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Mike Campbell

Memorial Day weekend is typically the opening of the fishing season in Alaska, but many anglers get the itch well before the snow has melted. Hundreds of them will find their way to Homer this weekend for Saturday’s Winter King Salmon Fishing Tournament.

Unlike the summer-long Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, the Kachemak Bay salt water king tournament lasts a single day, but the rewards for lucky anglers can be exceptional. The winning fish has garnered as much as $21,000 in the 20 years of the tournament. And even if a king isn’t large enough to merit a prize, oily winter kings make some of the best-eating filets available...

Mike Campbell

Behind 10 dogs, a 16-year-old from Clarkson, N.Y., defeated a mob of Alaska-hardened teenagers to capture the Jr. Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Sunday.

Although Noah Pereira is a junior soccer player at Brockport High School in New York, consider him a sometimes Alaskan. He’s been working with Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey the past two years in anticipation of running the Jr. Iditarod. When he crossed the finish line at 11:32 a.m. Sunday, Pereira won $4,000 in scholarship money for college and bragging rights at the Seavey dinner table. Finishing second, four minutes behind, was Dallas’ younger brother, Conway. Jenny Greger was third...

Mike Campbell

Like a fine wine that improves with age, 56-year-old Jeff King added another big victory to a resume studded with them on Sunday.

King, 56, of Denali Park, snatched his record ninth victory in the Kuskokwim 300 sled-dog race that starts and ends in the southwest Alaska city of Bethel, crossing the finish line around 11 a.m. behind 12 dogs, only two fewer than he started with. King’s time of 40 hours, 30 minutes, 10 seconds was his eighth fastest time in a Kuskokwim history that dates back to 1988.

"I'm sick and tired of people thinking I'm old. I feel great. I don't have an ache or pain and I've never had a better dog team," King told KYUK radio at the finish line...

Mike Campbell

Think the 23 athletes in the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame don’t quite cover the gamut of sporting accomplishment in the 49th state? For the next couple of weeks, you get a say-so.

Hall of Fame Executive Director Harlow Robinson is soliciting public nominations before the board convenes next month to finalize the Hall’s class of 2013. Easy voting is available online at the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame website . Forty-three Alaska athletes are listed there as suggested nominees, covering a gamut of sporting pursuits from swimming to snowmachine racing and riflery. Not to worry, though, the familiar Alaska sports of skiing, mushing, hockey and basketball are covered, too. Or write-in your choice...

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Until Monday night, the combination of chilly nighttime temperatures and a lack of snowfall meant ice skating on Potter Marsh in South Anchorage was ideal...

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No, it doesn't just sell gear for catching large and smallmouth bass, a species notably absent from Alaska.

Bass Pro Shops, the seller of a huge array of outdoors gear, announces it will open a 100,000-square-foot Anchorage store off of Glenn Highway and Mountain View Drive in the Glenn Square Shopping Center next May, just in time for the fishing season to begin. Construction over the winter aims to expand 60,000 square feet of retail space that already exists at the location...

Mike Campbell

Take a drive down Turnagain Arm and marvel in the beauty of the landscape, changing into winter. But better yet, drive down to Bird Point and get out of the car. One word best describes the scene: frosty.

Take a walk, and in the moments between passing cars, enjoy the silence of a landscape settling into winter. The sound of ice crackling beneath your feet, a raven cawing in the distance, frost falling off a branch as you brush past it...

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Yellows -- with a splash of orange and red -- still dominate the autumn landscape in Southcentral Alaska as birch, aspen, cottonwood and poplar trees turn....

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Only four years ago, about 40 grizzly bears on the Kenai Peninsula were shot in self defense, run down by cars, poached or killed by authorities after being perceived as dangerous.

This year the number fell to 10, and only one of them was a sow. No one is quite sure why, though wildlife biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are confident it isn't because there are fewer bears living in the Kenai Peninsula Borough's 25,600 square miles ...

Mike Campbell

Flooding eased a bit across the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Saturday morning as water levels in the Talkeetna River, Susitna River and Montana Creek dropped. As many as half of Talkeetna’s residents evacuated their homes on Friday as the Talkeetna River hit its second-highest level ever, according to NOAA’s river level website .

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell made a verbal disaster declaration for the Mat-Su and Kenai Peninsula boroughs, with a written declaration expected to follow on Saturday...

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