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Bird Treatment and Learning Center staff released a merlin and a great horned owl Saturday as part of "Gone With The Wing," their annual bird festival held at their property on the Old Seward Highway overlooking Potter Marsh....

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COLD BAY -- On a blustery afternoon in July, most of the residents of this town at the edge of Alaska's Aleutian Islands showed up at the one-room airport for another goodbye...

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Alec McGlashan remembers what life as a boy was like in Cold Bay, Alaska. The town recently closed its school, and has lost several families as a result.

READ THE FULL STORY: 'The last kid in Cold Bay'
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Josh Ream of the Alaska Herpetological Society looks for a red eared slider turtle near the west end of Chester Creek in Anchorage on Tuesday, August 4, 2015....

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On a normal day, Bean’s Cafe is full of people. Many more stand in the parking lot of the downtown Anchorage soup kitchen and on the sidewalks of Third Avenue and nearby streets. Others sit or sleep in the grass and woods of neighboring blocks. Hundreds of people, mostly homeless, turn to Bean’s for meals and a place to be indoors for part of the day.

Even by the overwhelming circumstances that, for Bean’s, are standard, it has been a difficult time.

Seven people who were known at Bean’s have recently died, many found on Anchorage streets...

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On a normal day, Bean’s Café is full of people. Many more stand in the parking lot of the downtown Anchorage soup kitchen and on the sidewalks of Third Avenue and nearby streets. Others sit or sleep in the grass and woods of neighboring blocks....

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Mountain runners gathered near Palmer to compete in the 2015 Matanuska Peak Challenge on Saturday, August 1, 2015. The race course brings runners to the top of Lazy Mountain, down across a valley and up to the top of Matanuska Peak, where they turn around at the 6119-foot summit....

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Summer on Kodiak Island, the nation's second-largest island, reveals a striking alpine landscape, rugged beaches, lush coastal land, and an active fishing city...

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SEWARD – The first time Luke Jager raced Mount Marathon, as a 10-year-old in 2010, things did not go awesome...

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SEWARD -- Sweden’s Emelie Forsberg, 28, destroyed one of Alaska’s most revered sports records on Saturday in Seward, slashing nearly three minutes off Nancy Pease’s 25-year-old mark by winning Mount Marathon in an astounding 47 minutes, 48 seconds...

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