Have you ever heard of Fat Bear Week?

Fat Bear Week is an annual tournament held at Brooks River, Alaska, in Katmai National Park and Preserve. The preserve stretches about 4.1 million acres. The event determines the fattest bear of the year in Brooks River. From Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, anybody can cast their vote to decide the fattest bear.

It all started as an event titled Fat Bear Tuesday in 2014. It grew into a weeklong contest a year later in hopes of raising awareness about wildlife in the park and preserve, the home of about 2,200 brown bears.

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 Do you believe in magic? How about magical places? If not, maybe this story will change your mind.

Walt Disney was born on Dec. 5, 1901, and died Dec. 15, 1966. Disney was the creator of Mickey Mouse in 1928. Mickey Mouse was his first success in the animated world. He also created the movies, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937 along with “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia” in 1940. Disney won 26 Academy Awards, 22 being competitive and four honorary. Disney also won three Golden Globe Awards and one Emmy Award.

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 I reviewed “The Littlest Candle: A Hanukkah Story.” Every day during Hanukkah a candle is lit. In this book the candles come to life. They can talk, walk, dance and sing. The candles try to convince the other candles to vote for them to be the first one lit.

One of the main candles is Little Flicker, who is the smallest candle in the box. He sleeps in a kitchen drawer. Ms. Wicks is another character and so is Waxy, who is a very smart candle and teaches the history of Hanukkah and the importance of every candle in the menorah.

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 “....So yeah, just living the dream out here,” says Warrant Officer-1 Emily Gin when asked about her career as a helicopter pilot in training.

The Tucson native was a gymnast and Young Reporter as a child, starting around the age of 7. She says her favorite story she wrote for the newspaper was when she got to visit the tallest horse in the world. She spills that her and the horse got a picture together “and it made me look so small because the horse was really tall!”

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 Have you ever wondered why leaves change color in the fall? Have you ever noticed that when they change color they flutter to the ground? Well, behind all the color changing there is some science involved.

First, the pigments (yellow, orange and other colors in a leaf) have been there the whole time, but the chlorophyll (the green color in a leaf) takes over and the pigments become invisible because green is the strongest color. In fall, the chlorophyll breaks down and you can see other colors or pigments.

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 I enjoyed interviewing a veteran and I learned a lot. In the military, he is known as Chaplain (Major) Danny Hughes, United States Army. One becomes a veteran after they have served a deployment. A deployment is serving the military in a different country. This can be a war zone, where fighting is taking place.

Chaplain Hughes is active duty (still in the Army), has served in the Army for 12 years and was deployed for one. He served in Jordan, Syria and Kuwait. His call to serve was in response to the 9/11 attacks in 2001. He wanted to help defend his country.

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 Halloween is traditionally scary with masks and monsters, but due to the pandemic of COVID-19, many people are starting to wonder what Halloween will look like this year.

Dr. Shad Marvasti, a Valley doctor, says we need to come up with creative ways to stay connected to family and friends. If you leave candy out for trick-or-treating ghouls and goblins, he suggests that you leave out pre-packaged candy in small allotments so kids are not reaching their hands into the same bowl.

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