The Anchorage Bucs defeated the Mat-Su Miners to win the Top of the World Series and the ABL championship at Herman Brothers Field in Palmer on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.  
Bob Hallinen
Kristine Dunker, a research biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Andrew Skibo of SePRO Corporation apply liquid fluridone to DeLong Lake to kill the invasive elodea weed on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. 
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Transient killer whales attacking a Steller sea lion in Juneau, Alaska

Sightseeing tour boat captain Andrew Harpster was on a trip out of Juneau in Southeast Alaska recently when he came upon a pod of orcas toying with a Steller sea lion as a precursor to a meal. Harpster uploaded the video to YouTube and shared it on Reddit in recent days. In the video, which runs for two and a half minutes, a group of at least seven orcas push and nudge a Steller sea lion as it struggles near the water's surface. Harpster said on Reddit that the video was captured north of Aaron Island, near Shelter Island northwest of Juneau."I spent 45 minutes watching it, and they were still attacking when I left," Harpster wrote. "It hurt my soul to leave but I had to take my passengers back to the dock. And yes, I saw it start. I was in North Pass watching humpbacks and keeping an eye on the boats on AIS, and saw the orcas making their way toward Eagle Reef at a mid tide where harbor seals haul out."Harpster points out that the group of whales was a transient pod, which differ from resident orcas in both appearance and feeding habits. Where resident orcas typically make meals out of the abundant salmon and other fish in Alaska waters, transient orcas tend to favor marine mammals, like the Steller sea lion seen in the video.Adult Steller sea lions weigh, on average, between about 575 pounds and almost 1,250 pounds, with a wide size discrepancy between the sexes, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. That doesn't stack up to an adult male killer whale, though, which can grow up to 27 feet long and weigh more than 13,000 pounds. 
Erin Kirkland
 Matanuska Glacier, a 26-mile frozen river representing centuries of compressed snowfall, offers visitors the uncommon opportunity to walk right up to and on its frigid flanks.
Kirk Johnson
America’s Far North cherishes its image of wild purity in a landscape so vast it can sometimes seem barely touched by people. But the roughly 600 military installations across Alaska tell a different story.
Shelby Lum

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From Model T's to pretty pickups, hundreds of cars were parked Sunday on the Delaney Park Strip for the Jay Ofsthun Memorial Car Show and Shine. Car lovers and enthusiasts were able to talk with the owners and take pictures at the largest car show in Alaska. 
Shelby Lum
From Model T's to pretty pickups, hundreds of cars were parked Sunday on the Delaney Park Strip for the Jay Ofsthun Memorial Car Show and Shine. Car lovers and enthusiasts were able to talk with the owners and take pictures at the largest car show in Alaska. 
Kamala Kelkar
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy is the only Coast Guard ship that sails to the Arctic regularly, so it’s an invaluable resource for scientists conducting research of all kinds, from testing polar defense technology to learning about climate. Meet some of the people who turn this 16-ton science lab into the nation's most remote, self-sustaining city.
Kamala Kelkar
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy is a uniquely significant resource for the nation; it's the only vessel that provides a platform for Arctic research -- research that helps guide U.S. policies in the rapidly changing region. Research performed from the ship can help shape decisions about national security, climate change and maritime traffic. Here's what life aboard the vessel is like.
Suzanna Caldwell
Commercial setnet salmon fishermen on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula are the target of a statewide ballot initiative that would eliminate their fishery. 
Tara Young

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The 5th annual Salmonfest (formerly Salmonstock) was held in the Ninilchik fairgrounds, July 31 through August 2, 2015. With over 65 performers on four stages and headliners Emmylou Harris and and Rodney Crowell, the festival continues celebrate the most beloved of Alaskan fish, the salmon.Originally started as an event to raise awareness about the proposed Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region, the festival has evolved into one of Alaska's largest summer music events, with nearly 6,000 attendees over three days.Other headliners over the weekend included Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, the California Honeydrops,  the Motet, New Orleans Suspects, Cajun Country Revival, MarchFourth Marching Band, Great American Taxi and Dirty River Ramblers, as well as many Alaska acts. The change from Salmonstock to Salmonfest was made in part to reflect the change in sponsors -- from the Renewable Resources Coalition and Foundation, which had trademarked the Salmonstock name, to the Homer-based Kachemak Bay Conservation Society.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Bob Hallinen
Kenai Post 20 defeated Chugiak Post 33 7-6 to force a second game to determine the American Legion baseball championship team at Mulcahy Stadium on Saturday, August 1, 2015.

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