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Art Wolfe, host of the PBS series Travels to the Edge, leads photography workshops worldwide. He was recently overseeing a workshop near Kukaklek Lake in Katmai National Park when he experimented with his GoPro and captured video of bright-red sockeye salmon.Wolfe is best known for his still photography; his latest book is called Earth Is My Witness. To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact Tara Young at tara(at)
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Bear Cools Down in Vancouver Couple's Pool (Storyful, Animals)

What to do on hot day in Canada? If you’re a black bear in northern Vancouver, you might take a dunk in the pool. Tony Diering and his wife Denise got a surprise when they saw a black bear jump into their pool Monday Aug. 17, 2015. The swim lasted approximately 15 minutes, and the bear also made its way to the hot tub before taking off. This was the Dierings' second encounter with the bear in a month. During the previous visit, the bear ate birdseed out of a bird feeder.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact Tara Young at tara(at)
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Bryan Keith, a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, visited the Kenai Peninsula in June 2015 to earn his floatplane pilot rating. During his downtime, he and fellow pilot/filmmaker Shane McClafferty took the opportunity to film the incredible landscape. Keith's travelogue was shot primarily on the Kenai Peninsula, including Moose Pass and Seward, as well as Girdwood and Lake Hood in Anchorage.“It was my first of hopefully many trips to your beautiful state,” Keith said.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact Tara Young at tara(at)
Shelby Lum


David Assard, 82, survived a crash after his Navy patrol plane was shot down by Russian jets in 1955. The crew of the plane was rescued by Siberian Yupik National Guard members on St. Lawrence Island.He recounted his story during a trip to the Prince William Sound Museum in Whittier on Aug. 8, a visit hosted in part by the Prince William Sound Economic Development District.Read more: Survivor of attack returns to thank villagers who rescued himWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)
Tara Young,Mike Dunham


Icey Ives is a B-Boy, and not just a Friday night wannabe. On Saturday, Aug. 22, he’ll represent Alaska at the Red Bull BC One North America Final in Orlando, Florida. Billed as “the world’s largest and most prestigious one-on-one B-Boy competition,” the Red Bull contest features 16 dancers from the U.S. and Canada in an all-out throw-down to see who goes to the international championship in Rome on Nov. 14.Ives practiced his moves in the dance studio at the Spenard Recreation Center last Thursday. To the hip-hop pulse of a mix tape he sidled smoothly across the floor, head level, torso straight and steady while his feet wove around with the speed and articulation of the fingers of a sign language adept. Then he broke into the exciting stuff.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at) more: Anchorage B-Boy heads to national competition in Florida 
Tara Young


Chef and author Kim Sunée shows us how to make a parfait with wild Alaska rhubarb.Rhubarb compote:Remove leaves from rhubarbChop stems into small piecesMix 4 cups rhubarb to one cup sugarAdd a splash of lemon juice and vanillaStir while cooking over medium heat for approximately 5 minutesTo create parfait:Layer yogurt, crème fachise or whipped cream with peanuts or pistachios, a layer of rhubarb compote and drizzle honey. Repeat layers. Top with nuts before serving for a little bit of crunch. Rhubarb and onion compoteRecipe by Kim Sunée from “A Mouthful of Stars”1 tablespoon olive oil1 cup sweet onion, halved and sliced4 cups fresh, chopped rhubarb1/2 cup granulated sugar1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice1/2 tablespoon pink peppercorns or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, reduce heat to medium and sauté, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add rhubarb, sugar, salt, and lemon juice. Stir and let cook on medium-low heat 10 minutes or until tender and jam-like. For Pink Peppercorn Onion and Rhubarb Compote: Stir in pink peppercorns after rhubarb has cooked 10 minutes; garnish with more pink peppercorns, if desired.For Vanilla Rhubarb and Onion Compote: Stir in vanilla after rhubarb has cooked 10 minutes. Or, scrape half a vanilla bean into rhubarb and stir to combine. Related video recipe: Pan-seared wild salmon with pistachio and herbs
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Visiting Alaska from Chicago this summer videographer Casey Klaus brought along his underwater camera to document a scuba dive with Dive Alaska. During his ocean adventure out of Resurrection Bay in Seward, Klaus saw sea stars, anemones, sea urchins and jellyfish.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact Tara Young at tara(at)
Lisa Demer,Loren Holmes


KWETHLUK -- Constructed a year ago on the old airstrip, Kwethluk's $200,000 skatepark stands out as a rural Alaska novelty and also as something more.Those behind the project call it a fun place for children and teens to become healthy, fit and confident. It also injects a hip skateboarding scene into a rich, traditional Yup’ik Eskimo culture where the modern sport of choice long has been basketball and families still get salmon, moose and berries for their winter’s food.“It takes you out of mainstream ways of thinking and lets you look at the world differently,” said Brian Berube, the driving force for the park.The nearby Western Alaska hub of Bethel has a noisy metal skateboard park. Kwethluk’s is quiet and state-of-the-art. It may be unique for a village in rural Alaska.Whether it will bring a lasting impact, no one knows. It’s good for now, most people say. Read more: Kids in Yup'ik village of Kwethluk embrace the art of skateboarding Watch this video on YouTube or Vimeo, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more ADN videos.
Erica Martinson

President Obama Previews His Upcoming Trip to Alaska

President Barack Obama will use his trip to Alaska later this month as the backdrop of a message to the world about climate change, he announced in a video message Thursday.Obama plans to take his trip beyond the streets of Anchorage and will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Alaska's Arctic, a White House official said today.“In Alaska, glaciers are melting. The hunting and fishing upon which generations have depended -- for their way of life, and for their jobs -- are threatened. Storm surges once held at bay now endanger entire villages. As Alaskan permafrost melts, some homes are even sinking into the ground. The state’s God-given natural treasures are at risk,” Obama said in the video address.Read more: White House video previews Obama's visit to Alaska
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2m Wedge-Tailed Eagle takes down Drone. Watch it Punch it out of the sky - Australia (Eagle is Fine)

A drone flown by Melbourne Aerial Video photographer Adam Lancaster in Australia was filming when a wedge-tailed eagle knocked it out of the sky. According to Lancaster, the eagle wasn't hurt."She was massive and used talons to 'punch' the drone out of the sky. Hung around overhead, so I got a really good look. Eagle's health was my main concern.”Lancaster added, "If you see a bird of prey while flying. Land. I have added this to my operating procedure.”To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact Tara Young at tara(at)
Shelby Lum


Since 1984, John Kagerer has been a staple in the music repair industry in Anchorage. He estimates he has bought and sold 10,000 to 20,000 instruments at his Horn Doctor shop while building a collection of his own. Over the weekend, Kagerer hosted a garage sale outside of the Horn Doctor that he and his wife, Barbara, own and operate. At the sale, musicians and artists wandered among cases of horns looking for something to salvage and play, or even something to hang on a wall as a piece of art. At the shop, Kagerer works as a technician, bringing vintage instruments back from the brink of disrepair for loving owners. He sometimes fabricates pieces and buttons that are no longer made or checks his massive stock of parts for the right piece. As his collection has grown, the Horn Doctor store has as well. The business has gone through three buildings and an expansion.  Kagerer says he plans to continue the garage sale through the back of the store to continue to make room on his shelves and in his closets. 
Tara Young


A shortage of salad shrimp caused by crashing Atlantic Ocean stocks has small fish processor Tonka Seafoods trying to restart a fishery that was once a mainstay in the Southeast Alaska town of Petersburg.Salad shrimp are small, cold-water shellfish. Also called pink shrimp, about 125 fit in a 1-pound package. While Americans prefer larger, warm-water varieties, salad shrimp are extremely popular in Iceland, Norway and Sweden.But warming North Atlantic waters have depleted European stocks and shut down several fisheries on the East Coasts of Canada and the United States. In Europe, prices have jumped from $5 per pound in 2005 to $15 per pound.Alaska is home to one of the most prized species of salad shrimp, Pandalus borealis. In Petersburg, Tonka Seafoods has just three boats permitted for salad shrimp fishing, but is looking for more as demand for the Alaska species soars.Read more: Big boom for tiny shrimp in PetersburgWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)