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First came the phone call, on Sunday night: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game had declared a lone newborn moose hanging around the Interior town of Tok abandoned.Did the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage have room for the calf, which was listless and dehydrated? The answer was yes. Sarah Howard, an upbeat, unflappable 26-year-old who supervises care of orphaned animals at the center, grabbed an intern, a large dog crate and a truck and began the six-hour journey to Slana to retrieve her new charge.She spent the ride -- the intern was behind the wheel -- chattering on the phone with relevant veterinarians and Fish and Game officials, smoothing the way for the orphaned moose’s official transfer to its new home. She even found a local Tok EMT who could give the dehydrated moose fluids intravenously.By the time she met up with a Fish and Game technician in Slana Monday evening, all there was to do was shepherd the gangly little moose into a dog crate secured in the backseat and drive back down the highway. She thought the calf looked to be about six days old.A mewling whine came from the dog crate. They tried to stop and feed the moose a bottle of formula. He seemed confused. Country music on the radio soothed him. Read more: Newborn moose and musk oxen make for a sweet, sleepless season at wildlife conservation centerWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
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Southside Strength and Fitness hosted the first of the local Special Olympics powerlifting games on May 17, 2015. Bobby Hill is one of the two Special Olympics powerlifters who train at Southside Strength and Fitness, along with friend and competitor Richard Renwick.During the match last Sunday, Hill deadlifted 308 lbs. Even though it wasn’t his personal record for deadlifts, you could feel the excitement in the room as Hill hugged longtime coaches Hal Lloyd and Ron Burnett. Since Hill started training with Lloyd in 2010, Hill has squatted over 340 lbs. and deadlifted approximately 325 lbs. His bench press last Saturday at 198 lbs. was a personal record. The state games will be held June 5-7 at East High School in Anchorage.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Tara Young

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Meghan Holtan has been walking the Chester Creek Trail on stilts this week to interview strangers and create audio recordings of their favorite experiences along the popular Anchorage trail.Her "Tall Tales" are part of the Seeking the Source project, a community art mapping endeavor that began May 17 and will conclude this Saturday, May 23.The project is curated by artist Jimmy Riordan, who grew up in Anchorage and has lived near the Chester Creek Trail for many years. “For me it’s one of the most diverse landscapes in the parks system in Anchorage, in that it bumps up against a lot of different communities and also has a variety of different natural landscapes,” said Riordan. “You’ve got wetlands, you’ve got the bird habitat at Westchester Lagoon, you’ve got these forested areas, so it was that diversity that we were intrigued by.”The intention of Seeking the Source is to collect a history of the trail and the neighborhoods that surround it. Eight artists have converged to contribute in their own ways to mapping the trail, while also working with community groups that use the trail and people who have historic or scientific knowledge about it.In addition to Holtan, tattoo artist Sara Frary is making drawings of the trail, amateur cartographer Colin Allen is creating a hand-drawn map and Ayden LeRoux is writing a collection of work inspired by the trail.Alaska’s elder statesman Vic Fischer and community activist Lanie Fleischer participated in a talk about the creation of the Chester Creek Trail at Valley of the Moon Park. Fischer told Riordan that he was happy to be part of the conversation, “but I have no idea what you’re doing.”Riordan acknowledges that some people are perplexed by the project, which includes a special smartphone app and an "augmented reality" guidebook. The booklet reveals information gathered by the artists when users scan QR codes into the Junaio app, available for iOS and Android. It’s an ambitious and conceptual project but one that Riordan says he hopes will give value to trailgoers for years to come.Anchorage residents can join the conversation by participating in a community walk along the trail starting at 12 p.m. Saturday in Russian Jack Park and ending in Valley of the Moon Park.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
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Walrus Cam - Main Beach

Thanks to a grant from Explore.org as well as other private donations, the once-popular Round Island “walrus cam” is back online after losing funding nearly a decade ago.The island is part of the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary, located about 65 miles southwest of Dillingham in Bristol Bay. Thousands of tusked Pacific male walruses haul themselves out to the island while the females are off raising their pups. It’s an incredible sight, and Round Island is one of the few places in the world where humans can catch an in-person glimpse of a walrus in the wild, with one of limited permits given out annually by Alaska Department of Fish and Game.Read more: After 10 years away, Alaska walrus cam streams again
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When archaeologists were excavating a 200-year-old Iñupiaq village near Kiana in Alaska's Arctic they uncovered human remains.National Park Service policy dictated that they stop the dig because of the discovery. But the ancient village is situated on the banks for the Kobuk River, which threatens to wash it away before they are able to resume their work.The village of Kiana must decide whether to honor their ancestors or petition the Park Service to resume the dig in hopes of learning more of their history.The film Igliqtiqsiuġvigruaq [Swift Water Place], which documents the dig and Kiana's decision, is scheduled play at the Anchorage Museum at 7 p.m. on May 22, 2015, as part of the Alaska Native Culture series.
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Anchorage filmmaker Kris Swanson headed to Byron Glacier with a friend looking for exposed ice to climb. Since they couldn't find any safe areas for ice climbing, Swanson decided to document the surroundings with his drone.Located in Chugach National Forest, Byron Glacier is prone to avalanche slides, and Swanson notes it “is probably pretty dangerous (to climb) until later in the summer.” Byron Glacier is fifty miles south of Anchorage and is accessible from the 1.4-mile Byron Glacier Trail.To submit your videos to Alaska Dispatch News, contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
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Bear Climbs Electric Pole, Raids Nest

While on a wood bison hunt in Alberta, Canada, O.F. Mossberg & Sons Director of Media Relations Linda Powell came upon an unexpected sight -- a bear climbing an electric tower to raid a raven nest. Two angry birds look on as the bear climbs and descends the pole in an extreme search for a snack.To submit your videos to Alaska Dispatch News contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Loren Holmes

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Watch a 2-hour long bike commute compressed into 2 minutes. Anchorage celebrated Bike to Work Day on Wednesday with 30 treat stations around town offering donuts, bacon, drinks and entertainment. Come along for the ride as we visit seven stations, each offering a different treat for bike commuters participating in Bike to Work Day in Alaska's largest city.The perennial favorite Bike Anchorage Bacon Station along Chester Creek east of the Seward Highway offered bacon, cookies, coupons for beer, entertainment including DJ Brendan Babb and stilt-walking juggler Meghan Holtan, and mechanical assistance for balky bicycles.Other stations around Anchorage commuter routes provided energy bars, safety items, Twinkies, buttered toast, yogurt, fruit, barley-flour pancakes, macarons, smoked salmon, bagels with cream cheese and other items.Bike Anchorage organized the stations in tandem with the municipality's sponsorship of Bike to Work Day. Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos.
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Swedish man scares the living shit out of an attacking bear

A Swedish man came very close to being attacked by a brown bear, but his primal roar was apparently enough to drive the animal back into the forest. Ralph Persson is from Ljusdal, north of Stockholm, and was reportedly out training a beagle in the Jämtland forests when he sensed something was wrong based on his dog's behavior.When the brown bear was just a few feet away from Persson, he let out the roar that might have saved his life. Persson and his wife Lena captured the encounter on camera.Persson told Helahalsingland, “To lie down and play dead I do not believe in.”
Tara Young

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The Little Norway Festival in the Southeast Alaska community of Petersburg is a celebration of the signing of Norway’s constitution on May 17, 1814. Petersburg, a fishing town strong Norwegian roots, holds the festival every year in mid-May, and features traditional Norwegian foods, dance and events such as the herring toss.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
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Lions Head TL

Photographer Kevan Dee hiked up to a 200-foot cliff at Lion's Head above the Matanuska Glacier for a night under the Northern Lights and lunar eclipse April 3, 2015.In the first scene of the video the moon is full over the glacier. Then, according to Dee, ”The clouds came in after and obscured the southern sky and moon, leaving the northern sky clear for the aurora.”To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News, contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
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The first full-fledged free bike park in Southcentral Alaska isn’t in Anchorage.It’s in sleepy little Palmer, the city founded as a New Deal farm colony and now trying to leverage its increasingly popular mountain biking trails into a recreation destination.The Palmer Bike Park is tucked off the Old Glenn Highway at Matanuska River Park, located on a former overflow parking lot just north of a playground and broad grassy picnic area.Built last fall, the bike park is actually three in one, according to Nate Nicholls, executive director of the 150-member Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers, the group that's behind the park.The star feature is an almost 2-acre "pump track" with a jump line to get some air but also packed dirt mounds and undulating short wooden boardwalks -- “Nessie humps” -- that riders are supposed to travel by pumping and gliding instead of pedaling. Beyond are two different quarter-mile tracks that connect to an existing network of mountain bike trails -- a “flow trail” designed to give riders a feel for their bikes on a trail and a technical track to hone technical bike handling skills with a low log ride, rocky sections and tight turns.Read more: Palmer pioneers first free bike park in Southcentral Alaska

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