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Memory burn

August 5, 2014
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Carly Dennis and Reilly Hall enjoy a chill holiday ski several years ago – one of many “memory burns” created in Girdwood. Melissa DeVaughn

My sister has a term for those unexpected moments when something seemingly random or unplanned becomes a lifelong special time: “a memory burn.” It is such a fitting name. One…

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Moving forward

July 3, 2014
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Setbacks are only that – now, how to adjust It was a sunny afternoon in the spring of 2009 as I finished a long training ride and approached the school…

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End of an era

June 11, 2014
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Melissa DeVaughn (fourth from right) rides in a pack during the 2008 Fireweed 100 road race. ANDY HALL

Cycling champion Lekisch leaves lasting legacy to those left behind I haven’t raced the Fireweed for more than five years – our family’s summer business takes us on boats in…

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Chill out

May 6, 2014
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It’s a big world out there to explore – especially in Alaska, where the adventures never cease. MELISSA DEVAUGHN

Beware, be prepared, enjoy it During my first backpacking trip in Alaska, I tried very hard not to be too nervous about bears, nor too worried that I’d be cold…

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Running on adrenaline

April 15, 2014
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The wildly popular Color Run came to Anchorage for the first time last year, and returns this year on June 28.

  Get out your calendar and fill it with summer races On any given weekend, a runner – be it a weekend warrior or a hard-trained marathoner – can find…

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Portrait of an Alaskan

March 13, 2014
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Kikkan Randall, shown here at a World Cup race, may have fallen short of her medal hopes in the Sochi Olympics, but her winning attitude and ambassadorship of Alaska’s popular sport of cross-country skiing earns her a gold. By Sarah Brunson, U.S. Ski Team

With spring skiing on the horizon, ‘think like Kikkan’ Like many Alaskans, I spent a good portion of February planted in front of the television, watching Alaska’s Olympians give it…

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