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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

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

Good news for dipnetters: A strong, early push of red salmon in the Copper River has prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to open the Chitina dipnet fishery ahead of its normal June 10 start while adding bonus fish to the catch.

The fishery, according to a Fish and Game press release, will open on June 7 and run through 11:59 p.m. June 8. A supplemental harvest of an extra 10 red salmon will be allowed during this period...

Craig Medred

Good news for dipnetters: A strong, early push of red salmon in the Copper River has prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to open the Chitina dipnet fishery ahead of its normal June 10 start while adding bonus fish to the catch.

The fishery, according to a Fish and Game press release , will open on June 7 and run through 11:59 p.m. June 8. A supplemental harvest of an extra 10 red salmon will be allowed during this period...

Craig Medred

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