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Politics were put aside for the afternoon in Juneau as new Gov. Bill Walker hosted the public for the 100th open house at the Governor's Mansion, with 25,000 cookies and 280 pounds of fudge on hand for the occasion.Pat Forgey
A slow start to Cyrano's production of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" gives way to a charming yarn about one 6-year-old's worst day ever, even if the brief play is broken up by an untimely intermission.Donna Freedman
Denali Whiting of Kotzebue is using traditional foods like seal, caribou and salmon to hone her body for competition.Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder
For artist Isidra Castro, it's not always easy wearing her passion on her skin.Marc Lester
Food banks and shelters around the state are hoping for additional donations in the lead-up to the Thanksgiving holiday. Here's how you can help, or if you're in need, how to get a Thanksgiving meal.Megan Edge

Alaska's photographers explore the state with their cameras in our best of November gallery for 2014. 

Alaska Dispatch News
When Mario Gandolfo walked along the shores of Nome earlier this month, he found a World War II military dog tag. And now with the help of a Michigan TV station, he's found the family of the soldier who wore the tag.Heather Walker and 24 Hour News 8 web staff
After more than two years of traveling, sewing and teaching, Kodiak skin sewers have finally completed a replica of a Alaska Native parka more than a century old. Megan Edge

The Holderness family had a massive viral hit last year with their music video Christmas Jammies. Their latest hit, Kin and Moose, is a parody of Snoop Dogg’s "Gin and Juice."

Alaska Dispatch News
Creating a mission-ready dog/handler team doesn't happen by accident. It takes about two years to certify in any of the search disciplines represented by teams of Alaska Search And Rescue Dogs.Lisa Maloney