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WILLOW -- The Sockeye wildfire burning around Willow has displaced 800 people from their homes, but some returned Wednesday despite officials urging them to stay away until the fire is contained...

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HOUSTON -- The uncontrolled, destructive wildland fire that’s burned through more than 7,500 acres around Willow is now the top firefighting priority in the country,...

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David Luntz grilled steaks Friday evening as the summer sun lit up a broad meadow fringed with canvas tents.

A few people sitting in camp chairs sipped gin and tonics, getting to know each other before the weekend got started...

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TALKEETNA -- David Luntz grilled steaks Friday evening as the summer sun lit up a broad meadow fringed with canvas tents.

A few people sitting in camp chairs sipped gin and tonics, getting to know each other before the weekend got started.

Rick Ford and Jon Droska walked up with unloaded hand-built semi-automatic rifles. Ford, in head-to-toe camouflage, shouldered an AK-47. Droska, a bearded, burly U.S. Navy veteran who now conducts emergency medical instruction, carried an AR-15. Around his legs rippled a charcoal-gray “Elkommando” kilt made by Mountain Hardware.

Welcome to the fourth annual Prepper, Survivalist and Militia Rendezvous.The gathering probably isn’t what most Alaskans think of when it comes to the state’s militias...

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The Anchorage Rowing Association hosted a busy day of instruction for beginners on Sand Lake Saturday afternoon. Members hosted visitors as part of Learn To Row Day, a nationwide event geared toward introducing the sport to people who want to give it a try....

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Dipnetters lined the shores near the mouth of the Twentymile River and for a few miles north along the Seward Highway as they scooped up hooligan on Tuesday evening, May 20, 2015...

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In 1970, Mike Gervell finished serving his second tour of duty in the Vietnam War. With an honorable discharge, he returned to his hometown of Anchorage and found a job scooping ice cream.

Gervell was just 20 years old. Ever since, he has lived a solitary life.

“My whole life I never needed nothing,” he said. “Depended on myself pretty much.”

Four and a half decades passed in a quiet struggle for Gervell. After he retired in 2011 from a career in air cargo, his daily life narrowed. He spent most of his time in his house. Meals from the Taco Bell or McDonald's drive-through. Grocery shopping at 3 a.m. to avoid crowds. He slept four or five hours a night, with night terrors startling him awake.

Then, in February, a dog opened his world...

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Several hundred Bartlett High School students received their diplomas at a graduation ceremony at the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The Anchorage School District is recognizing 2,615 students for graduating its high schools and alternative programs this month.

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As the Anchorage Wellness Court recently recognized Catherine Adcock for the strides she’s made in addiction recovery, Deb Hageter watched from the back of the room. She stood to support her new friend: a woman whose arrest she triggered three years ago...

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As the Anchorage Wellness Court recently recognized Catherine Adcock for the strides she’s made in addiction recovery, Deb Hageter watched from the back of the room. She stood to support her new friend: a woman whose arrest she triggered three years ago.

In 2012, Hageter, a pharmacist in Palmer, made the phone call that led to dozens of prescription fraud and drug possession charges against Adcock. It also led to an unlikely friendship between the two women, a bond both say will last.

Adcock says Hageter’s call saved her life...

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