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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. 

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Trapper Creek Bluegrass Festival draws crowd to 'big playground' in Alaska wilderness

May 26, 2015 - 5:20pm -- benanderson
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Trapper Creek Bluegrass Festival is as close to Burning Man as you’ll find in Alaska, drawing a crowd of counter-culture, artistically minded individuals who -- it must be said -- know their way around a hallucinogen or two.

Yurts, tents and urban suites -- Airbnb options grow in Alaska

May 24, 2015 - 7:47pm -- benanderson
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"You're on your own. Try not to die," reads one Airbnb listing near the off-the-beaten path community of McCarthy. When it comes to listings on the space-sharing site in the Last Frontier, you can go traditional -- or you can really get out there.

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

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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
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
What is surely the oldest habitable house in Alaska is for sale, a two-and-a-half story wood-frame structure on Campbell Lake built around 1680. To be clear, it hasn’t always been in Alaska. Mike Dunham
Breakup appears to be imminent on the Tanana River at Nenana, perhaps the third-earliest in the history of the Nenana Ice Classic. The ice has never gone out on April 21 or 22.Dermot Cole
An Alaska woman suspected her family's dog snatched her wedding ring, but she couldn't find proof -- until the diamond-encrusted platinum band turned up months later at a local ball field.Associated Press
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