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Craig Medred

The inevitable has happened in the 32-year-old Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic , and 44-year-old Rob Kehrer is dead.

A 10-year veteran of what some consider the toughest wilderness challenge in the world, Kehrer died in the Tana River of Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve on Saturday after apparently launching his packraft a little too soon at the end of the lower river canyon...

Craig Medred

A federal court judge has questioned whether the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is doing enough to protect salmon and halibut from trawlers whose massive nets strip mine the ocean off the Gulf of Alaska coast.

District Court Judge H. Russel Holland's opinion comes in the wake of a decision by the agency that led to a significant cut in the number of independent observers tracking salmon and halibut bycatch on Gulf trawlers. NOAA, which oversees the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council , two years ago went along with a North Pacific council plan that ended up halving the number of people monitoring the trawl fisheries...

Craig Medred

In terms of cool, it's hard to beat sitting on the roof of your garage with a pair of binoculars watching a grizzly bear sow trying to feed on berries while worrying about three rambunctious cubs.

This is how I spent my Sunday evening. What were you doing, America?

In terms of heart stopping, few things beat fleeing from a grizzly bear sow with three cubs. That's what I did on Wednesday. Yes, all Alaskans know the adage: Never Run From Bear! That is good advice, but all bear encounters are situational. Good advice in one situation may not be the best advice in another...

Craig Medred

As a wrongful death suit against the Seward Chamber of Commerce Conference & Visitors Bureau moves toward an October trial in Anchorage Superior Court, previously undisclosed details have emerged describing the horror Peggy LeMaitre endured the day her husband, Michael, disappeared forever somewhere on Mount Marathon.

The 65-year-old Anchorage man went lost on Independence Day 2012 during Seward’s Mount Marathon race, one of Alaska's biggest sporting events. Peggy has since sued the organization that runs the race, seeking undisclosed damages...

Craig Medred

When an Anchorage company that rents motor homes came under attack from the Better Business Bureau, it charged harassment . Now B&B RV Rental LLC clients from Nome to Wasilla to Falls Creek, Ore., are popping up to say some harassment might be a good thing.

Ardyth Potter from Nome said she's been trying for a year to get back the $1,298 deposit she paid on a motor home that turned out to be unavailable at AKMotorhomes, a B&B RV Rental entity. The company, she said, politely offered to "refund the money, not a problem."

Potter was later mailed a check. It was no good. She emailed the company to report that...

Craig Medred

Imagine this: Alaska was the only state in the nation where gross domestic product -- the measure of economic success -- fell last year. Another chunk of our economy appears to have been put on a barge and shipped south to Seattle.

It might not be so bad if not for the indications that even more creative talent shipped out with it. After a few days of being called all sorts of lame names on Facebook, I'm worried about this state.

It appears even creative name-calling is dead in the north.

Please somebody bring back to life state Sen. Bill Ray, D-Juneau, circa 1978: "What do you know? You're just some doofus paddlin' down the Yukon. You can't even find the Capitol and you live here."...

Craig Medred

KENAI RIVER -- Dipnetter Doug O'Harra smiled ear to ear, despite a face splattered in mud and blood. That’s when the idea hit:

Ban the Color Run from Alaska. Ban it.

Come summer, real Alaskans are about blood and mud, or mud and blood -- not about prissy colored cornstarch.

The Alaska Boys and Girls Club should be embarrassed about hooking up with a multicolored scam. (Fundraiser or not, with income big or pitifully small as appears to be the case.)...

Craig Medred

Thirty years ago in Anchorage, a baker by the name of Robert Hansen was found guilty of murdering 17 young women over the course of more than a decade through the 1970s into the 1980s. He probably killed quite a few more. In his sick mind, he thought it was fun.

Now some people think Baker's deadly killing spree something to joke about. Here's radio commentator Shannyn Moore writing in a column in Alaska Dispatch News : "Maybe serial killer Robert Hansen could chair the Choose Respect Campaign. He knows a thing or two about women and violence. With this governor, don’t bet against it."...

Craig Medred

Alaska adventurer Cody Roman Dial, feared missing in Costa Rica's rugged Corcovado National Park, was apparently seen in a hostel in that country six days ago.

The news comes from his father, Alaska Pacific University Professor Roman Dial, who is now in the Latin American country searching for his son.

Peggy Dial, Cody's mom, was too distraught to talk on Sunday, but indicated it should now be reported that Cody is no longer missing. In a Saturday post on Roman's Facebook page, she reported, "Good News! Cody Roman was seen on the 21st and Roman is following confusing leads! Getting closer to our boy!"...

Craig Medred

The bad news everyone had been waiting for on the Kenai River came late Thursday.

Sport fishing for late-run Kenai king salmon is being shut down in the river, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the consequences will ripple out into Cook Inlet to force closure of some commercial fisheries as well...

Craig Medred