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Best of November 2013

Young skaters ignore zero-degree temperatures to take to the ice on one of the two outdoor rinks on Friday, November 29, 2013, next to Ben Boeke Ice Arena. The rinks were rebuilt this past summer with support from the Scotty Gomez Foundation, the Alaska State Legislature and the Anchorage Park Foundation.
Erik Hill
Annie Luck sits all bundled up against the cold at Best Buy at the Dimond Center in South Anchorage, AK waiting for the store to open on Thanksgiving day Thursday, November 28, 2013. Some stores have moved up the traditional early store openings on Black Friday to opening on Thanksgiving Day. Luck who is first in line for the 6pm store opening arrived at the store at 4pm on Wednesday. The next person in line arrived at 6am on Thursday.
Bob Hallinen
All bundled up against the cold at Best Buy at the Dimond Center in South Anchorage, AK Annie Luck, Jessie Reyes, Devin Watson, Ryan Benton, Donavan Brown, Bruce Lord and Abbey Lord wait for the store to open on Thanksgiving day Thursday, November 28, 2013. Some stores have moved up the traditional early store openings on Black Friday to opening on Thanksgiving Day.
Bob Hallinen
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News The Clark Middle School Drum Line performs at half-time of the women's game between UC Riverside and Nicholls State at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Firefighters are instructed to pull back as the right side of a condo duplex loses structural integrity at 5664 Alora Loop on Tuesday evening, November 26, 2013, in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Erik Hill / Anchorage Daily News Anchorage firefighters battle a duplex fire on Alora Loop, near the intersection of 6th Avenue and Boniface Parkway Tuesday evening, November 26, 2013.
Erik Hill
Museum aide Kira Singleton decorates the Capitol Site Cabin for the holidays at the Historic Town Site of the Dorothy G. Page Museum on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, in Wasilla. "I know some people think it is kind of early," she admitted, but staffers and volunteers are preparing building inside and out for the Wasilla Community Christmas Celebration scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 1 - 4 p.m. The Capitol Site Cabin dates from the 1970s effort to move the state capital to Willow. When that effort fizzled, the cabin came to the museum.
Erik Hill
A bald eagle takes wing from its perch above the Glenn Highway on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the Knik Arm Access pullout.
Erik Hill
A state Dept. of Transportation and Public Facilities truck plows snow and slush off the Glenn Highway on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, near the Palmer Hay Flats.
Erik Hill
Moose graze as homebound traffic streams past Eklutna in the distance bound for Mat-Su late Tuesday afternoon, November 26, 2013, at the Palmer Hay Flats.
Erik Hill
A bald eagle takes wing from its perch above the Glenn Highway on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the Knik Arm Access pullout.
Erik Hill
Commuter traffic streams towards Wasilla against a Pioneer Peak backdrop late Tuesday afternoon, November 26, 2013, in Mat-Su.
Erik Hill
Disc golfer Toni Rae competes at Margaret Eagan Sullivan Park as the Alaska Disc Golf Association holds its annual Frozen Turkey Tournament at the Westchester Lagoon course on Saturday, November 23, 2013. The fund raiser for Bean's Cafe had an entry fee of a frozen turkey. Forty-two players participated, donating 1279.77 pounds of turkey.
Bob Hallinen
The top of Pioneer Peak appears between low-hanging fog and clouds on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, in a view from the Glenn Highway.
Erik Hill
Mat-Su commuter traffic streams home from Anchorage late Tuesday, November 26, 2013, on the Glenn Highway.
Erik Hill
Jim Chesbro checks the ice thickness at Cheney Lake on Monday morning, Nov. 25, 2013. Skaters wondering when the lakes will be plowed and hot mopped should check the Ice/Trail Status report on Parks & Recreation page at muni.org.
Bill Roth
Kelsey Ingram, 6, helps out at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School on Bragaw Street in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
A youth group from Anchorage Grace Church bagged apples at the Mt. View Community Center on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, as volunteers prepared for the upcoming Thanksgiving Blessing Project. Thousands of people will be able to celebrate the holiday with a turkey and all the fixings as a result of the partnership by the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community distributing food to those in need at seven sites in Anchorage on Monday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bill Roth
The JL Tower lights honor the Philippines by displaying the colors of blue, red, white and yellow of the country's national flag on Wednesday evening, November 20, 2013, in Midtown. "It is a nice tribute to all of those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, Filipino and non-Filipino, in the Philippines and here in Alaska, and send them the message that they are not alone, they are in our hearts and minds, and that Alaska supports and cares about them," said EJ David of the Alaskero Partnership Organizers group that has been collecting donations and organizing efforts for victims.
Erik Hill
The JL Tower lights honor the Philippines by displaying the colors of blue, red, white and yellow of the country's national flag on Wednesday evening, November 20, 2013, in Midtown. "It is a nice tribute to all of those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, Filipino and non-Filipino, in the Philippines and here in Alaska, and send them the message that they are not alone, they are in our hearts and minds, and that Alaska supports and cares about them," said EJ David of the Alaskero Partnership Organizers group that has been collecting donations and organizing efforts for victims.
Erik Hill
Anchorage Fire Department firefighters prepare to check on propane tanks in a trailer home after knocking down flames at Malaspina Trailer Park at 1545 Hoyt Street on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Andy Collins gets ready to put leashes on his dogs Disco Herman, and Brody after ice skating on a pond along the edge of Turnagain Arm at Girdwood on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. CollinÕs son Dylan slips on the ice as Ruby Moser and Nolan Quigley are in the background with the Kenai Mountains rising above the scene along the Seward Highway.
Bob Hallinen
Alaska Aces captain Nick Mazzolini fires an Angry Bird stuffed toy towards the pile after the Aces scored their first goal against the Las Vegas Wranglers in hockey action on Friday, November 15, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena. Fans threw stuffed toys onto the ice for the US Marines Toys for Tots drive. The aces are having a military appreciation weekend at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
Las Vegas Wranglers goalie, Mitch OÕKeefe, reaches out for the puck as teammates Bryce Reddick and Cody Purves defend against Brendan Connolly of the Alaska Aces in hockey action on Friday, November 15, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena. The aces are having a military appreciation weekend at the Sullivan Arena.
Bob Hallinen
Doug Reid, of Alabama Huntsville, chases Tanner Dusyk, of UAA, along the boards in first period hockey at Sullivan Arena on Friday, November 9, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Chugach Electric crews work on a downed power line along the Seward Highway just north of Girdwood, AK on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Corrosion in anchor rods caused the failure, which caused a wooden power pole to break.
Bob Hallinen
Chugach Electric crews work on a downed power line along the Seward Highway just north of Girdwood, AK on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Corrosion in anchor rods caused the failure, which caused a wooden power pole to break.
Bob Hallinen
A band of clouds covers the sun as it rides low over the Kenai Mountains on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Along the Turnagain Arm and the Seward Highway as ice fills the arm.
Bob Hallinen
Leah Swiss, of Dimond High, goes to the bench to hit the ball against South High. South High defeated Dimond High 3-1 to win the Alaska State 4A Volleyball Championship on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Chugiak High.
Bob Hallinen
South High defeated Dimond High 3-1 to win the Alaska State 4A Volleyball Championship on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Chugiak High.
Bob Hallinen
Sheryl Corre Kelly leads a Zumba class at the Dance Plus Fitness Studio on International Airport Road on Saturday, November 16, 2013. The Alaska Federation of Filipinos Americans sponsored the class to raise money for the General McArthur Manila Students and Residents Organization Inc.
Bob Hallinen
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Colin Kessler, 9, skates with a hockey puck that a friend's dog Sunny is trying to get at Westchester Lagoon on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.
Bill Roth
Rod Worl pilots his Ultra Stick radio-controlled airplane in the sunshine on a cold day at Westchester Lagoon on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.
Bill Roth
Tommy Frazier of the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department is covered in ice after battling a structure fire off South Birchwood Loop near the Old Glenn Highway that took the life of a woman and injured a man on Monday morning, Nov. 13, 2013.
Bill Roth
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Bright sunshine warms a pond hockey game at Westchester Lagoon on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.
Bill Roth
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News David Wigglesworth pulls a kick sled with Talven, 3, and Kestrel, 7, while ice skating at Westchester Lagoon on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.
Bill Roth
A lynx gets out and about on a chilly, wintry Monday afternoon, November 18, 2013, at the Alaska Zoo.
Erik Hill
Fairbanks author Debbie S. Miller explains how she works with artist Jon Van Zyle to create children's books during a visit to Rogers Park Elementary School on Monday, November 18, 2013, in east Anchorage. Miller spent the day at the school making presentations on the curiosity, research and writing that go into her books on animals and nature, and the collaborative process she and Van Zyle use to combine their efforts and talents to produce new works. Miller also conducted writing workshops.
Erik Hill
Little Rock the musk ox gets acquainted with his new surroundings on Monday, November 18, 2013, and the Alaska Zoo. Little Rock, two-and-a-half years old, arrived from the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer on Saturday.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News A bald eagle preens atop a sheared birch tree above the University Lake trail on Friday, November 15, 2013, in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Ice forms on the tidal flats on the edges of Ship Creek in Downtown Anchorage, AK on Friday, November 8, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Winter Olympic fans gathered at Town Square Park in downtown Anchorage for a Sochi Send-off for Alaska athletes who are leaving for competition in Europe before the games in Sochi on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Olympians Kikkan Randall and Holly Brooks spoke to the crowd at the event. Jaylynn Szabo waves an American flag while sitting on her grandfather Dave SzaboÕs shoulders.
Bob Hallinen
Ice forms in the grass on the tidal flats on the edges of Ship Creek in Downtown Anchorage, AK on Friday, November 8, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Reese Hanneman and others of the APU Elite Cross Country Ski Team practice their race starts on roller skies at Kincaid Park on Thursday, October 31.
Bob Hallinen
The afternoon sun dips towards the horizon at Ship Creek in Downtown Anchorage, AK on Friday, November 8, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
The Bartlett High hockey team leaves the locker room before the start of a 15-0 loss to Dimond High on Thursday, November 7, 2103at Ben Boeke Ice Arena. Bartlett suited up only 13 players against the Cook Inlet Conference powerhouse Dimond Lynx.
Bob Hallinen
Tara DeGeorge, of West High, competes in the 200 yard Individual Medley at the Cook Inlet Conference Championships preliminaries on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Bartlett High pool.
Bob Hallinen
Dylan Ceverny, of West High, competes in the 200 yard Individual Medley at the Cook Inlet Conference Championships preliminaries on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Bartlett High pool.
Bob Hallinen
Eagle River High coaches and swimmers cheer on team members during the boy's 200 individual medley at the Cook Inlet Conference 2013 Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Bartlett High pool.
Bob Hallinen
Emma Tarbeth, of Service High, competes in girlÕs 100 yard freestyle at the Cook Inlet Conference 2013 Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Bartlett High pool.
Bob Hallinen
Swimmers and divers compete in the Cook Inlet Conference 2013 Championships finals on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Bartlett High pool.
Bob Hallinen
Doug Reid, of Alabama Huntsville, chases Tanner Dusyk, of UAA, along the boards in first period hockey at Sullivan Arena on Friday, November 9, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Special Olympian Pearl Weaver led the parade of athletes holding he torch as winter Olympic fans gathered at Town Square Park in downtown Anchorage for a Sochi Send-off for Alaska athletes who are leaving for the competition in Europe before the games in Sochi on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Weaver won a gold and a silver medal in cross-country skiing at the 2006 World Games in Sun Valley, ID. Olympians Kikkan Randall and Holly Brooks spoke to the crowd at the event.
Bob Hallinen
Rose Consenstein samples strawberries in the backyard garden of her family's downtown home on Tuesday, November 5, 1203. Kate Consenstein, Roses mother, says broccoli, arugula, celery and carrots are still growing in the first week of November.
Bob Hallinen
Rachel Gregg, of Chugiak High, and teammates celebrate a point against Service High during the first day of the Cook Inlet Conference volleyball tournament on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Service High.
Bob Hallinen
Anna Ingraham, of Chugiak High, hits the ball at the net as teammate Rachel Gregg looks on against Service High during the first day of the Cook Inlet Conference volleyball tournament on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Service High.
Bob Hallinen
World War II veteran Al Woodward talks about his service including landing F6F Hellcats on aircraft carriers and the recent Honor Flight to visit the monuments in Washington DC. Photographed in his south Anchorage home on Thursday, October 31, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
J.R. Patee rides his mountain bike past the snow-cover trees at Hillside Park on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Patee said he tries to get out biking or skiing every day during the winter.
Bill Roth
Mountain manager Cam Bain checks a snow gun at Hilltop Ski Area on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Hilltop began making snow last Friday, and weather permitting, hopes to open the Caribou run by Nov. 23.
Bill Roth
Cody Burns of the Alyeska Ski Patrol tests a Purcell Prusik adjustable safety tether he has just tied in the Aid Room on Monday, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood. Burns was tying 20 of the riggings for the Patrol on Monday in preparation for the upcoming ski season at Alyeska Resort, but may tie and test as many as 50 for part-time patrol members as well. "We use it mostly for self evacuation," such as descending from a chairlift that has stopped, he said. "It's got a variety of uses."
Erik Hill
Dimond High School social studies teacher Mary Beth Hammerstrom appears on the television game show Jeopardy! on Tuesday evening, November 12, 2013. A viewing party for teaching colleagues was held at her south Anchorage home.
Erik Hill
Dimond High School colleagues cheer during a viewing party as social studies teacher Mary Beth Hammerstrom, foreground, nails the Final Jeopardy question on the television game show Jeopardy! on Tuesday evening, November 12, 2013, at her home in south Anchorage. Hammerstrom was among 15 teachers selected for the Teachers Tournament airing November 11-22. While she finished second on the Tuesday evening showing, the tournament will advance five winners and the next four highest scorers to semifinal matches airing next week. Sworn to secrecy about the matches, taped in October, she has had to constantly remind students "I can't tell you" when asked about the outcome. "It was an amazing experience," she said. "I would do it again in a heartbeat. It's like going to the nerd Olympics!"
Erik Hill
A passing jet plane catches sunset light above the darkening Chugach Mountains on late Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in a view from the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm.
Erik Hill
The moon glows behind sunset-tinted clouds late Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, over Turnagain Arm.
Erik Hill
David Hall and Star the Reindeer cross I Street in downtown Anchorage while walking in a snowstorm on Sunday, November 10, 2013.
Bill Roth
Suzanne Buchanan of Arizona walks in the fresh snow while crossing the Gateway Bridge in Kincaid Park on Sunday, November 10, 2013.
Bill Roth
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Miles Leguineche (left) and Paul Norris of the West High School hockey team sell sandbags at the corner of Northern Lights and Minnesota Saturday afternoon. Both are juniors on the team; Leguineche is a defenseman and Norris plays left wing. The team sold sandbags last weekend, this weekend and hope to sell more next weekend.
BOB HALLINEN
Adult and cygnet trumpeter swans stop off on their southward migration to feed on a small pond along the Seward Highway across from Turnagain Arm near Girdwood on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
A bull moose takes a rest from feeding along Will Rogers Place on Thursday afternoon, November 7, 2013, in west Anchorage.
Erik Hill
A bull moose goes from yard to yard while feeding along Crosson Drive on Thursday afternoon, November 7, 2013, in west Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Pigeons warm themselves in the morning sun in Anchorage on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
Bill Roth
A bull moose pauses to feed on a mountain ash tree as it meanders down Crosson Drive on Thursday, November 7, 2013, in west Anchorage.
Erik Hill
WWII veteran Vince Speranza, 88, a combat paratrooper who earned a Bronze star and Purple Heart while serving with the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in Europe, visited his old unit now based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Speranza lifts a M110 semi-automatic magazine fed sniper rifle during a visit to HHC, 1st Battalion, 501st PIR, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.
Bill Roth
A new generation of paratroopers listen to WWII combat veteran Vince Speranza, 88, who earned a Bronze star and Purple Heart while serving with the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment in Europe, tell war stories about his experiences while visiting his old unit on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, now based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Bill Roth
A group of people gathered at a Recall Lindsey Holmes Rally at the corner of Wisconsin Street and West Northern Lights Boulevard on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, before submitting a recall application with more than 1,100 signatures to the Division of Elections.
Bill Roth
The Chugach mountains provide a stunning background as work continues on the Cabela's store on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, that is scheduled to open in South Anchorage in Spring 2014.
Bill Roth
As a Boeing 747 departs Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport another Boeing 747 arrives on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
Bill Roth
A raven makes a dive while frolicking in the wind at Point Woronzof in Anchorage on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
Bill Roth
A sun dog brightens a gray sky while framed by flags at the 11th Air Force Memorial on Monday afternoon, November 4, 2013, at Merrill Field.
Erik Hill
A cow moose browses at Kincaid Park on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
Bill Roth
The flag flies atop a new flagpole at the Veterans Memorial on Monday, November 4, 2013, on the Delaney Park Strip.
Erik Hill
Clear skies to the north of Anchorage provided a spectacular view of Mount McKinley and the Knik Arm from Kincaid Park on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
Bill Roth
Young skaters ignore zero-degree temperatures to take to the ice on one of the two outdoor rinks on Friday, November 29, 2013, next to Ben Boeke Ice Arena. The rinks were rebuilt this past summer with support from the Scotty Gomez Foundation, the Alaska State Legislature and the Anchorage Park Foundation.
Erik Hill
Annie Luck sits all bundled up against the cold at Best Buy at the Dimond Center in South Anchorage, AK waiting for the store to open on Thanksgiving day Thursday, November 28, 2013. Some stores have moved up the traditional early store openings on Black Friday to opening on Thanksgiving Day. Luck who is first in line for the 6pm store opening arrived at the store at 4pm on Wednesday. The next person in line arrived at 6am on Thursday.
Bob Hallinen
All bundled up against the cold at Best Buy at the Dimond Center in South Anchorage, AK Annie Luck, Jessie Reyes, Devin Watson, Ryan Benton, Donavan Brown, Bruce Lord and Abbey Lord wait for the store to open on Thanksgiving day Thursday, November 28, 2013. Some stores have moved up the traditional early store openings on Black Friday to opening on Thanksgiving Day.
Bob Hallinen
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News The Clark Middle School Drum Line performs at half-time of the women's game between UC Riverside and Nicholls State at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Firefighters are instructed to pull back as the right side of a condo duplex loses structural integrity at 5664 Alora Loop on Tuesday evening, November 26, 2013, in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Erik Hill / Anchorage Daily News Anchorage firefighters battle a duplex fire on Alora Loop, near the intersection of 6th Avenue and Boniface Parkway Tuesday evening, November 26, 2013.
Erik Hill
Museum aide Kira Singleton decorates the Capitol Site Cabin for the holidays at the Historic Town Site of the Dorothy G. Page Museum on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, in Wasilla. "I know some people think it is kind of early," she admitted, but staffers and volunteers are preparing building inside and out for the Wasilla Community Christmas Celebration scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 1 - 4 p.m. The Capitol Site Cabin dates from the 1970s effort to move the state capital to Willow. When that effort fizzled, the cabin came to the museum.
Erik Hill
A bald eagle takes wing from its perch above the Glenn Highway on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the Knik Arm Access pullout.
Erik Hill
A state Dept. of Transportation and Public Facilities truck plows snow and slush off the Glenn Highway on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, near the Palmer Hay Flats.
Erik Hill
Moose graze as homebound traffic streams past Eklutna in the distance bound for Mat-Su late Tuesday afternoon, November 26, 2013, at the Palmer Hay Flats.
Erik Hill
A bald eagle takes wing from its perch above the Glenn Highway on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the Knik Arm Access pullout.
Erik Hill
Commuter traffic streams towards Wasilla against a Pioneer Peak backdrop late Tuesday afternoon, November 26, 2013, in Mat-Su.
Erik Hill
Disc golfer Toni Rae competes at Margaret Eagan Sullivan Park as the Alaska Disc Golf Association holds its annual Frozen Turkey Tournament at the Westchester Lagoon course on Saturday, November 23, 2013. The fund raiser for Bean's Cafe had an entry fee of a frozen turkey. Forty-two players participated, donating 1279.77 pounds of turkey.
Bob Hallinen
The top of Pioneer Peak appears between low-hanging fog and clouds on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, in a view from the Glenn Highway.
Erik Hill
Mat-Su commuter traffic streams home from Anchorage late Tuesday, November 26, 2013, on the Glenn Highway.
Erik Hill
Jim Chesbro checks the ice thickness at Cheney Lake on Monday morning, Nov. 25, 2013. Skaters wondering when the lakes will be plowed and hot mopped should check the Ice/Trail Status report on Parks & Recreation page at muni.org.
Bill Roth
Kelsey Ingram, 6, helps out at one of the Thanksgiving Blessing Project food distribution locations on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School on Bragaw Street in east Anchorage. Seven locations in Anchorage and Eagle River offered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need through a partnership between the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community.
Erik Hill
A youth group from Anchorage Grace Church bagged apples at the Mt. View Community Center on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, as volunteers prepared for the upcoming Thanksgiving Blessing Project. Thousands of people will be able to celebrate the holiday with a turkey and all the fixings as a result of the partnership by the Food Bank of Alaska and the faith-based community distributing food to those in need at seven sites in Anchorage on Monday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bill Roth
Alaska Dispatch