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In the early morning hours of November 3, local photographer Kerry Tasker looked out the window to saw the aurora borealis in the sky. At 3 a.m. he headed out to the bluffs in South Anchorage to record this lovely time-lapse of the northern lights. (Music composed by Anchorage musician Ivan Night).
Tara Young


Being deaf brings isolation, says Randy Rutherford. Sometimes the isolation is self-imposed. “When I got the bad news, I pushed everybody away,” he said. “I locked myself in a trailer and felt very sorry for myself for about seven months.” Eventually he had to leave the trailer and return to the world, however difficult the step might be. “I was getting lonely. I had to get out and meet people.”Rutherford first came to Alaska in the 1960s. He was tending bar at the Gaslight Lounge and made friends with the folk singers who performed on Tuesday nights. They asked him to step on the little stage and sing a song from time to time. He discovered he liked it. “I was looking for any excuse to get on stage.”Then he discovered he was losing his hearing. But although it was hard to understand what people were saying, he continued to hear the call of the stage loud and clear. “I discovered that if an audience is quiet, I can still sing,” he said. He began to craft autobiographical one-man shows. “It’s a heartbreaking love story about when I was a folk singer in Anchorage,” he said. “But it’s also uplifting, inspirational, about coming out, facing the challenges and obstacles of life.”Randy Rutherford performs his latest musical memoir Singing at the Edge of the World at Tap Root November 15-16, 2014 at 7 p.m.Read more: Distant voices: Randy Rutherford's musical memoirWatch 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)
Chugiak-Eagle River won its second game in two nights Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, shutting out South-Bartlett 11-0 at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena.  
Eagle River jumps out to an early lead and hangs on for a 6-4 boys hockey win Tuesday evening, Nov. 11, 2014, in Anchorage. 
Bob Hallinen
A Veterans and Remembrance Day Ceremony was held Tuesday at the Alaska National Guard armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, followed by a Canadian Forces ceremony at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Alex DeMarban
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan slightly increased his lead over Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, and Gov. Sean Parnell made up a bit of ground on challenger Bill Walker in his bid for a second full term, as Alaska election officials Tuesday continued counting thousands of votes in what promises to be a long process.
Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska's photographers explore the state with their cameras in our best of November gallery for 2014. 
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Veterans Enjoying America's Public Lands

To celebrate Veterans Day, the U.S. Department of the Interior crowd-sourced photos of veterans and service members enjoying America’s national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. The resulting video is a montage of photos from across the country of veterans and active-duty service members who find solace, healing and relaxation in the nation's public lands.The images collected range from Gulf Island National Seashore in Florida to Yosemite National Park in California, as well as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Governor's Island National Monument in New York City, and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska. 
Laurel Andrews
Two ice-age infants discovered at an ancient campsite in Interior Alaska are the oldest human remains ever found in the North American Arctic and Subarctic, and among the oldest discovered on the entire continent, according to researchers with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Katie Bausler
This month marks 22 years since our family made the journey from Southern California to Southeast Alaska in a truck carrying two young children, a black lab and camping gear on an Alaska Marine Highway ferry from Bellingham, Washington, to Juneau.  What distinguished us from other passengers was our irreplaceable vehicle. 
Bill Roth
The Alaska Aces’ latest loss, Sunday’s 4-3 setback to the Bakersfield Condors on a last-minute goal, stung them like no other this hockey season.
Bob Hallinen
In two days of competition, nine state records were broken — six by girls and three by boys. And the Dimond boys equaled the record for consecutive team championships by claiming their sixth title in a row. The Juneau girls set the tone for Saturday’s finals. The first event was the girls 200-yard medley relay, and the Crimson Bears broke the record set in 2007 by former Juneau swimmers. Ciera Kelly swam the backstroke, Dakota Isaak swam the breaststroke, Mia Ruffin swam the butterfly and Rielly Walsh swam the freestyle for Juneau, which won the race in 1 minute, 46.75 seconds.