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Rick Rysso

Stories by Rick Rysso

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Local beardsman beats out-of-state rival for 2017 Mr. Fur Face crown

    by Rick Rysso on Mar 06, 8:41

    When the judges announced the winner of this year’s Fur Rendezvous Mr. Fur Face champion, Adam Bruck had to make sure he heard it correctly.   “Brown bear?” he asked the emcees as judges were relaying their results of a tiebreaker up to the stage. Then the crowd erupted as the coveted crown was placed on Bruck’s […]

  • Only in Alaska

    First-time competitor earns Mr. Fur Face title

    by Rick Rysso on Mar 06, 17:36

    The 2016 Mr. Fur Face crown was handed out Saturday at the Miners and Trappers Charity Ball in Anchorage. The award went to first-time competitor Calvin Alvarez. The win proves you don’t have to be the most experienced competitor to win Mr. Fur Face, Alaska’s beard and moustache championships. Alvarez hails from the Sunshine State. […]

  • DayBreak

    Mr. Fur Face crowned: Douglas Renfro ‘the champion again’

    by Rick Rysso on Mar 08, 12:00

    The Miners and Trappers Charity Ball is a Fur Rondy tradition. It’s an event that also celebrates the Alaskan beard. Winners from 13 different categories took the stage at this year’s Mr. Fur Face contest. This year’s Honey Bear Champion and now two-time Mr. Fur Face is Douglas Renfro. “I got together with my stylist […]

  • DayBreak

    Mr. Fur Face preview part 3: David Traver remembers his quest for a title

    by Rick Rysso on Mar 06, 11:45

    The late Larry Smith inspired David Traver at a young age. He idolized Smith, a Mr. Fur Face champion of the ’70s and ’80s. Traver was close friends with Smith’s son growing up and remembers several sleepovers, during which Smith would bring home his Fur Face hardware. “As kids we used to wait up at […]

  • DayBreak

    Mr. Fur Face preview part 2: 5-time champ lives in a house of hair

    by Rick Rysso on Mar 05, 9:01

    Robert Crawford’s beard journey began the day he retired from the U.S. Air Force. Having to shave twice a day in the military, Crawford became inspired by some decent beards he was able to grow while on vacation or between assignments. Crawford first competed at Mr. Fur Face in 1999. He won the Polar Bear […]

  • DayBreak

    Mr. Fur Face preview part 1: 5th annual UAA Beard and Mustache competition

    by Rick Rysso on Mar 04, 10:59

    Local bearders recently headed to the University of Alaska Anchorage’s student union to compete in categories ranging from grizzly to baby beard, moustache, partial, and even fake.  Now in it’s 5th year,  the UAA Beard and Stache competition has grown to what some people are calling a warm-up for the state championship — Mr. Fur […]

  • Local

    24-hour skiing

    by Rick Rysso on Mar 30, 18:53

    SKAN: It stands for Ski Kincaid All Night. The goal is to see how many laps you can complete in 24 hours. Skiers can compete as individuals or on a relay team consisting of two to eight skiers. Out of the 140 participants, there were eight men and two women brave enough to make the 24-hour journey […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage digs out from under new snow

    by Rick Rysso on Mar 16, 9:23

    Click the video box above to watch the story.

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Athletes describe Special Olympics experience

    by Rick Rysso on Mar 10, 9:29

    Sport, friendship and fun: Those are three words one Special Olympics Alaska athlete used to describe the games at Sunday’s closing ceremony. Click the video box above to watch Alaska competitors describe their Special Olympics experience.