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Forget his crippling canine deformities -- little General is one lucky dog. In the Alaska of old, his life would have been measured in hours. In the wild, he might have made it a day or two until his mother discovered he couldn't walk...

Craig Medred

After the big blow subsided, Anchorage's Kevin Murphy hit the Iditarod Trail north of Knik on Saturday with legs spinning and fat-bike tires rolling.

A day and a half later, having ridden to the edge of the Alaska Range barely visible on the horizon north of the one-time Knik Arm port, he was back from a 225-mile bike ride to claim victory in the second running of the Iditasport...

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Forget his crippling canine deformities -- little General is one lucky dog. In the Alaska of old, his life would have been measured in hours. In the wild, he might have made it a day or two until his mother discovered he couldn't walk...

Craig Medred

Forget his crippling canine deformities -- little General is one lucky dog. In the Alaska of old, his life would have been measured in hours. In the wild, he might have made it a day or two until his mother discovered he couldn't walk...

Craig Medred

A trail-clearing chainsaw lashed to his snowmachine, Iditasport race organizer Billy Koitzsch set out from Knik into heavy winds on Friday afternoon determined to log his way along the Iditarod Trail to the Yentna River if necessary.

Behind him, 35 mountain bikers, skiers and runners were preparing to challenge Saturday gusts forecast to 60 mph on a jaunt of more than 100 miles from Knik to Flathorn Lake, across the Dismal Swamp, up the Yentna River and on to Shell Lake at the foot of the Alaska Range. Some will then circle back to Knik.

Those in the longer race will go 225 miles for several days in temperatures down to minus-25, destined to be made brutally worse if the winds continue. Conditions delayed Friday's scheduled start of the 225-mile race...

Craig Medred

Kenai Peninsula fisherman Roland Maw, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's controversial appointee to the Alaska Board of Fisheries , claims in his resume to have been responsible for a significant scientific achievement, the first identification of a new, endangered species in North America.

In a sworn 2013 affidavit setting out his bona fides as an authority on Alaska fisheries, Maw wrote that he was the "coauthor of 'Fishing Canada's Mountain Parks,' 1985 ... (which has) received numerous public awards for the first scientific description and naming of 'Bull Trout' as a new species of char/trout.''...

Craig Medred

Depending on who tells this story, Kiersten Lippmann is either a sad victim of cyberbullies or a reckless owner of a loose pack of biting dogs.

Anchorage is full of people who love their dogs like family. Some of these people cannot comprehend that an animal that is family to them is to others just a dog, a sometimes threatening and scary cousin of the wolf no matter the thousands of years of domestication.

Enter Lippmann, a former staff scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity, a former member of the University of Alaska Anchorage ski team, a fairly well-known endurance athlete in the community, and the owner of several Belgian Tervuren dogs ...

Craig Medred

If the snows ever return to Southcentral Alaska, here's a tip on how to survive, courtesy of the lamestream media from America's faraway coast: "Stay warm.''

With the mother of all storms (or maybe the stepsister of a midsize Bering Sea blow) pummeling the East Coast this week, "stay warm'' was No. 3 on the list of " top safety tips for surviving the blizzard of 2015'' from CBS News .

Yes, this is the savvy information now provided by the network once home to legendary newsman Walter Cronkite. It has to make Alaskans wonder just how out of touch with nature are those who live Outside.

The other top tips?

"Don't drive."

"Be prepared."...

Craig Medred

Good-bye, snow drought.

Almost halfway through the winter, Alyeska Ski Resort swung back into action this week.

The Girdwood forests surrounding the ski area might still look more like fall than winter, but the mountain is finally open from top to bottom.

The resort warns that early season conditions exist from midway down despite the January date on the calendar, but life in Girdwood looks a lot better now than it did only weeks ago. Cold weather that finally allowed for snow-making was followed by a couple of inches of fresh snow Thursday, allowing groomers to get the Race Trail and a few other routes down to the base of the mountain in good shape...

Craig Medred

In an effort to hype its phony reality TV show "Ultimate Survival Alaska,'' the National Geographic Channel has come up with a nifty list of nine of the 10 accidents least likely to kill people in the 49th state...

Craig Medred

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