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Joel Isaak's love for working with live materials comes from a desire to pursue the historical materials and processes used by his Athabascan ancestors. But Isaak credits the European part of his heritage for the realization of art’s power to express emotion and to communicate.Shehla Anjum | First Alaskans
From Irwin Ravin's pivotal 1972 arrest to the trooper claiming a superhuman sense of smell, and everything in between, take a look at Alaska's colorful, criminal and confusing relationship with marijuana over the past four decades.Megan Edge,Laurel Andrews
From Fairbanks to Homer, travel companies are opening early to welcome Alaskans before the crowds arrive, and the packages are priced right -- but you might have to act fast.Scott McMurren
Chicken soup with matzo balls, lovingly known by my Jewish friends as "Jewish penicillin," is traditionally served as part of the Jewish holiday Passover meal, which falls this year between April 14 and April 22, but it does a body good no matter what time of year.Kim Sunée
A state economic trends report says that the beer industry is bubbling in Alaska, but brewers say there is a lot for lawmakers to change if they want the momentum to continue.Megan Edge
Quillwork was a popular style for decorating Athabascan garments until Europeans introduced glass beads in the mid-1800s. Now, two Athabascan artists and an art conservator are recreating the ancient art of quillwork.Shehla Anjum | First Alaskans
This week, there was a devastating lack of Sarah Palin in "Amazing America with Sarah Palin," and everything felt a bit less amazing.Maia Nolan-Partnow
This morning, my husband Chip woke up and groaned that he had caught the flu, but it felt like food poisoning.  Which brings us full circle. He is still in bed with a pillow over his head and Pearl is sleeping sympathetically in my spot.Heather Lende
When an upstart online news operation acquires the larger local newspaper, it sets off an array of reactions -- optimism, hesitancy, promise, fear of pitfalls.Jill Burke
For the past 30 years, Surreal Studios in Anchorage has seen hundreds of Alaskan musical acts pass through its doors, providing musicians with the means to cut high-quality recordings in hopes of hitting the bigtime.Megan Edge

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