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    The Brooks Falls Wildlife Viewing Platform at Brooks Camp offers visitors to Katmai National Park and Preserve a rare glimpse of brown bears close up in the wild. 

    Tara Young
The sightseeing plane that crashed in late June near Ketchikan, killing the pilot and eight passengers, was flying in "marginal" visual conditions, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Zaz Hollander
A member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries was cited by wildlife troopers in the commercial fishing hotbed of Dillingham last week for continuing to fish in an area after it had been closed. 
Jeannette Lee Falsey
Hilcorp Energy continues to grow its Alaska presence, recently inking a deal to buy the Cook Inlet assets of XTO Energy, a subsidiary of oil giant Exxon Mobil.
Alex DeMarban
The hollowed-out crater atop Mount St. Helens in Washington, where lava was flowing just a few years ago, now holds the world's youngest glacier.
Sandi Doughton | The Seattle Times
Alaska State Troopers said the couple was reported missing Friday from their campsite but was found dead in a dilapidated trailer along the Denali Highway Sunday. 
Megan Edge
Across Alaska, domesticated animals that have been abused or abandoned are taken in by willing rescuers, from small birds to big horses and anything in between.FeaturesLaurel Andrews and Marc Lester
In his first sit-down interview with Alaska Dispatch News since taking office, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said he’s looking at changing the chains of command in the police and fire departments and wouldn’t commit to keeping police Chief Mew in his post.AnchorageDevin Kelly
For a time, the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines consisted of a concrete cornerstone and nothing else. The University of Alaska celebrated the centennial of its most important stone Monday.CommentaryDermot Cole
An anonymous letter lands on a reader's desk with accusations of an affair involving the sales manager. Can it be ignored? Plus, a man who was coaxed into staying at a stressful job by promises that never materialized has a heart attack. Now his company is nudging him out the door.BusinessLynne Curry

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Adventure

State closes sport fishing for Kuskokwim chum amid low returns

One of the worst returns of chum salmon on record has prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to shut down sport fishing for chums in the Kuskokwim River drainage.Lisa Demer

Sports

Forsberg a force on Mount Marathon, but so were Pease and other Alaskans

While Sweden's Emelie Forsberg demolished the women's Mount Marathon record Saturday, several multi-time champs have delivered performances that surpassed her on a couple of other fronts.Doyle Woody

Culture

A passion for rescue: Meet the people dedicated to helping Alaska's mistreated pets

Across Alaska, domesticated animals that have been abused or abandoned are taken in by willing rescuers, from small birds to big horses and anything in between.Laurel Andrews and Marc Lester

Arctic

Federal polar bear conservation plan focuses on near-term goals

The Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledges that Arctic climate change is the top threat to polar bears, but it says its ability to take action is limited to tasks that fall short of greenhouse gas restrictions. Yereth Rosen

Nation/World

  • With his country struggling to stave off financial collapse, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will try to convince European creditors to agree on a new bailout program when they meet Tuesday for an emergency eurozone summit.

  • The push to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse is about to clear its first hurdle. But even if a bill to bring down the rebel banner passes the state Senate as expected Tuesday, it faces a less certain future in the House.