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Craig Medred

CHITINA -- Even as a sandstorm raged along the Copper River on Thursday, dipnetters by the dozens, if not hundreds, poured into this remote community in eastern Alaska, apparently driven in part by a bad rumor that there would be no personal-use dipnetting on the Kenai River next month.

There is no truth to the rumor. No truth at all.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's preseason forecast for the Kenai calls for a return of 6.1 million sockeye salmon this year, and early indications from the Copper are that sockeye, or red salmon, runs might be coming back a little stronger than projected...

Craig Medred

Finally the secret is out as to how Republican primary winner Joe Miller lost the 2010 Alaska race for the U.S. Senate to long-shot, write-in candidate and fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski.

Blame it all on "illegal alien Rafael Mora-Lopez, who served on the Anchorage Police force for six years before he was discovered ... (and) voted three times in 2010 and 37 other times over a 20-year-period," says Matt Johnson, Miller's senior policy adviser in 2010.

The Mora-Lopez revelation comes on page 235 of "The Joe Miller Story -- Malicious Intent -- Inside the Establishment's War on the Tea Party," Johnson's newly-released book about the election...

Craig Medred

Finally the secret is out as to how Republican primary winner Joe Miller lost the 2010 Alaska race for the U.S. Senate to long-shot, write-in candidate and fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski.

Blame it all on "illegal alien Rafael Mora-Lopez, who served on the Anchorage police force for six years before he was discovered ... (and) voted three times in 2010 and 37 other times over a 20-year period," says Matt Johnson, Miller's senior policy adviser in 2010.

The Mora-Lopez revelation comes on page 235 of "The Joe Miller Story -- Malicious Intent -- Inside the Establishment's War on the Tea Party," Johnson's newly released book about the election...

Craig Medred

All was quiet along the Kenai Peninsula's fabled Russian River on Tuesday as the rain pattered down on the spruce and cottonwood trees and sockeye salmon by the hundreds made their ways upstream through the crystal clear waters.

There was an occasional hiker on the Angler Trail, said Bruce McCurtain, whose company manages the Chugach National Forest campground on a bluff above the river. But for the most part, the occasional bears passing through had the place to themselves.

"There's been a black (bear) with a couple cubs, and a couple brown bears wandering around," he said.

All of that will change on Wednesday. Someone warn the bears a human invasion is coming...

Craig Medred

After more than five decades in Alaska with a fair share of that time spent in the wilderness, Anchorage's Tom Corbin expected the last place a bear would give him a scare would be on the ski trails of Alaska's largest city.

Then again, the one-time top-10 finisher in the now-fabled Crow Pass Crossing wilderness footrace probably never thought the scare would come from a "black" bear that wasn't a "black bear," either.

Welcome to the Big Wild Life, as the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes it.

On Thursday, Corbin was speedwalking with ski poles on the Besh Loop near Service High School on the Anchorage Hillside. This is something the 66-year-old former competitive athlete does to stay in shape...

Craig Medred

All was quiet along the Kenai Peninsula's fabled Russian River on Tuesday as the rain pattered down on the spruce and cottonwood trees and sockeye salmon by the hundreds made their ways upstream through the crystal clear waters.

There was an occasional hiker on the Angler Trail, said Bruce McCurtain, whose company manages the Chugach National Forest campground on a bluff above the river. But for the most part, the occasional bears passing through had the place to themselves.

"There's been a black (bear) with a couple cubs, and a couple brown bears wandering around," he said.

All of that will change on Wednesday. Someone warn the bears a human invasion is coming...

Craig Medred

After more than five decades in Alaska with a fair share of that time spent in the wilderness, Anchorage's Tom Corbin expected the last place a bear would give him a scare would be on the ski trails of Alaska's largest city.

Then again, the one-time top-10 finisher in the now-fabled Crow Pass Crossing wilderness footrace probably never thought the scare would come from a "black" bear that wasn't a "black bear," either.

Welcome to the Big Wild Life , as the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes it...

Craig Medred

As Anchorage residents pedaled toward their jobs and offices on Wednesday -- official Bike to Work Day in Alaska's largest city -- local prosecutors were considering whether to bring charges against a motorist who hit a cyclist on Northern Lights Boulevard last winter.

And the circumstances surrounding the death of another cyclist killed in a collision with an automobile three years ago are being questioned as the matter heads toward trial in a Anchorage Superior Court...

Craig Medred

As Anchorage residents pedaled toward their jobs and offices on Wednesday -- official Bike to Work Day in Alaska's largest city -- local prosecutors were considering whether to bring charges against a motorist who hit a cyclist on Northern Lights Boulevard this winter...

Craig Medred

Sometimes you have to wonder if the efforts that go into trying to teach people how to handle bear encounters in Alaska aren't largely a waste of time, given the amount of luck involved in these things.

Some people do everything wrong and never have a problem. Some do everything right and end up getting mauled or worse.

Joel Bennett, a former member of the Alaska Board of Game and a respected Juneau cameraman who specializes in wildlife films, once described the late Timothy Treadwell as the best he'd ever seen at reading the behavior of grizzly bears and knowing how to handle them...

Craig Medred

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