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T-rexes, minions and more at the ninth annual Polar Plunge

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   Would you jump into an ice-cold lake for a good cause? Last Saturday, over 1,000 people plunged into Goose Lake in Anchorage for Special Olympics Alaska. The event raised around $300,000 to support the team that will be going to the USA Games in Seattle next July. Hundreds of people gathered around Goose Lake to watch participants plunge into the freezing waters. Some plungers cried, […]

Teapots, saucers and the perfect holiday gifts: UAA ceramics club hosts bi-annual sale

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   UAA ceramic students are getting ready to sell their pieces for the ceramic club’s annual winter pottery sale. In recent years, they have had a line out the door before the sale even begins. Funds from the sale go towards the club’s travels, which send students to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and on other artistic endeavors. Jade Ariah is the […]

Paper Peony: A blooming business

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   Now that the trees have shed their leaves and winter is upon us, people might need a pop of color in their life. Natasha Price’s love of flowers bloomed at her first job at Carrs on Huffman Road in the floral department when she was 14 years old. Today, Price runs Paper Peony, a flower design business in Anchorage. Price might be more well known […]

First Friday: Zining around

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   November’s First Friday will have events happening all over town, one of which is being held by Anchorage Community Works. ACW is hosting Alaska’s first annual zine fair to re-amp the zine scene in town. This First Friday event will be showcasing a variety of self-published works by various artists. Local musicians Mixed Feelings, Brux and Nick Carpenter will be performing live throughout the event. […]

‘Re-establishing a sense of identity:’ RIVR gives indigenous people a voice on broadcast radio

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   A new streaming radio channel aims to give young, indigenous musicians and artists a voice on broadcast radio. RIVR, an acronym for Rising Indigenous Voices Radio, launched at the end of September, and streams 24/7 to provide a unique playlist, from top 40 hits to podcasts of Native American food bloggers. Here’s a song you might hear on RIVR radio. That’s A Tribe Called Red’s […]

‘I am proud to be Iñupiat’: Alaskans celebrate first official Indigenous Peoples Day

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   The second floor of the Atwood Center at Alaska Pacific University was packed shoulder to shoulder with dozens of Alaskans who gathered to celebrate the first official Indigenous People’s Day in Alaska. The celebration at APU featured an opening blessing, buffet lunch and music and dance performances. “BYOD,” or “bring your own drum,” was a commonly quoted term at the event. In June of this […]

Music video: In Ivan Night’s ‘Can’t Lie,’ a mysterious figure out on the town

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This story was originally written for Alaska Dispatch News.   Ivan Night’s music video “Can’t Lie” features a mannequin meandering around Anchorage, taking shots of liquor and burning wooden pallets.   Night, who plays in Pamyua and Superfrequency in addition to his solo project, said he shot the video alongside photographer and filmmaker Kerry Tasker for Open Projector Night at Bear’s Tooth, a showcase for local filmmakers to show their work. They made the video […]

The Church of Love: More than just a nave

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This story was originally written for The Spenardian.   The Church of Love is, quite literally, a church. Throughout decades, the name has changed from the original Lake Spenard Baptist Church, and has had different ministries fill its pews. Since the 1950s, the landmark on Spenard Road has transformed into what is now a creative space for artists and the community. Sculptures were made, albums were recorded and other creative endeavors were born from where pews […]

Productive pests clean taxidermy at the Alaska Beetle Farm

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This story was originally written for The Spenardian.   Two freezers that were severed in half and sealed together operate as the makeshift beetle tank for Max Walton’s Alaska Beetle Farm. Walton’s roughly 100,000 dermestiadae beetles live in the freezer-turned-tank in his garage, which doubles as his workspace. Chunks of styrofoam lie in the tank for the beetles to burrow into and pupate. Skulls from different animals fill the container, some with horns and antlers and […]

Introducing The Writer’s Block: Built by Spenardians

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This story was originally written for The Spenardian.   According to Vered Mares, if you’re looking for a wide selection of Alaskan-written books in Anchorage, you’ll have to buy a ticket out-of-town.“The only other bookstore in the city that sells a really terrific selection of Alaska books is in the airport at Mosquito Books, but you have to have a boarding pass to get there,” Mares said. Mares notes that the Anchorage bowl has several […]