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    AK Art: Sterling artist carves her niche in community

    by Hope Miller on Sep 02, 14:55

    It all started with a bet. In 2012, Twyla Showalter struck a deal with the man who is now her husband and agreed to sell her eggshell carvings at a Kenai Central High School holiday bazaar. If it went horribly, he would stop bugging her about turning her art into a business. If it went […]

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    FBI ‘addressing’ leak of celebrities’ nude photos

    by CBS News on Sep 01, 15:04

    The FBI said it was looking into the matter of nude photos of Hollywood celebrities being leaked online by hackers. In a statement, the agency said it was “aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter.” A publicist for Jennifer Lawrence […]

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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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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,” […]

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    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 […]

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    Sheriff: Robin Williams found with belt on neck

    by CNN / AP on Aug 12, 10:30

    Sheriff’s officials say Robin Williams’ personal assistant found him with a belt around his neck at his San Francisco Bay Area home. Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd also said Tuesday that superficial cuts were found on Williams’ wrist and a pocket knife was found nearby. Toxicology results on whether Williams had any drugs or […]

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    Artists steal the show at Salmonstock 2014

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 03, 19:14

    Art enthusiasts, music mavens and salmon lovers all got their fix this weekend at Salmonstock 2014. Held at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, the annual event is a music and arts festival featuring both Alaskan and national musical artists. Artwork was showcased throughout the festival on both the stage and buildings, and local restaurants set […]

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    Hundreds turn out for Clare to Clare Fashion Show

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 01, 22:42

    It was a night of fashion, food and wine for a good cause. Hundreds of people dressed to impress Friday evening to raise money for Clare House in Anchorage, which provides 24-hour emergency shelter and other services for women and children. All eyes were on runway at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center as local […]

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    New Palmer exhibit sparks ‘selfie’ conversation

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 01, 18:14

    There’s an art to capturing the perfect selfie, but is the selfie itself art? With that question in mind, the Palmer Museum put out a call to action: take a selfie, send it in and be a part of the conversation. “We got this really interesting combination of the Facebook moment snapshots versus the ‘I’m […]

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    AK Art: For the Bakers, art is a family affair

    by Hope Miller on Jul 31, 12:21

    Some couples are so close that they can finish each other’s sentences. Jeramie and Jess Baker, also known as Baker and Smudge, have a bond that goes beyond words — they make art together. The Bartlett High School sweethearts met in art class and immediately hit it off. They moved to Seattle for art school […]