Loren Holmes
The Alaska Zoo hosted one of the world's foremost authorities on polar bears at its annual summer gala and fundraiser Thursday night.
Loren Holmes
A summer solstice tradition in Anchorage, dozens of Alaskans hiked up Flattop mountain Wednesday evening, rewarded with a spectacular sunset.
Craig Medred
The Alaska SeaLife Center has welcomed its first-ever beluga whale calf, rescued Monday near the community of Naknek. But it's not likely to become a permanent Alaska fixture.
Craig Medred
After years of uncertain travel to and from their remote community, the residents of Diomede, in the middle of the Bering Strait, may soon find themselves with regular air service.
A 12-member jury has begun deliberating on the multiple felony charges -- including conspiracy to commit murder -- for which three Fairbanks militiamen stand accused. 
A new book by a former Californian fashion photographer looks to put the lens on some of mushing's hardest-working athletes: Iditarod dogs.
Craig Medred
Expeditionary Artist Maria Coryell-Martin is a modern-day artist in the tradition of expeditionary artists of centuries past. She travels with scientists and explorers to remote and beautiful places at both poles.
Craig Medred
Residents in Canada's Arctic gathered together on Saturday to protest the high cost of food in the region. Just how high? Try $105 for a 24-pack of bottled water.
Crow Pass is one of Southcentral Alaska's classic hikes. Although steep in parts, given enough time the 24-mile trail is fairly moderate in difficulty. The trail goes from Girdwood to Eagle River.
Loren Holmes
If you thought that the inner squabbling and drama that has taken over the Alaska Republican Party was over after April’s dramatic and squabbling party convention, think again.
Loren Holmes
Alaska PrideFest culminated Saturday with the annual parade through downtown Anchorage. The parade was a poignant one after a challenging year for the queer community in Alaska’s largest city.
Craig Medred

Glissading

The summer after the winter of the record snow has turned Anchorage's Flattop Mountain into the ideal place for Alaska tourists to maim themselves, according to officials with Chugach State Park. Long the most-popular summit in the 49th state, the 3,510-foot peak named for its easily recognizable shape has over the years been the scene of many accidents. Winter avalanches killed one man and left another in a wheelchair. Falls on the descent of the rocky trail up the north face have killed several others. And this year there is an especially deceptive attraction on Flattop -- an unusually large snowfield on the west side just off the main trail to the summit. The snow has been luring lots of people into sliding down. They usually do so unequipped for a safe glissade. The slides often end with injuries. There is a safe way to slide down snowfields, be they on Flattop or elsewhere in the Chugach Mountains above the state's largest city. With an ice ax and the knowledge on how to use it -- (see video) -- glissading can be fun and injury free. Without the tools and the knowledge, though, it's a crap shoot.

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