Knights don helmets, pick up shields and put armor to the test. Fans are treated to run after run of horse and knight hurtled at one other. The object is to use the lance to land a perfect strike against the opponent’s shield.

Scott Jensen
The Alaska State Fair is in full swing in Palmer. Wondering what to see? Here are some of our choices.Alaska Dispatch News

Since the dawn of the jet age, Alaska has been a prime spot for presidential stopovers.

Alaska Dispatch News
Many opportunities exist in our community where churches and their individual members could have a more significant impact in improving our community. In this week’s column, I’ll detail five ways that can happen. A few churches have a track record in some of these areas, but many do not.Chris Thompson
You would think that we would all be showing a bit of global warming-induced gardening fatigue, but such does not appear to be the case. We are using every bit of the time we can, apparently.Jeff Lowenfels
Count on it, fellow Alaskans. A presidential visit like this may never happen again in your lifetime. Thank goodness.Libby Bakalar
Since the mid-20th century, Alaska and the Arctic have been warming about twice as fast as the global rate. Over the past five decades, average Alaska temperatures have increased by 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit, with the increases most pronounced in winter -- a change noticed by Native elders decades ago.  Yereth Rosen

The 2015 Alaska State Fair began on Thursday, Aug. 27, and runs through Sept. 7. 

Shelby Lum

Marya and Garnett Morrow Sr. of Moose Gardens Bed and Breakfast have been competing in the Alaska State Fair since the early 1980s, but have been consistently winning grand champion ribbons every year since 1985. 

Tara Young
I’ve never felt this way about anyone I’ve dated.Wayne and Wanda