old way of life. The 54-year-old grew up in Pinconning, Mich., and is now something of an Alaska renaissance man, making a living as a hunting and fishing guide, airplane mechanic and trapper.Buechle has been trapping since he was just 8 years old, when he sought out the men in his community who could teach him to trap.“It was just something natural," Buechle said. "Nobody had to sell me on it, nobody had to tell me. It was just the way I was created, I guess.”His dream growing up was to eventually live in Northern Canada or Alaska. After college and some time spent working in the building industry in Detroit, he decided to finally follow his childhood dream. He sold all his belongings and headed to Alaska. He first drove to the Last Frontier on his motorcycle in 1993 and became a permanent resident in 1999.Buechle built one cabin near the small town of Talkeetna, but also built his dream cabin -- all with indigenous materials -- in a remote area 20 air miles north of the community, in the foothills of the Talkeetna Mountains. Nearby, he has three trap lines on which he traps muskrats, marten, wolverine, fox, coyote, river otter and beaver. Buechle is one of about 8,000 licensed trappers in the state, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and he said he values humane trapping, where the animal is killed as quickly as possible. Buechle lives his life close to nature, and is familiar with all of the animals in his area. During the winter trapping season, Buechle claims he can monitor animal populations just by looking at tracks in the snow. He considers trapping a renewable resource in Alaska, something that, when managed properly, won’t damage overall animal populations.“There is still not a product produced as warm and durable as fur," Buechle said. "Any of the synthetic products can’t hold up. And Lord knows what goes into the process of manufacturing those products.”And unlike trappers of centuries past, when trapping could be a profitable trade, Buechle didn't get into the business for the money.“Trapping won’t make you rich, but if I break even, the lifestyle is my profit,” he said.“It’s truly a way of life,” said Buechle. “It’s a constant adventure and journey. It keeps you alive. It keeps you thinking and adapting. It’s enjoyable to be out with these animals in their environment, matching wits with them.”Watch 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)
Tara Young
“We're trying to catch tuna, mackerel, and other pelagics from the rocks and we’re constantly getting hammered by waves and hooking solid fish ... Basically our average days fishing were so much more exciting then a whole season of the best fishing shows on the telly, so a light just went off in our heads and we said we gotta make a fishing show.”
Bill Roth
HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters were loaded onto a C-5M Super Galaxy on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, as family and friends said their good-bye's to some of the personnel from the 210th Rescue Squadron, maintenance squadrons and support personnel with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing who began to deploy from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 
Tara Young
The Alaska Cannabis Club plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Feb. 24, the day recreational marijuana is legalized in Alaska, owner Charlo Greene said Thursday. But will it be legal?
Beth Bragg
Competitors ran 48 laps while competing in the Half Marathon at The Dome on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.
Bob Hallinen
High school athletes take part in the freestyle cross country ski race at Kincaid Park in Anchorage on Saturday, January 24, 2015. The boys raced 4 laps for 10.2 kilometers and the girls raced 3 laps for 7.6 kilometers. 
Alaska Dispatch News
The nation’s northernmost national park says its new management plan will have to consider the effects of a new industrial road to the mining district of Ambler, the first road that would be constructed within its Maryland-sized boundaries.
The Idaho Steelheads claim an 8-5 win over the Alaska Aces in ECHL hockey action on Friday evening, Jan. 23, 2015, at Sullivan Arena. 
Bob Hallinen
Thirty-two baristas signed up for the Latte Art Competition at Alaska Restaurant Supply, Inc. on Thursday. The competition is sponsored by Caffe D'arte and snacks from local restaurants and marshmallows roasted on fire pits outside were featured. 
Alaska Dispatch News


Alyeska Resort mountain services manager Brian Burnett decided to head out on the Girdwood 5-kilometer cross-country skiing loop during a rainy day in Girdwood last week.With a lack of snow and icy conditions, Burnett figured he would try Nordic skating on the trails.Burnett’s wife Ellie shot this video of him gliding around the icy trails in his finest rain gear.   
A meeting between two hot teams on a snowy Thursday night, Jan. 22, 2015, ended with the UAA women basketball team extending its winning streak while snapping Western Washington's. Inside domination combined with their usual feisty defense carried the Seawolves to their fifth straight win, a 71-58 victory that cooled off Western Washington, which saw its five-game winning streak end.