Features

This month, Anchorage hairstylist Joseph Williams is giving away free haircuts to people in need. For some, the offer seems too good to be true: “It is free. And I don’t think people can handle that,” Williams said. 

Laurel Andrews
A book that revisits the life of a beloved Alaska sea captain claims Vladimir Putin came to Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, years before his rise to prominence as a political force in Russia. A Russian expert says he's not convinced.  Alex DeMarban
A community activist is working to transform a vacant space in the Northway Mall into a hub for urban arts education and hip-hop culture, a piece of a broader "rebranding" effort for hip-hop in the city. Devin Kelly
I got drunk, kissed and sexted my ex. Should I tell my new guy? Technically, we're not exclusive, so ...Wayne and Wanda
West High graduate Maeva Ordaz says her migrant parents' hard work and emphasis on education inspired her to pursue scholarships and compete in the national Poetry Out Loud competition.Mike Dunham
When I was introduced to Chugiak's Thillman Wallace to discuss helping with his memoir in the final months of his life, the kindred feeling was immediate. Mary Katzke
Don’t mix work with pleasure, even though sometimes it’s so darn tempting.Wayne and Wanda

The winners of the 33rd annual Creative Writing Contest sponsored by the University of Alaska and Alaska Dispatch News. 

Alaska Dispatch News
An excerpt from "Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-town Obituary Writer," the new book by Heather Lende of Haines, chock full of plainspoken good sense.Heather Lende
The Anchorage Concert Association will bring up some of the best-selling acts from previous years for the 2015-16 season, announced on April 27, including Pink Martini, Jake Shimabukuro, the Capitol Steps and the musical “Mamma Mia.” Mike Dunham