Alaska Dispatch News
Check out some of the action at the Great Alaska Shootout on Wednesday at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Bob Hallinen
Rehearsal for the production of the  “Alaska Nutcracker” is held at the Glenn Massay Theater at the Mat-Su Community College in the Valley on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.
Loren Holmes
Wednesday at Polaris K-12 school, students were divided into the haves and the have-nots. Drawing a card at random, each participant in the "hunger banquet" was assigned an identity, such as a poor farmer from Sierra Leone or the affluent mayor of a Peruvian town.
High winds and a 31-foot tide Tuesday demolished most of the "100Stone" installation by artist Sarah Davies, set in place at Point Woronzof in Anchorage on Saturday.
Day one of the 2015 GCI Great Alaska Shootout at the Alaska Airlines Center on Nov. 24.
Bob Hallinen
Anchorage awoke to seven inches of new snow on Saturday and a stiff wind created near-whiteout conditions at the north curve of Point Woronzof Drive. But that didn’t stop volunteers from arriving before dawn to set up a sprawling art installation titled “100Stone.” By 9 a.m. more than three dozen people were busy with shovels and snowblowers clearing a path to the beach below the Point Woronzof Park parking lot, adjusting rebar stakes and setting up tripod hoists to lift dozens of human statues into position on the shore of Cook Inlet.Conceived by Anchorage artist Sarah Davies, “100Stone” uses forms taken from body casts of people affected by mental illness over the past year. Davies, who has suffered from acute depression herself, said she hoped the installation would lead to a realization of how many people struggle with various forms of mental illness and perhaps provide a sense of release from the isolation that they feel.
Erik Hill
President Barack Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bonnie Carroll, president of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday. 
Anchorage destist Chad Trammell earlier this month became the World’s Toughest Mudder, a title he earned at a 24-hour endurance obstacle race held outside Las Vegas on Nov. 14-15.
Laurel Andrews,Loren Holmes
The Marijuana Control Board voted to allow consumption of marijuana at retail stores, which, if approved by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, would make Alaska the first state to permit a regulated area for marijuana consumption outside of a person’s home or other private spaces.
The Food Bank of Alaska in partnership with the faith-based community distributed all the fixings including turkeys for about 8,000 families to help prepare a Thanksgiving meal during the annual Thanksgiving Blessing. The event was held at five sites in the Anchorage area and one in Eagle River on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.  Mountain View Community Center site coordinator Eileen Starr said she believes "the purpose of the event is to bless people during Thanksgiving."  
Erik Hill
A cow moose and her twin calves wander Turnagain on Thursday, October 22, 2015, in West Anchorage. 
Jill Burke
Just because it's winter in Alaska doesn't mean you have to stay cooped up indoors. Here are four fun, family-friendly projects that help you embrace the cold.