Positive stories from Alaska and beyond.
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has a crop of young racers keeping veteran mushers on their toes.
Teacher and coach Wes Cornelison organized the fundraiser, which raised a total of $8,000.
Founded more than a decade ago, the Chugiak-based August Fund finds ways for retired sled dogs to be adopted by Alaskans and people all over the nation.
The Mo Mountain Mutts dog walking business has produced a few viral videos over the past year. But a video of dogs being picked up by the Puppy Bus has become a sensation.
In his first journey outside the hospital since his ordeal began in November, Ryan Clevenger attended the team’s morning skate and got to meet with Kraken forward Ryan Donato and goaltender Martin Jones.
Patrick Holland knows that if he’d been in Seattle instead of Fairbanks last week, the heart would have been his. Dozens of readers reached out to offer him a place to stay so he’d be close by when the next heart became available.
The UAA basketball player had to recover from open heart surgery, along with an Achilles injury, to return to the court — and gained a new perspective on life along the way.
Fairbanks resident Patrick Holland found — and then lost — his chance at an ideal match for a transplant as poor weather sent air travel into disarray. But for now, he’s holding on to hope and being thankful for what he has.
Moose, eagles and ravens keep wildlife specialists occupied in winter around Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, which faces unique challenges.
Manusiu Muti from Barrow High School took first place in her division at the state tournament, becoming the first athlete from Utqiaġvik to win a state championship in girls wrestling.
With a little help from a chartered flight, a whaling crew from Nuiqsut shared bowhead with the inland community of Anaktuvuk Pass.
After a pandemic hiatus, the annual tradition spreading festive cheer around the state traveled up to the North Slope with presents, ice cream and trombones.
Alaska Native artifacts taken from Kake in the early 1900s were brought home from a university in Oregon this month. “When I looked at them, it was like looking at my past and my elders,” said Lincoln Bean, vice chairman for the Organized Village of Kake.
On an afternoon in November, Mateo Jaime aged out of Alaska foster care. He wanted to make what’s usually a grim bureaucratic formality a celebration. And he did.
The record-breaking New York Yankees outfielder is still remembered fondly within the Alaska baseball community from his time playing in the ABL in 2011.
“We used to be kids too,” said Javier Tatham, one of the district’s drivers in training. “Now it’s our turn to help out the community.”
Brian McKinnon’s innovative cooler company is on track to achieve the kind of success that’s nearly unheard of for a startup. It’s a life-changing development for McKinnon, a Wasilla resident who struggled with homelessness, substance abuse and PTSD after the 2017 shooting.
The NASA astronaut will be traveling to the International Space Station this fall and, if chosen, is on route to potentially being the first woman on the moon .
Using traditional hunting knowledge and tools, North Slope whalers and scientists will soon be tagging bowhead whales in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas ― one example of a long-lasting collaboration between whalers and scientists.
“She said, ‘Do you want to go hunt for a leg?’ and I’m like, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s go find some treasure.’ "
After a recent meeting with the legendary Golden State Warrior, 15-year-old Joseph Tagaban, whose cancer is in remission, is ready to take on opponents on the court next year.
“Alaska was my biggest dream all my life,” said Diego Saad, 44.
After a successful spring whaling season, residents celebrated with a festival that included community meals, the blanket toss and late-night traditional dancing.
Drag Lotería is their biggest event and features bingo, mocktails and drag artists.
Fulton, an Alaskan living in New York City, has become somewhat internet famous for wrangling a possum out of a local bar.