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Taiwan-based filmmaker Jem Moore shot the breathtaking sights he witnessed while vacationing with his family in Alaska this past June, with striking results. The scenes were shot across the state with his Sony a7s camera. “There are scenes from Kenai River Bend Resort in Soldotna, some from a beach in Homer, from the Kenai Fjords tour out of Seward, the town of Talkeetna, a flight to Denali out of Talkeetna, a flight across Cook Inlet and bear watching on the other side, and finally the bus in Denali National Park as well as our lodgings just north of the park,” says Moore. To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact Tara Young at tara(at)
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KVICHAK BAY -- Last summer, after all the other fishermen had gone home at the end of the Bristol Bay salmon season, Corey Arnold stuck around Graveyard Point. A photographer and commercial fisherman, Arnold described the scene at the old cannery as eerie and empty. When the people left, grizzly bears showed up, a sure sign that it was time for Arnold to leave.The bears just added to the run-down, barren feel of Graveyard Point, the abandoned salmon cannery that serves as home base for about 120 fishermen for six short weeks each summer. They spend their days catching hundreds of sockeye, or red, salmon near the banks.It’s from here -- where there are rusted canning vessels, broken boardwalks and literal human skulls poking out of the ground -- that a group of fishermen are helping to change what it means to catch fish in Bristol Bay.READ MORE: Summer at Graveyard Point
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Bear Fight at Brook Falls Then Bear Jumps Off Waterfall! - Live Camera Highlight is known for its live animal cams that give viewers a peek at animals in the wild across the nation. Walrus, puffins and snowy owls are just a few of the species that can be watched from the comforts of home. Explore may be best known for its live cam of brown bears in Katmai National Park feasting on salmon running up Brooks Falls toward the spawning ground of Lake Brooks. Watch this clip from the live cam of two brown bears fighting at the falls.Read more: Brooks Falls brown bears fish for salmon
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Bristol Bay is home to numerous abandoned canneries that once thrived during the 1930s, '40s and '50s.National Park Service historian John Branson, author of Canneries, Cabins and Caches of Bristol Bay, Alaska, is an expert on the canneries that once dominated the landscape in the area.Branson discusses the hard living of fishing and canning, from the days of fish traps to the heyday of the double-ender sailboats, and what became of the production lines that were once a way of life in Alaska. During peak seasons, the population at the canneries would grow substantially, he says.“Native people would be drawn to them for work, and you had all of the fishermen and the cannery workers coming up and the bosses coming up from Seattle or San Francisco,” he says. Some of the big canneries housed 300 to 400 people during the salmon run.READ MORE: Summer at Graveyard Point
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Photographer and commercial fisherman Corey Arnold has made it his life’s work to document fishing culture. From his years crabbing on the Bering Sea to life at an abandoned cannery in Graveyard Point in Bristol Bay, Arnold focuses on the playful and the often surreal and extreme scenarios commercial fishermen find themselves in.Giant waves, predatory birds, mounds of rope and bloody fish make for pictures Arnold thinks of as "curiosities." "You don't always know what going on, or there's something a little off, strange or something mysterious," says Arnold. "I think that's my goal when I'm taking photos... to create something that the viewer wants to know more about what's going on. The whole story's not totally there."Read more: Capturing a pop-up town: Corey Arnold's images of Graveyard Point
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A vivid time-lapse video posted by the U.S. Geological Survey illustrates how quickly -- over the course just three months, in this case -- the Arctic Ocean can eat away at the country’s northernmost coastline.A camera stationed at Barter Island near Kaktovik between June and September last year shows a typical teeter-totter effect that dynamic weather has on an eroding cliff, but at a rapid rate. First, the top of the bluff starts to slump as the summer sun beats down on it. Then as the pack ice along the shoreline melts and the beach is exposed, storm waves nibble at the bluff’s base. Then the top of the bluff slumps again. At about the 1:40 minute mark, the USGS points out, the camera starts to tilt as the soil decompresses underneath it.Winter freeze-up in Alaska's Arctic is occurring later in the season, while storms are getting stronger, a consequence of climate change, according to the USGS. Without the ice pack to protect the base of the bluff, the teeter-totter could become even more dramatic.It is still unclear how this exchange will affect the ecosystem, but that coastal bluffs are the natural gatekeepers between terrestrial and marine environments, the USGS says.Read more: North Slope coastal erosion rates are among worst in nation, USGS reports
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Austin Schwartz this summer began driving a 1968 school bus around Anchorage, outfitted with the original seats and paint plus a gourmet coffee bar. He specializes in pour-over coffee, and he roasts the beans inside the bus. Throughout summer, Schwartz will bring his Uncle Leroy's Coffee bus to the APU Farmer's Market, Spenard Food Truck Carnival, Muldoon Farmers Market and other locations in Anchorage. The bus is named after his dog, but Schwartz has created a back story for who he thinks Uncle Leroy is, a narrative that complements his business.Like Uncle Leroy's Coffee. Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Shelby Lum at shelby(at)
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The U. S. Coast Guard on Sunday located six mariners whose vessel ran out of fuel in Kuskokwim Bay in Southwest Alaska, and helped good Samaritans in rescuing the stranded boaters.The Coast Guard launched a Hercules HC-130 airplane that relayed the location to an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and the good Samaritans, who provided fuel to the stranded vessel and escorted it to shore, according to a Coast Guard release.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)
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The Brooks Falls Wildlife Viewing Platform at Brooks Camp offers visitors to Katmai National Park and Preserve a rare glimpse of brown bears close up in the wild. Sockeye salmon pass through the site on their return from the ocean to spawning grounds in Lake Brooks.The falls are famous for the brown bears that gather there during  salmon runs in July and September to feed on the plentiful fish. The area is also known for an archaeological site containing some of the oldest human remains in North America, dating to approximately 9,000 years ago.You can watch the Katmai bears at the falls on the Brooks Falls bear cam at this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)
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Sometimes, Raven Vinter prefers not to know where the sled dogs come from.When a rescued animal arrives at the Sled Dog Sanctuary, Vinter’s 40-acre property south of Talkeetna, each dog is given a new name. That way, it's less likely the dog will be recognized in Alaska’s relatively small mushing community. With past names and associations washed away, Vinter focuses instead on giving the dog a fresh start.Touring her property just off the Parks Highway, Vinter, originally from California, explained how she ended up living amid dozens of sled dogs in the Alaska wilderness.“I always wanted to help and make an impact,” Vinter said. That desire has culminated in the 39-year-old dedicating her livelihood to rehabilitating Alaska's abandoned huskies.READ MORE: Alaska's sled dog sanctuary
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WASHINGTON -- Same sex marriage is now legal nationwide, following a ruling issued by the U.S. Supreme Court Friday.A long chain of court cases led the way to the Supreme Court, where Thursday justices ruled 5-4 that the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution requires that states license same-sex marriages and recognize legal marriages performed in other states. The decision reverses the ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.Alaska resident Rebecca Shaffer was in D.C. and captured this video of the moment the crowd outside the entrance to the court learned of the ruling. Read more: In 5-4 vote, Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage is a right
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Bob Hajdukovich, the CEO of Ravn Alaska airlines, flew to his cabin near Healy Lake on June 17 because of reported lightning strikes in the area. While in the area, Hajdukovich captured this footage of aerial tankers deploying fire retardant over the Healy Lake fire. Hajdukovich says he "stayed the night trying to help set up a protection zone around our cabin in case the wind shifted and the fire threatened the structure." MD-80 and BA-146 aircraft played a critical role in saving structures from being destroyed.Read more: Two lightning-caused fires in Interior expected to mergeTo submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News, contact Tara Young at tara(at)