MARY BETH SMETZER

94-year-old checks off B-17 on bucket list

FAIRBANKS - Urban Rahoi doesn't just daydream, he forges ahead and makes his dreams come true, which pretty much sums up the 94-year-old's attitude toward life. Read more

Remains of Fort Yukon chief headed back to Alaska

The long search is over. After 56 years, the grave of the late Fort Yukon Chief Esias Loola has been located in Washington state and plans are in the making to return his remains to the Yukon River village to be buried next to his wife, Katherine, and his stepson, John Stevens. Read more

Virginia Wood, dead at 95, lived an adventurous life

FAIRBANKS — Virginia “Ginny” Hill Wood led a life of adventure beginning at a young age leading horseback trips in her native... Read more

Documentary looks at suicide among Alaska Natives

FAIRBANKS - "In a landscape as dramatic as its stories, Alaska Native people face staggering suicide rates, yet remain determined to heal and thrive." So begins the description of "We Breathe Again," a documentary film in progress on Kickstarter. Read more

Students take action to remove racist names on state map

FAIRBANKS - During the first week of school in August 2010, students in an eighth grade physical science class at Randy Smith Middle School made a startling discovery. There were racist names on an Alaska topographic map. Read more

Fairbanks dentist helps honor Nisei soldiers

FAIRBANKS - The day Pearl Harbor was bombed, Dec. 7, 1941, Brian Yamamoto's father, Edward, was attending the University of Southern California on a baseball scholarship. Read more

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