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    Thousands of music-lovers packed the Ninilchik State Fair grounds over the weekend for the 5th annual Salmonfest. Watch and listen. 

    Tara Young
Short-term weather systems and long-term climate warming are combining to create conditions ripe for another non-wintery Alaska winter.
Yereth Rosen
An East Anchorage family of 11 was given emergency shelter  by the Red Cross Sunday after losing their trailer home to a fire.
Alaska Dispatch News
Should salmonberries that carpet the tundra be packed into gallon Ziplocs for sale? What about salmon harvested under subsistence rules, not commercial ones? A debate is raging over the sale of traditional Alaska Native foods.
Lisa Demer
A new initiative would replace our “opt-in” system for voting registration with an “opt-out” approach, potentially adding tens of thousands of names to the voting population in Alaska.
Dermot Cole
The pilot, 28-year-old Jeremy Rodgers of Wasilla, was carrying four passengers in a Cessna headed to Nenana to Coldfoot when wildfire smoke forced him to land on the highway. 
Alaska Dispatch News
A 61-foot dam that helped kill off the Eklutna River salmon run will finally be removed. Will the fish return one day?We AlaskansRick Sinnott
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy has just left of the Chukchi Sea, dropped off a team of scientists in Nome and is sailing through the Aleutians to its next stop in Seward.ArcticKamala Kelkar
Dogs on treadmills are a rare, but not totally new, training technique for mushers. Dallas Seavey wants to take it to the next level.IditarodSuzanna Caldwell
As Lisa Sauder relived the last two weeks and the deaths of a half-dozen regulars from Bean’s Cafe, the Anchorage soup kitchen, she repeated words like “devastating,” “heartbreaking” and “tragic.”AnchorageMegan Edge

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Pressing need to define US interests in Arctic as Anchorage hosts high-level meet

OPINION: The Anchorage-based GLACIER meetings offer a useful forum to build both Arctic-wide cooperation internationally, and to consider a domestic Arctic program that does not require Alaska to become the nations’ environmental conscience.David N. Biette,Anita L. Parlow

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A marine tragedy: Steinbeck boat follows collapse of West Coast fisheries

In the coming decades, the Western Flyer would participate in a series of fisheries that first boomed and then abruptly collapsed in no small part due to being exploited by humans who couldn’t grasp what John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts told them. David A. James

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Healy crew cruises between Arctic Missions

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy has just left of the Chukchi Sea, dropped off a team of scientists in Nome and is sailing through the Aleutians to its next stop in Seward.Kamala Kelkar

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We Alaskans

Death to a deadbeat dam

A 61-foot dam that helped kill off the Eklutna River salmon run will finally be removed. Will the fish return one day?Rick Sinnott