Alaska Dispatch News
Released by Algonqin Books just last week, Heather Lende's new book "Find The Good"  has already found a spot on the Pacific Northwest Independent Bestseller List for hardcover nonfiction. 
The Arctic Bicycle Club held their annual Bike for Women at Chugiak High School on Sunday, May 3, 2015.  Nearly 600 participants were signed up to compete on a 9-mile out and back course along South Birchwood Loop Road. Read more: For seventh time, Loan leads packs in Bike for Women
Lisa Demer
The return of millions of birds -- including white-fronted geese and snow geese, mallards and loons, sandhill cranes and tundra swans -- signals spring and the start of rural Alaska’s remarkable spring bird hunt.
Bob Hallinen
Powerlifters from around the state gathered at South High in Anchorage compete in the Powerlifting Alaska State Championships on Saturday.
Loren Holmes
Now in its 46th year, the day marks one of two days each year when people can drop off up to 1,000 pounds of waste.
Alaska Dispatch News

Pixie's Birth

The Musk Ox Farm in Palmer has come alive this spring with its latest birth on April 27. Pixie Stix was born at 4:34 p.m. and quickly started finding her feet, which took all of thirteen minutes, according to farm director Mark Austin.Musk oxen date back to the Ice Age and are more closely related to sheep and goats than oxen and once roamed the tundra alongside saber-toothed tigers and wooly mammoths. Modern-day musk oxen are believed to have migrated from Siberia to North America up to 200,000 years ago. The Musk Ox Farm’s aim is to preserve these creatures.
Bob Hallinen
The Dimond High girls hosted the Juneau-Douglas High soccer team at Diamond in Anchorage on Friday, May 1, 2015.
Alaska Dispatch
The hike up Mount Baldy, outside of Eagle River, at the end of April was a bit muddy. The ground is still working out the winter's moisture.
Loren Holmes
Some 200 elementary school students descended on Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage on Thursday to explore the watershed and learn about the plants and animals that live there.
Alaska Dispatch News
It's spring in Alaska and breakup has begun. Filmmaker David Brannan captured the beauty of the Tanana River as ice floes are carried downstream and frozen ocean ice finally melts.Breakup takes weeks to unfold, but this year most of the ice on the Tanana River went out on April 26, according to Brannan. Green buds and flourishing tundra fauna are soon on their way.For more breakup information, visit Alaska River Forecast Center’s website.
Laurel Andrews
Three men suspected of stabbing and killing a yearling moose in an East Anchorage park appeared in court Wednesday to face charges of cruelty to animals, wanton waste of big game and tampering with evidence.
Mike Dunham