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Expecting high demand for peak travel months in 2015, Denali National Park and Preserve will soon be opening the early reservation process for the park's four major campgrounds and its shuttle service. 

Megan Edge

On a crisp Saturday in November, around 45 disc golf enthusiasts showed up at Anchorage's Westchester Lagoon Park disc golf course hauling their discs and a frozen turkey, the tournament's entry fee.

Loren Holmes
Alyeska won't be opening on Thanksgiving Day as planned. Little snowfall and warm temperatures have kept the base of the mountain bare and dangerous for those hoping to hit the slopes. Megan Edge
Although there were a number of sightings, the Anchorage black bears did not appear to become habituated to people. This may have been due, at least in part, to Government Hill residents’ innovative use of an online application, Nextdoor, to trade information.Alli Harvey

Dozens of skaters took advantage of good ice and relatively warm temperatures during a day-long skate around the Lynx Lake loop trail in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area near Willow, Alaska, November 16, 2014.

Brian Brettschneider
Ice-covered lakes are not unusual this time of year in Alaska. What is unusual is the lack of snow on top of the ice, leaving backcountry skaters such as Anchorage’s Kevin Turinsky a little gaga. “Yesterday, we went to Nancy Lake, and the conditions were just sublime," he said.   Brian Brettschneider
The northern lights are expected to dance over much of Alaska through the weekend.Laurel Andrews
Since the start of this month, every day has gone above the normal high in Anchorage, and only two have reached the normal low. Beyond that, the daily lows have barely dipped down as cold as the normal highs the last four days.Craig Medred
Hunting opened Oct. 1 and will continue through the end of March. Hunters’ success rate is typically good. Mid-winter finds most animals on the bison range or near farms in the Delta Agricultural Project. Many landowners will allow hunting on their parcels for a fee -- $500 seems to be the going rate.John Schandelmeier
Roaring Iron Dogs are set to join barking sled dogs as part of the winter festivities featured in downtown Anchorage. The Iron Dog snowmachine race announced Monday it will join the events featuring Anchorage starts or ceremonial starts. The world's longest snowmachine race, the Iron Dog covers about 2,000 miles across Alaska. Craig Medred

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