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Brent Sass Wins the 2015 Yukon Quest

In a topsy-turvy finish to the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest, Brent Sass of Eureka gave up a seemingly insurmountable lead and then came from behind in the home stretch to capture his first major sled-dog racing title late Monday night.Sass passed Allen Moore of Two Rivers about midway through the final 72-mile run to the finish line in Fairbanks and hung on to win in a total time of 9 days, 12 hours, 44 seconds before a big turnout in downtown Fairbanks. He finished just before 10:52 p.m. with 12 dogs in harness. Moore was second.Moore was seeking his third-consecutive victory, but wound up with his second heartbreaking loss in the last four Quests. In 2012, Hugh Neff of Tok came from more than hour behind at the penultimate checkpoint to nip Moore by 26 seconds and win the closest Quest in history.READ MORE: Sass captures Yukon Quest title
Alaska Dispatch News
With the lack of snow this year in Southcentral Alaska, many people have turned to ice skating to satisfy their need for outdoor adventure.On any given weekend Westchester Lagoon is flowing with families sliding on the ice.One recent weekday morning, with the temperature around minus 5 degrees, Alaska Aerial Media captured footage of a few skaters who got to enjoy the lagoon mostly to themselves.
Megan Edge


The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued four fishermen early Monday from the Savannah Ray fishing vessel in Chiniak Bay near Kodiak Island.A broken Mayday message received by the Anchorage Coast Guard sector stated the crew members had put on survival suits, deployed life rafts and needed assistance after their vessel ran aground, the Coast Guard wrote in a press release.The Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak deployed its MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, which was able to bring the fisherman to safety.At the time the vessel ran aground, seas were at 11 feet and winds were blowing 51 mph, the Coast Guard wrote.   
Alaska Dispatch News
It seems like every time it snows, Anchorage car dealer, snow machiner and filmmaker Sergey Nefedov bumps into a group of miners from Lucky who head to Hatcher Pass for backcountry powder. On Jan. 25, 2015, Nefedov brought along his drone and captured Tanner Benson noboarding at Willow Creek.Noboarding, or powder surfing, is similar to snowboarding, except that it utilizes a modified board that has no bindings, to give sliding on the snow the closest feeling to surfing possible.
Loren Holmes


Bosco’s, Anchorage’s locally owned comic and game store, celebrated the opening of its new larger location on Saturday with swords, dragons and costumes.“Over the past 30 years, the geek culture has changed,” said John Weddleton, a co-owner of Bosco’s. “Like we’ve transformed this old, beat-up car wash (into the new Bosco’s), our culture has transformed. Instead of being the odd man out, we are ascendant.”Local cartoonist Lee Post attended the opening and was looking forward to seeing the community space grow. “I’m really excited to have a neat community space where people can come and hang out, a safe place where kids can come and have fun.”The new Bosco’s is located at 2301 Spenard Road, a few blocks north from its previous location.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more of our videos.
Alaska Dispatch News

Bear Goes for a Roll in the Hay

Hugo the 200-pound grizzly bear was rescued by snowmachiners in Kotzebue, Alaska, in 2000. The bear was discovered malnourished and covered in porcupine quills, unable to fend for herself. Hugo has since become a permanent resident of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Anchorage and has been thoroughly enjoying her playtime.
Bill Roth


Adah Davis, 7, reacts to watching her father, Palmer farmer Alex Davis, have his head and beard shaved by barber Scott Theis in the Mall at Sears on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, to commemorate the birthday of his infant son Gideon, who died three years ago from a rare pediatric cancer. Davis will host a head shaving fundraising event in the mall on April 15 to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research. Davis said, "every three minutes, a child is diagnosed with pediatric cancer."  
Craig Medred


(Video courtesy Andrea Huisman)Forget his crippling canine deformities -- little General is one lucky dog. In the Alaska of old, his life would have been measured in hours. In the wild, he might have made it a day or two until his mother discovered he couldn't walk.Cute as a button at birth, General sadly came into the world lacking the use of his front legs. A dog like that is doomed in the natural world, and people living subsistence lifestyles can't afford to sacrifice resources to support a dog unable to work for a living.General, however, was blessed to be born into the family of Andrea Huisman. When she decided the family couldn't support him, she put an ad on in Fairbanks looking for a responsible family who could.The ad went viral and the world opened its heart. More than 100 offers to take General in have come from across the country.Read more: The luckiest little dog in Alaska
Marc Lester


Only once in its 42-year history has the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race not started from Southcentral Alaska.In 2003, a lack of snow forced organizers to move the restart to Fairbanks. Instead of setting out from Willow, mushers and their teams left from the Chena River, passing under bridges and past the historic steamboat Discovery.Late Tuesday, the Iditarod board of directors voted unanimously to move the restart to Fairbanks for the second time, citing poor snow coverage on rugged portions of the tradition race trail. A ceremonial start is still scheduled for Anchorage.Read more: Iditarod board moves race restart from Willow to Fairbanks
Alaska Dispatch News
Twenty-six mushers and their teams of sled dogs headed out of Whitehorse, Yukon, on Saturday for the start of the 2015 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. The annual 1,000-mile race runs between Whitehorse and Fairbanks and is billed as the “toughest sled dog race in the world."
Alaska Dispatch News

What it Looks Like to Climb Frozen Niagara Falls

Internationally renowned ice climber Will Gadd made history by being the first person to ever ascend Niagara Falls.Numerous people have descended the famous falls over the years, but Gadd was the first to climb the frozen falls.Gadd made the climb naturally, without interfering with the landscape."No bolts. There won't be one thing left in the ice that wasn't there to begin with, and that's the best possible way to do it,” Gadd told Red Bull reporter Josh Sampiero. The line that Gadd followed was part of the American side of the Horseshoe section of Niagara Falls. The massive waterfall made for an intense environment, with 150,00 tons of water flowing over the crest every minute with speeds of 62 miles per hour."I was so close to the water, I could reach out and stick my ice tool in the Niagara Falls," said Gadd. "At one point I was behind the water, climbing on ice that froze behind the falls. I got [a] whole lot of Niagara down my neck!" according to Gadd as reported by Red Bull.
Alaska Dispatch News

Avalanche filmed GoPro Hero3+ - Snowboarding

Romanian mountain rescue volunteer and snow sports instructor Sorin-Alexandru Radu was caught in an avalanche February 3, 2015, as he snowboarded down Papusa Mountain in Gorj County with a camera attached to his helmet. In the video, the snow can be seen rippling and breaking up around the Radu. He is then covered and thrashed about by the avalanche, but he survived the experience unharmed, as reported by Storyful.In Southcentral Alaska, snow conditions have been considered dangerous this winter due to warm weather into January and weak snow pack.Read more: Snowboarder barely escapes Hatcher Pass avalanche