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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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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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