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Alaska Airlines flight attendant Brandy Hollenbeck began her March 18 flight from Seattle to Juneau, Alaska like any other. As she worked the flight, the first leg of Alaska’s ‘milk run’ through Southeast Alaska, she had no idea that behind the scenes her boyfriend and her fellow flight attendants were scheming to give her a surprise inflight proposal.

A pirate ship, a superhero scene, a faucet with a round, glistening drop of water. These are just some of the otherworldly ice sculptures on display through the end of the month at Ice Alaska: 2015 BP World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska. Artists travel from all around the world for the chance to work with Fairbanks ice, some of the clearest in the world. They use chisels, chainsaws and heat… Read More

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Two days before the ceremonial start of the 2015 Iditarod, 78 mushers gathered for a welcome in a hotel conference room in Anchorage, Alaska. In among the sweatshirt, bivy sack and other pre-race swag given to the mushers is a small but very important notebook: the vet book. It is in this notebook that a team of volunteer veterinarians stationed along the trail’s 18 checkpoints will document careful notes about every single… Read More

The airplane that hit a fish is one of the most legendary stories in Alaska Airlines lore. Like all great fish tales, the size of the fish grows with every telling, but the story that made headlines around the world in 1987 is completely true. (Although it probably didn’t help that newspapers published the story on April Fool’s Day.)

Oct. 20, 2017 update: Alaska Airlines is continuing its partnership with the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program by investing an additional $1 million over the next three years. This brings Alaska Airlines total investment in the program to $2 million and will allow an additional 2,000 students from rural Alaska to participate in ANSEP. This support is a part of Alaska Airlines’ continued commitment to support youth and education efforts in… Read More

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Sometimes big things do come in small packages. And sometimes, even bigger things come when inspired by the season of giving and a simple idea. Take for instance the tenacity of 8-year old Kendall Wills, a Fairbanks, Alaska resident who has spent a fair amount of time in Seattle – not by choice but for medical necessities. Kendall was diagnosed at age four with a kidney disease and has spent a good portion… Read More

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Going to college can be scary. Going to college on an urban, 14,000-student campus when you’ve spent your whole life in a rural community of several hundred can be even scarier. “For me, it was a challenge,” says Michael Bourdukofsky, chief operations officer for the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP), an organization with the mission of providing native Alaskan students with the support they need to be successful in higher… Read More

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On a sunny September day 330 miles above the Arctic Circle, 22 high schoolers play what is arguably the country’s most extreme game of football. It is a balmy 34 degrees – closer to 0 with wind chill, and parents, friends and supporters gather round the open-air field keeping warm in thick, knit hats and bowls of homemade goulash sold by the parent booster club. A chilly lagoon borders the field on… Read More

Ben Pierce, of Dallas, is only 9, but after a trip to Alaska last week, he now has lifetime of visual memories. Born premature, weighing just over a pound, Ben had suffered numerous setbacks in his young life, chief among them being the gradual loss of his eyesight due to scar tissue from surgery. His doctors coached him to put together a “visual wish list” of all the things he’d like to… Read More

Denali, Fairbanks in the autumn

Autumn is near and people are getting ready for an explosion of color that will light up the country. However, if you talk to a “leaf peeper,” (someone who travels to see the changing colors of fall foliage) you’ll learn that sight is only one part of the story. The crunch of leaves underfoot, the perfume of an apple orchard or the comforting smell of a wood fire are all parts of… Read More