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James Shewmake was the science and nerd culture columnist for the Alaska Commons. He also provided photojournalism and general editorial content for the site. He was the 2nd place finalist for the 2013 Alaska Press Club Leslie Ann Murray Award for his editorial piece on science and religion. James holds a Master’s of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks. When he is not working on content for the Commons, he is usually dedicating himself to research on subsistence fisheries, time travel, and/or the establishment of a new Galactic Empire.

Rage City Rollerderby Bout 1 [Gallery]

The only thing better than rollerderby is MORE ROLLERDERBY. Here's some more photos from the first bout.

Rage City Rollergirls Do the Monster Mash!

The Anchorage Rollerderby season kicked off with a local bout this past Saturday. If you missed the bout, check our summary.

Scary Alaska Stories: The Forgotten Mine [FICTION]

In honor of Halloween, we're featuring certain Alaska-themed scary stories. Today's story follows a land claims lawyer who makes an unfortunate journey into forgotten mine in Southeast Alaska.

Black Eye and Tie a Success for Rollergirls [Gallery]

Last Thursday night the Rage City Rollergirls held their last preseason fundraiser before their first bout of the 6th season, which starts October 26....

Rage City Rollergirls Preseason Primer

The Rage City Rollergirls are hosting a fundraiser tonight and their regular season kicks off on October 26. Find out why these bouts are important to the success of the team.

Rage City Roller Derby Scrimmage [Gallery]

Last Thursday night James Shewmake spent some time with the Rage City Rollergirls. Here's a preview gallery of the scrimmage, check back later for a preseason primer.

News Roundup: October 24, 2013

Every week, we parse the intertubes to bring you news stories you might have missed or that we think deserve a second read.

The Affordable Care Act Rolls Out Coverage Across Alaska

What does the Affordable Care Act mean for Alaskans? Well if you're Alaska Native, the answer might surprise you. Read to find out more.

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