Kids visit with Anchorage Police Department patrol officer and K9 handler Chris Nelson and Doc at the annual Police Navidad at the Anchorage Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, AK, on Saturday, November 28, 2015. The celebration put on by the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association featured craft tables, exhibits, entertainment, the Mooselip model railroad and visits with Santa Claus, among many other activities. 

Bob Hallinen

As the fiddle-based music of Interior Alaska villages continues to evolve, the popular annual winter celebration has split into two different events. 


Tara Young
This Sunday, Advent Sunday, signals two significant events in many denominations. First, the church year for many mainline denominations begins. Second, Advent begins, an annual period of about four weeks before Christmas, which for 1,500 years has been marked by fasting, repentance, hoping and prayerfully pondering the first and second Advents.Chris Thompson
“What are the best herbs to grow indoors?” Ever since I started writing this column, this is a question that has been asked every winter. I understood the frequency of the query back in the day when fresh herbs were not so readily available here. Yet I still get it today despite our plentiful and ample supplies. This just indicates we want really fresh, right from the living plant.Jeff Lowenfels
Simple suggestions from frequent travelers to help you be prepared.Scott McMurren
Do we put Alaska Native artists in an aesthetic ghetto when they're labeled as "traditional"?Mike Dunham
When you have had your fill of decadent Thanksgiving leftovers and are craving a huge steaming pot of something wholesome and chock full of vegetables, turn to this hearty Winter Minestrone Soup.Maya Evoy
“Living Alaska” is a remarkable assembly of the best Alaska art dating from this millennium.Mike Dunham

The holiday season kicked off Friday night in Anchorage with hundreds of kids and grownups gathering in Town Square Park for the lighting of the Christmas tree. 


Scott Jensen
Lead project artist Sarah Davies said Friday that participants at Point Woronzof have recovered 82 of 85 of the sculptures made of straw, cement, plaster and burlap. She said the official opening is still scheduled for Dec. 5.Rachel D'Oro | Associated Press