Bill Roth

Alaska Ski for Women

Morning sunshine brightened the trails as 500 skiers participated in the 20th annual Alaska Ski For Women at Kincaid Park on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.  Donations from the women-only cross-country skiing event has contributed over $1 million to groups that actively work to improve women's lives and help stop the cycle of domestic abuse against women and children.
Alaska Dispatch News

Polar Bear - POV Cams (Spring 2014)

To survive the harsh conditions of the Arctic, polar bears roaming Alaska’s Beaufort Sea coastline subsist on the equivalent of about one adult ringed seal every 10 days and, to make those fatty calories last, spend most of their daylight hours lounging around on the ice and snow, new research shows.Beaufort Sea polar bears equipped in 2014 and 2015 with Fitbit-like devices and neck cameras revealed their daily routines to scientists studying their food needs.Data from the seven adult female bears tracked in the springs of 2014 and 2015 showed they spent, on average, about 70 percent of daylight hours resting, the U.S. Geological Survey-led research has found. They spent only about 15 percent of their time walking, the research found. The rest of the time was divided among swimming, grooming, eating, interacting with males and other activities.Despite their low levels of exercise, the bears need to consume a lot, said Anthony Pagano, the USGS research biologist who is leading the study.READ MORE: Scientists put the animal equivalent of a Fitbit on polar bears. Here's what they learned
Marc Lester

2016 Denali Doubles sled dog race begins

Seventeen teams began the Denali Doubles sled dog race on February 5, 2016. The race, founded and organized by four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King, uses a unique format. Teams must consist of two mushers and can use up to 20 dogs. The race follows the Denali Highway for 226 miles, starting and ending in CantwellAmong King's rules: No whining.The teams must consist of one veteran and one novice musher, which on Thursday gave those experienced in competitive dog mushing a chance for a long ride with a boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, parent, sponsor, friend, handler or, in at least once case, a last-minute stranger.Read the story: Denali Doubles: Where Iditarod veterans play by Jeff King's rules
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Runup to race time - musher intro 1

The 33rd annual Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race begins Saturday in Fairbanks. Twenty-three mushers will race to Whitehorse, Yukon.The Yukon Quest Trail follows the historic Gold Rush and dog sled routes used for delivering mail before there was an Alaska road system. Each year the race start switches between Fairbanks and Whitehorse.The race has a reputation of being even more treacherous than the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. This video and its sequel are a quick introduction to this year's competitors.
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The musk ox, a relic of the last ice age, resides in some of the world's harshest climes. Now, a new film captures the animal in the brutal conditions that it calls home.In Between, a short film from German filmmaker Rolf Steinmann, is a beautifully shot documentary of musk oxen in Norway, where a population of the animals were introduced to the Dovrefjell mountain range in the first half of the 20th century. The film carries a heavy-handed message of climate change, but the snowswept landscapes and dim northern light makes it worth a watch, and evoke a chilly world that is easy to imagine resembles that of the ice age.Alaska is also home to an imported population of musk oxen, which were reintroduced to the state in 1930 when a small group of the animals from Greenland was moved first to Fairbanks, then to Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea. Animals from that growing herd were later transferred to other locations in Alaska, and today number about 4,000 in the region.
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Solo backpacking Alaska - Short movie adventure

After his first trip to Alaska, Reinout Arents was so inspired by what he saw and documented, he decided to switch career paths and pursue filmmaking. In September 2015, 18-year-old Arents traveled from Belgium to trek around Alaska solo. According to Arents, “After watching the movie 'Into The Wild' I really wanted to go to Alaska. I was really in love with the idea of living free.”With no plan and little experience backpacking and hiking, Arents decided to be spontaneous and hitchhike to different places, re-supplying every now and then. "Luckily all the people I met along the way were super friendly and supportive.” And the experience was life-changing. “I met a lot of amazing, inspirational people. I camped on glaciers, emergency cabins in the middle of the mountains and all sorts of amazing places,” says Arents.To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact the multimedia team at photo(at)  
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Bull moose tangled shows consequences of attracting wildlife

“Disturbing video of a bull moose with its antlers caught on a backyard swing is a prime example of the hazards of attracting wildlife to a residential area,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials in a press release Tuesday after a resident of Summit County, Colorado admitted to using a salt lick to attract moose for wildlife viewing.In video of the incident, an agitated bull moose can be seen struggling to escape the ropes of the swing set. The animal was so stressed that wildlife officers needed to utilize a taser to immobilize the animal long enough to cut it free.“It was a difficult and dangerous situation but the taser worked exactly as we had hoped," said District Wildlife Manager Tom Davies. "Tranquilization drugs were an option but considering how stressed the moose became during this precarious situation, it would have likely killed the animal. The taser is proving to be very useful for a situation like this."Baiting animals is illegal and unethical and can have dire consequences for a stressed animal, Colorado officials said.For information on living responsibly with wildlife in Alaska, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s website.
Loren Holmes and Scott Jensen

Point Woronzof latest

The person found critically injured at Point Woronzof after the discovery of a body there Thursday morning has died, police say.Police announced the second death at about 1 p.m. Thursday, following a morning call to Point Woronzof near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport."Detectives have identified the two found this morning (a male and a female) and are in the process of notifying their next of kin," police wrote. "The bodies of both persons were found on the beach just below the parking lot at Point Woronzof. Homicide detectives continue to investigate the circumstances leading to their deaths."A statement from the Anchorage Police Department announced the injured person's discovery at about 10 a.m. That person was taken from the scene by ambulance.APD said in an initial statement that calls reporting a citizen’s discovery of a body at the point, just north of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, came in shortly after 8:30 a.m.Read more: 2nd person found beneath bluff at Point Woronzof in Anchorage declared dead
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GoPro Downtown Pittsburgh Dog Sledding 2016

Early Saturday morning, Jan. 23, 2016, as the East Coast's big winter storm was dying down, Matt Philips and his dogs Kaske, Sitka and Nike went for a ride around downtown Pittsburgh.Philips got into mushing about three years ago when he rescued a German shepherd-husky mix that he named Kaskae and wanted to do some snowboard-joring. He met the West Penn Mushers group that winter, and they hooked Kaskae to a sled along with a well-trained mushing dog. Kaskae took to it right away and eventually  took over as lead dog. Since then, Philips and his girlfriend, Sarah White, adopted two more dogs and started making videos.For this adventure, they built a GoPro mount and used a chest-mounted Gimbal to shoot the video. Philips says, “We practice almost every weekend when it is cool enough for the huskies. (The West Penn Mushers) are a great bunch of people that have taught me pretty much everything and got me hooked.”To submit your video to Alaska Dispatch News contact the multimedia team at photo(at)  
Erin Kirkland,Loren Holmes

Alaska Forest School

One by one, Lia Keller’s students hopped down from their parents’ mini-vans or SUVs and scooted across the parking lot of North Bivouac Trailhead off Campbell Airstrip Road. Clad in snowsuits, boots, and mittens, the kids, ranging in age from almost 3 to 6, drew pictures on the ground with sticks, caught snowflakes on tongues, and chattered to each other about the weather, dogs, and the quality of snacks in their pint-sized backpacks.Keller, founder of The Alaska Forest School and its chief administrator, instructor, and trailside cheerleader, gathered her charges in a huddle and asked for some guidance on finding a landmark from the previous week.Read more: Using nature to nurture: Alaska forest schools move the classroom outdoors
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Earthquake home explosion in Kenai

Four homes burned on the Kenai Peninsula Sunday after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake jolted Southcentral Alaska awake in the early morning hours.One of the people who lost everything after the earthquake is Vinnie Calderon.Calderon and his family gathered at the armory with others who had lost their homes or who were evacuated along or near Lilac Lane.Calderon, his fiancee and two children had just moved into a home on Lilac Lane in Kenai two weeks ago, after previously spending time homeless and couchsurfing.Working as a tattoo artist, Calderon finally saved up $5,000 to put a payment down on the house.Sunday morning, a gas leak after the earthquake caused that house to explode not once, but twice, he said.Immediately after the quake, Calderon said he smelled gas but that the odor went away. Everyone was getting ready to go back to sleep when "the house came a foot up off the ground" he said. READ MORE: Magnitude-7.1 quake rocks Alaska, damaging roads and displacing residents
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Earthquake clean up at Anchorage True Value

Anchorage True Value Hardware was hit hard by Sunday morning's magnitude-7.1 earthquake, with shelves knocked over and tools, nuts and bolts strewn across the floor. The destruction was captured on security video.More earthquake coverage:Quake felt in Anchorage gets whole town talking