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Salmon: The Hidden Migration

Juvenile salmon spend important parts of their lives in stream habitat, but this part of their lives is often hidden from our eyes. Go into the forest with Richard Nelson to discover the amazing terrestrial lifecycle of Alaska's salmon species.

Kastle’s Kreations Award-Winning Cupcake Recipe

Kastles Creations Cupcakes Eagle River's Kastle's Kreations, purveyor of quality cupcakes, recently won big on TV's Cupcake Wars with their Lemon Rosemary Smoked Salmon cupcake. Here is the recipe, direct from Kastle's Kreations - in case you're adventurous enough to try it yourself! See the recipe.

Marian Call: Good Morning Moon

The production of Marian Call's Good Morning Moon music video spanned the world and then left it behind completely. The space footage came from NASA archives and the time-lapse photography of Earth came from the International Space Station. Read more.

Brooks Falls Bear Cam

You are watching exclusive live footage from Alaska's Brooks River in Katmai National Park. Every year over a hundred Brown Bears descend on a mile long stretch of Brooks River to feast on the largest Sockeye Salmon run in the world. Click for more.

Indie Rock Inspired by “Alone in the Wilderness”

Most Alaskans know and love the films of Dick Proenneke - especially Alone in the Wilderness. But, you might be surprised to know that a Brooklyn-based indie rock band also draws inspiration from Proenneke's work. Read more.

2013 Alaska Press Club Conference Community Scholarships

Alaska Press Club 2013 Excerpt The Alaska Press Club and Town Square 49 are offering a limited number of scholarships for interested community members to attend the 2013 Alaska Press Club Conference, April 18-20 in Anchorage. This world class media training opportunity will feature presenters from NPR, The Associated Press, The New York Times and more. Learn more.

Recovered Polar Bear Cub At Alaska Zoo

Photo courtesy of the Alaska Zoo Facebook. On March 12, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received word that a female polar bear had been taken near Point Lay, Alaska. The adult female was accompanied by a cub, which was recovered and transferred first to the community of Point Lay. Read more.

Rondy: A Cabin-Fever-Reliever for Alaskans

It’s time to Rondy, Alaskans! Time to quit moping and get outside for some fun at the 78th annual Fur Rondy festival. Days are getting longer and spring is right around the corner. Well, sort of. Fur Rondy starts Friday, Feb. 22 and runs through Sunday, Mar. 3. Learn more.

Rondy Queen and Princesses Named

This week a crowd gathered at the Fur Rondy Shop on the corner of the historic 4th Ave. and D St. in Anchorage to witness the announcement of the 2013 Fur Rondy Queen and Princesses, and the King and Queen Regents. Those chosen as Fur Rondy Royalty serve as goodwill ambassadors for the 10-day festival. Learn more.

PenAir Says Goodbye to the Grumman Goose

PenAir’s last remaining Grumman Goose is heading to a new home, arriving in Anchorage Friday from Unalaska. This event marks the end of an era for PenAir. Read more.

Alaska Filmmakers “Go Ganges!” in New Documentary

Emmy nominated and multiple-award-winning filmmakers Josh Thomas and JJ Kelley have made a name for themselves traveling across Alaska's vast and remote stretches of wilderness. They've thrived where few would dare venture. Their new film premieres in Alaska at the upcoming Anchorage International Film Festival. Click for more details.

Alaska Ski Swap Gears Up for Winter with Some Improvements

The Alyeska Ski Club and the University of Alaska Anchorage Ski Team present the annual Alaska Ski Swap Nov. 10 at the West Anchorage High School gymnasium. The swap generates over $100,000 per year, with 70 percent of each sale retained by sellers and 30 percent donated to support youth skiing in Southcentral Alaska. New this year, the ski swap expands to cover all outdoor winter recreation gear and adds an online registration component for gear that saves sellers money. Read more.

New Pamyua Music Video Released

Bubble Gum is from Pamyua's album SideA/SideB. This drumsong commemorates a student in Ossie's dance class chewing gum when he wasn't supposed to. This music video was shot in Unalakleet, Alaska during the filming of the Discovery Channels show Flying Wild Alaska season three by Anchorage-based film collective Electric Igloo Creative. Click for more.

2012 Wounded Warrior Denali Challenge

In this video, five wounded warriors challenge their disabilities to take on the tallest peak in North America. Larger view.

Call for Submissions: 2013 PBS Online Film Festival

The PBS Online Film Festival is back for its second year and Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT) wants you to be a part of it. NAPT is searching for the best in Native short films from American Indian and Alaska Native filmmakers across the country. As an organization, they'd like to help curate your short film into the larger submission process. Read more.

Arctic Innovation Competition: Deadline Approaching

The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management will award more than $19,000 in cash prizes through its annual Arctic Innovation Competition. The competition, now in its fourth year, asks entrants to propose new, feasible and potentially profitable ideas. Read more.

Tuskegee Airman donates Congressional Gold Medal to Alaska Reserve unit

Tuskegee Airman Col. (Ret.) Charles McGee recently presented his personal medal to Col. Bryan Radliff, 477th FG commander from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. During World War II McGee was a member of the 302nd Fighter Squadron. Learn more.

Photo Gallery: APU Summer Photo Contest

There's no summer like an Alaskan summer or Alaskans in summer. Alaska Pacific University's Summer Photo Contest is about highlighting the community. APU knows they have a very active community and we want others to know it too! Click for photo gallery.

Solo the Rescued Sitka Black Tailed Fawn

On June 29th, AWCC staff received an orphaned sitka black tailed deer from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, arriving on Alaska Airlines Flight 67 from Ketchikan. The orphaned fawn will spend the rest of its days at the Portage facility. More photos.

Video: The Bone Carver

As a young boy on King Island, Sylvester Ayek learned the ways of his Iñupiat elders: hunting, foraging, and the craft of carving walrus ivory and wood. Today, he sells his artwork to support his traditional subsistence lifestyle, struggling to maintain Iñupiat ways in a quickly changing world. Click for more.