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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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A dozen players gathered for four-on-four pickup games of Quidditch on Wednesday evening, May 7, 2015, on the Delaney Park Strip in downtown Anchorage. The game is a variation on one with the same name featured in the Harry Potter book and movie series....

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About 100 people, ages 6 and up, competed in the 2015 State Judo Championship, held at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex at UAA, on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Fighters representing twelve dojos from around Alaska and one from the Yukon participated in the double-elimination tournament....

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JUNEAU -- Rank-and-file legislators trickled into the Capitol late Monday morning as Republican and Democratic leaders met to try to resolve a budget impasse that extended the Alaska Legislature’s 90-day session past its scheduled adjournment Sunday night...

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The final day of the regular session of the Alaska Legislature included a joint session for lawmakers to vote on dozens of appointments by Gov. Bill Walker, and votes on many other bills on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

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With the end of the 2015 session of the Alaska Legislature approaching, lawmakers were busy with a full day of committee meetings and floor sessions at the State Capitol in Juneau on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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