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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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Moment of announcement

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)alaskadispatch.com.
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moose rider

A video that surfaced over the weekend of a man jumping onto the back of a moose from a moving boat while the animal attempted to cross a waterway has sparked an investigation, Canadian media reports.The video, reportedly shot on a lake in northern British Columbia, shows a shirtless man standing on the bow of a boat as it approaches a moose moving through shoulder-deep water. As the boat pulls alongside the moose, the man jumps onto the animal's back and rides it briefly, with one hand raised in the air, before dismounting. Other people in the boat can be heard laughing as they watch.The video was uploaded to YouTube Saturday by B.C.-based Wolftracker TV.Global News reports the video was filmed on Tuchodi Lakes, located in northeast British Columbia, though CTV News cites a conservation officer as saying it appears the video took place on a river.Officials are investigating the incident, since it's a fairly obvious case of harassing wildlife, but a Canadian conservation officer told CTV News that "it doesn't look like this video was taken this year." 
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At the Anchorage rodeo, there’s only one event that boasts a class toddlers can compete in: It’s called mutton busting.Though the rodeo announcer sometimes jokingly refers to it as the “last legal form of child abuse,” mutton busting is one of the rodeo’s most popular events.The event puts children as young as 18 months old -- wearing protective helmets and vests -- on the backs of sheep. The kids cling to the sheep, which then run a bit. The idea is to stay on for six seconds.  Wasilla 2-year-old Annie May Lacey had some advice for accomplishing that goal: “Hold on tight.”READ MORE: 'Mutton bustin'' a kid-size event at Alaska rodeo
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At his farm carved out of the tundra near the heart of Western Alaska’s biggest town, Tim Meyers thinks about feeding the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and looks underground. There he has built a massive storage cellar to preserve potatoes, turnips, beets and more through the winter. Underground is where he starts seeds each spring in heated space under his house.Meyers has transformed four acres of permafrost into a vegetable-producing phenomenon.READ MORE: Rural Alaska farmer tills tundra into green richesWatch 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.
Shelby Lum

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About 200 people gathered over several days for the Urban Unangax Culture Camp at Unangam Ulaa, the headquarters of the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association in Anchorage. Participants were able to learn about Aleut traditions with instructions on cooking and preparing traditional food, creating model kayaks, visors and drums. Both children and adults learned about the traditional dances and culture from instructors and Aleut elders. This year's camp will conclude on Saturday, June 20, with a closing ceremony and picnic at the Aleut Plaza. Watch this video on YouTube and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more. Contact Shelby Lum at shelby(at)alaskadispatch.com.
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Rescued bear reaches for the stars - but gets so much more

A bear named Dick at the Animals Asia wildlife sanctuary has a leaf in his sights but it’s just out of reach. The lush green leaf is so close he can almost taste it with his tongue but the branch is too far away. But Dick the bear is not about to give up.Animals Asia is a bear sanctuary in China dedicated to rescuing bears from the bear bile farming industry in Asia.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News, contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
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WILLOW -- Cecily Boeve urged the spooked sled dog past the wreckage of Leo Lashock’s home Thursday morning.Lashock is a captain with the Willow Fire Department and a recreational dog musher. The house he lives in burned down Sunday while he was fighting the Sockeye wildfire as it rapidly spread in the Susitna Valley.The Boeves, his next-door neighbors, evacuated from the fire but took care of Lashock's team until Thursday.Then they brought 17 dogs home.“I know, I know,” the 20-year-old Boeve crooned as she guided the slender husky past the crumpled metal roof, the blackened mattress spring, the stink of char and ruin. “This is scary. This isn’t home, is it?”The house was gone. But the dog yard survived. The huskies wagged their tails and sniffed unburned wooden dog boxes. Read more: Starting over: Willow firefighter who lost home to Sockeye blaze gets his dogs back
Loren Holmes

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The Idaho Panhandle Hotshots and the Central Emergency Services Firefighters conduct a controlled burn on June 17, 2015 to create a buffer for the Kenai Keys neighborhood.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Loren Holmes at loren(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Alex DeMarban

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One Tuesday evening, the Card Street Fire -- seen here from the Funny River side of the Kenai River -- roared toward the neighborhood of Kenai Keys.Despite the intensity of its approach, no homes in the neighborhood were destroyed by the fire Tuesday night -- though one state Fish and Game cabin was lost.Read more: Kenai Peninsula wildfires spread as evacuation order continuesWatch 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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Alaska Wildlife Trooper Thomas Akelkok spent Tuesday guarding against looters and checking on people who stayed behind despite an evacuation advisory that now covers a 15-mile corridor along the Parks Highway.Akelkok, a Ekwok native who brings a good-natured personality to the job, drove down a long driveway near Capitol Speedway to check on a home. Skeletal charred spruce trees stood like spikes in a moonscape of gray. Occasional whiffs of smoke emerged from the incinerated duff.The trooper came to the house Sunday as the fire bore down to warn the family inside.“Behind me, I could see it in the rearview mirror,” Akelkok said as his pickup bounced down the driveway. “It looked like the road was catching on fire.”He drove through flames to get back out, then learned that a woman remained at the house.Read more: Willow residents defy evacuation advisory as fire advances

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