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    State fair hosts duct tape competition

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 31, 19:24

    The Alaska State Fair offers fun in many flavors, including all kinds of contests and competitions. One of the wackier ones on Sunday was the Great Alaska Duct Tape Competition. Contestants of all ages had just 15 minutes to come up with an original creation from duct tape. Winner Marisa Garagues said she didn’t know what […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Food is a main attraction at the state fair

    by Dave Leval on Aug 30, 19:42

    It’s lunch time for Jake Songer and his family at the Alaska State Fair. The Songers have worked up quite an appetite coming from their home in the Kenai Peninsula. They have also found themselves amongst a lot of company in line at M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs. Employees at the hot dog stand show they can […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Fairview violin shop gets a music mural makeover

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 30, 19:06

    Some may call it a symphony for the eyes. Petr’s Violin Shop and Guitar Center of Anchorage unveiled a new mural on Saturday. The artwork is supposed to celebrate the emotions music inspires, says the shop’s owner Petr Bucinsky. “When one person puts up a mural like this, it elevates the spirit,” he said. “And […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hubacek wins cabbage weigh-off

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 29, 21:43

    Alaska has a new cabbage king. Veteran grower Steve Hubacek has won the weigh-off at the Alaska State Fair with a cabbage he nicknamed Marmaduke. Hubacek’s big cabbage tipped the scales at 117.95 pounds, more than four pounds heavier than closest competitor Scott Robb. Robb’s cabbage looked larger but weighed less at 113.7 pounds. The […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Students monitor sound in Denali National Park

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 29, 18:09

    Away from the Denali Park Road and the hoards of tourists you won’t hear anything but the sound of Mother Nature — and students listening to what she has to say. “We’re taking measurements on the distance between how far sound goes before it starts to dissipate,” explained Anderson School student Logan Wright. The group […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Lumberjacks chop the competition at Alaska State Fair

    by Dave Leval on Aug 28, 21:58

    Bob Berg heads up 60 feet to the top of a pole, and then back down it, all in 15 seconds. Welcome to speed pole climbing. Meanwhile, Sam Fenton shows himself to be a cut above the rest as he chops his way through a log. “Nothing is than chopping wood in my mind,” said […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Out of the classroom and into the wilderness

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 28, 18:39

    The trail around Horseshoe Lake in Denali National Park and Preserve is filled with the sounds of hammering and sawing. For Denali Borough students it’s not a bad way to spend a day at school. About 60 students from Anderson, Healy and Cantwell are in the park for a weeklong intensive training course. “They’re pretty […]

  • Only in Alaska

    First Japan Airlines flight kicks off aurora season

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 13:58

    The first aurora borealis seekers from Japan have arrived in Alaska’s interior to launch the unofficial beginning of the northern lights viewing season. The first Japan Airlines flight of the season landed in Fairbanks Wednesday with 174 passengers. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/0k8g9n) reports the flight from Narita Airport near Tokyo is the first of […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    State fair ‘rat race’ brings big fun in small packages

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 28, 7:26

    This isn’t your average game of roulette at the Alaska State Fair. The Palmer Elks Lodge rat race is actually older than the state itself. It involves placing one of the tiny rodents in the middle of a spinning wheel, and placing bets on which colored compartment it will run into. The payoff for each […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Anchorage man almost breaks pumpkin state record

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 26, 22:09

    An Anchorage giant pumpkin grower attempted to set a new state record Tuesday. Local grower Dale Marshall brought three massive pumpkins to the Alaska State Fair. The first two weighed in at around 730 and 750 pounds, but he thought the third would top 1,300 pounds, handily beating the record of 1,286 pounds. When the massive […]

  • Money

    In Anchorage, July employment numbers lowest in years

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 26, 15:33

    Anchorage’s unemployment rate has fallen to 5.1 percent, according to the latest report released by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation Tuesday. With unemployment down half a percent from June’s revised rate, Anchorage remains well below the national rate of 6.5 percent and the statewide rate of 6.1 percent. “Anchorage unemployment last month was at the lowest […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Despite the drizzle, fairgoers find fun

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 25, 19:00

    It was a soggy start to the week at the Alaska State Fair as rain intermittently drizzled in Palmer. That didn’t deter people from coming out for some fun though. Megan Barnes and her friend Ben Trapp came prepared with umbrellas, waterproof jackets and rain boots. “He’s going back home to California tomorrow, so we […]

  • Health

    Kenai City Council ordinance bans e-cigarettes

    by Associated Press on Aug 23, 16:02

    The Kenai City Council has passed an ordinance for electronic cigarettes to be regulated the same as smoking tobacco. The Peninsula Clarion reports (http://bit.ly/1t2Xcm4 ) the ordinance was spurred by concerns over the negative health impacts of e-cigarettes. Kenai Municipal Code prohibits smoking tobacco in a restaurant, bowling alley or medical facility. Adding e-cigarettes to […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Pink Martini band member Rieth found dead

    by Associated Press on Aug 23, 9:35

    Police say the longtime percussionist for Portland, Oregon, band Pink Martini has been found dead. A police spokesman said Friday that the Oregon State medical examiner’s office has determined that 43-year-old Derek Rieth died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The death has been ruled a suicide. Officers found Rieth’s body Wednesday night […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Need a ride to the fair?

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 22, 18:57

    Riding the train is a travel option you might not have thought of, and it’s just one of many that will get you to the Alaska State Fair this year. It takes a little longer to chug from Anchorage to Palmer, but riding the rails has its advantages. “We thought it would be fun for […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: Travel enthusiast, painter shares her skills with students

    by Hope Miller on Aug 22, 16:52

    Linda Infante Lyons didn’t plan on spending time producing much art when she arrived at Denali National Park and Preserve for her 10-day stay as part of the Artist-in-Residence program. But it’s hard not to be in inspired by the vast beauty of the area, and the landscape painter found herself reaching for her oils […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hip hop artist aims to use event to shift public opinion

    by Charlo Greene on Aug 21, 17:41

    Muldoon Manny is a man on a mission. As one of Alaska’s premier hip hop artists, Manny believes he has a responsibility to pave the way for other Alaskans navigating through the local music scene, which Manny says has its own unique challenges. “We don’t have these big record labels here or anything like that,” […]

  • Only in Alaska

    2015 Fur Rondy pin design unveiled

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 15, 19:00

    It’s still a few months away, but it’s not too early to start thinking about Fur Rendezvous. Friday, organizers unveiled next year’s pin design, which incorporates Anchorage’s Centennial Celebration. The pins are part of the 10-day winter festival that celebrates Alaska life and culture, and also help raise money for local charities. The 80th annual Fur […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Photo project documents hunger

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 14, 20:43

    Going hungry is an everyday occurrence for some people in Anchorage, but you might not always know that by their faces. Now, several nonprofits hope to put a face on hunger in our community by hosting an unusual project. They’re distributing cameras to some of their clients and asking them to document what hunger means […]

  • Health

    Blood Bank of Alaska in critical need of O negative blood

    by Hope Miller on Aug 13, 16:37

    The Blood Bank of Alaska needs universal blood donors to get them out of the critical-need zone. Usually the blood bank is able to do OK until their drive at the Alaska State Fair, but accidents throughout the state this year have depleted their supply, said Wes Dahlgren, director of collections at the bank. Summer is […]