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Mobile kitchens draw lunch crowds to Spenard - 6/11/2013 11:08 am

Hundreds gather to show support for family of slain Cambodian couple - 5/29/2013 9:37 pm

Party like it's 1922 at Sullivan's Steakhouse - 5/24/2013 10:37 pm

Launching the Classic Sailboat Orca at the Homer Boat Harbor - 5/21/2013 5:54 pm

One of state's best gymnasts headed to Junior Olympics - 5/9/2013 2:37 pm

A train ride across Anchorage - 5/9/2013 10:58 am

A Pool for Pooches - 5/2/2013 10:19 am

An Airports Heights family portrait - 4/13/2013 2:58 pm

Mobile kitchens draw lunch crowds to Spenard

Max Walton spins fire.Max Walton spins fire.Boom Ba Laddy's food truck attracts customers.Boom Ba Laddy's food truck attracts customers.If the scene in Spenard on Thursday, June 6, was any indication, Anchorage residents are starved for two things: summer weather and lunch from the growing army of mobile kitchens working the streets. From the center of the ad hoc courtyard the trucks created in a parking lot, customers could also feel the growing pains of the food trend.

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Hundreds gather to show support for family of slain Cambodian couple

Women dance in a circle around Minesoreta Seng.Women dance in a circle around Minesoreta Seng.Don Megga and Mao Tosi host the event.Don Megga and Mao Tosi host the event.Hundreds of people gathered in the parking lot of Northway Mall for a rally Wednesday evening, May 29, 2013, in support of the family of Touch Chea and Sorn Sreap, who police say were killed by a stranger who entered their home through an open window Satu

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Party like it's 1922 at Sullivan's Steakhouse

Rita Davila, center, and friends dance at Sullivan's.Rita Davila, center, and friends dance at Sullivan's.Kandice Martinez, a Sullivan's employee.Kandice Martinez, a Sullivan's employee.Sullivan's Steakhouse hosted a Roaring Twenties themed event on Friday, May 24, to coincide with the recent release of the latest Great Gatsby film. For some, it was a chance to put together a costume inspired by the period and cut loose on the dance floor. Here's a quick spin around the lively scene downtown.

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Launching the Classic Sailboat Orca at the Homer Boat Harbor

In 2010 David and Aulikki Knight and daughter Cassidy Knight headed out of San Francisco with their newly purchased classic 38 foot 1959 wooden Herreshoff Ketch. They got as far as Cape Mendocino before being turned back by the weather. They went for plan B and sailed out of Bellingham, WA up the inside passage to Homer, AK. They had a glorious trip, watching whales being escorted by porpoises. They have been working on restoring the ketch; refinishing the teak deck and this year they pulled it out of the water and refinished the hull.

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One of state's best gymnasts headed to Junior Olympics

For 6 1/2 hours a day, 35 hours a week, 14-year-old Tori Choi goes to work at Arctic Gymnastics, where she has become one of Alaska’s best gymnasts. Last season she captured a Level 9 Western National championship in the uneven parallel bars, and Friday she will make her debut at the Junior Olympics National Championships in Minneapolis, where she will compete in the Junior B Level 10 all-around competition.

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A train ride across Anchorage


Take a tour of the Alaska Railroad corridor with Anchorage city limits. This video, recorded on May 8, 2013, starts at the historic depot near Ship Creek and ends at Potter Marsh. The view is from the upper-deck balcony of a passenger car. The 40-minute trip is sped up to twenty times its actual speed. This train trip was a private event hosted by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

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A Pool for Pooches

Lucca swims after a ball.Lucca swims after a ball.Sophia gets wet.Sophia gets wet.Alaska K9 Aquatics opened in March in a plaza on International Airport Road. It includes an 18-by-35-foot pool that’s about 4 feet deep for people looking to give their dogs swimming exercise. “A tired dog is a good dog,” says business owner Martina Richardson. She says the inspiration for the business came from her experience with her own dog.

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An Airports Heights family portrait

Maya Stackhouse and her cousin Michael Taylor.Maya Stackhouse and her cousin Michael Taylor.In front: Siavalua Lakisa, Frieda Vaaimamao, Frank Lakisa and Jason Ayala. In back: Alexander Lakisa, Aminta Ayala and Hellene Lakisa.In front: Siavalua Lakisa, Frieda Vaaimamao, Frank Lakisa and Jason Ayala. In back: Alexander Lakisa, Aminta Ayala and Hellene Lakisa.Though the weather was mild and sunny on Saturday afternoon, dozens of students and families in Airport Heights made their way back to school. They gathered for fun activities, cooperative games and creative projects.

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Remarkable Places: Portage Lake by moonlight

It’s a rite of spring for many cross-country skiers in the Anchorage area: a trip across Portage Lake to get a good look at the blue ice of the glacier. It can be a crowded place on a bluebird weekend day in late winter or early spring. Skiers can be seen streaming southeasterly from the parking lot at the Chugach National Forest’s Begich Boggs Visitor Center. Sometimes the path is so beaten down, walkers can also enjoy the trip.

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Iditarod remembers Takotna's Jan Newton

Jan Newton in 2009.Jan Newton in 2009.Ramey Smyth, Jan Newtwon and Jeff King in 2009.Ramey Smyth, Jan Newtwon and Jeff King in 2009.

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At Town Square, a conversation to prevent suicide

Chenne Fratis joins in the vigil.Chenne Fratis joins in the vigil.A flash mob strikes a pose.A flash mob strikes a pose.About 75 people gathered at Town Square to light candles and show support for the cause of suicide prevention Friday evening, February 15. Sarah Gunkel organized the event with some of her friends, a group of 10 women who call themselves the Alaska Thick Mamis. They have been doing charitable work to support victims of domestic violence. Gunkel enlisted the group to put on an event that would reach out to people who may be at risk of suicide as well as people who have lost loved ones.

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Theater artist shares secrets to macabre makeup

Erin King, Bradford Jackson and Aaron Bell work with makeup.Erin King, Bradford Jackson and Aaron Bell work with makeup.Danielle Rabinovitch sits for Elle Janecek who demonstrates working with prosthetics.Danielle Rabinovitch sits for Elle Janecek who demonstrates working with prosthetics.If someone were to thumb through the photographs on Elle Janecek's phone, they might get the wrong idea. Her collection is filled with images of cuts, bruises and stitches. The faces are distorted with blood and gore.

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A toast to heart health at wine tasting event

Jessica Cederberg and Tricia Kozler raise a glass for inspection.Jessica Cederberg and Tricia Kozler raise a glass for inspection.Don Goldmann doesn't want you to think of wine as just alcohol. He wants you to think of it as a well-preserved fruit with tremendous health benefits.

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Willy Ruiz attracts attention with creative haircuts


Anchorage barber Willy Ruiz has been attracting attention for his creative haircuts at Maritza's Beauty Shop in Fairview. Ruiz uses a straight razor to shave designs into his clients' hair. He talks about his style and shows some examples in the above video.

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Anchorage firemen give Santa a lift

Fireman Thomas Upchurch helps Santa with his belt.Fireman Thomas Upchurch helps Santa with his belt.Santa rides down 13th Avenue in Fairview.Santa rides down 13th Avenue in Fairview.When any noisy fire truck rolls through the streets of Anchorage, people tend to notice. Instead of getting out of the way for this one, people tend to honk and wave and smile. This is the Santa Claus Express, and its crew is trying to let the fun spread uncontained. Overseeing all is the one-and-only holly-jolly incident commander.

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New Nordic ski trail opens in Girdwood

Girdwood Nordic Ski Club completed work on a hilly 5-kilometer loop recently. The club is hosting a grand opening event on Friday, December 21, 2012. Hear more about it and take a tour in the above video.

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Twins turn twelve on 12/12/12

Kellen, left, and Cade Harris.Kellen, left, and Cade Harris.Brothers Kellen and Cade Harris will turn 12 years old on 12/12/2012. Cade calls it their golden birthday. "The sad thing is we were born at 11:30," said Cade, who is half a minute younger than Kellen. The boys' mother, Pam Giammalva, said that the coming numerical coincidence occurred to her just before the boys were born. "Wow, this will be cool," she says she remembers thinking.

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Remarkable Places: A Butte-Palmer circle tour

The icy bank of the Matanuska River.The icy bank of the Matanuska River.Along the Bodenburg Loop Road in Butte, a barn has seen better days.Along the Bodenburg Loop Road in Butte, a barn has seen better days.It seems like it's been an unusually long stretch of high pressure weather across much of Southcentral Alaska these last few weeks. Though it's been cold, I'm not complaining. Clear winter days can be stunning. Nonetheless, Wednesday's temperatures might have made the day better suited for a scenic drive than a long walk.

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Hundreds gather to remember Jim Crockett

Jim Crockett's son Justin Crockett and daughter Jaime Blikre watch a slide show during the service.Jim Crockett's son Justin Crockett and daughter Jaime Blikre watch a slide show during the service.Mementos of Jim Crockett were on display at City Church.Mementos of Jim Crockett were on display at City Church.Hundreds gathered at Anchorage City Church on December 4, 2012, for a memorial service for Jim Crockett who died of pneumonia on November 29.

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AudioDome cranes necks and splits ears at UAA Planetarium

Curtis Da Tortoise mixes music as images swirl.Curtis Da Tortoise mixes music as images swirl.Before the start of AudioDome on Friday night, media designer Charles Rowell had some warnings for the audience: If they started to feel dizzy, look down from the ceiling of the UAA Planetarium screen. No one has gotten sick yet from the experience, so don't be the first. And understand, the volume is part of the experience.

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