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Only about 8,000 of a needed minimum of 15,000 spawning king salmon were in Alaska's famed Kenai River by Thursday.  The latest computer projection puts the expected return at just 13,000 to 14,000 fish -- even with further catches eliminated. 

Craig Medred
One of Alaska's oldest and most respected big-game guides, Joe Hendricks was a victim, in large part, of letting other guides use his exclusive hunting area in the Brooks Range. But as he admits, he wasn't totally innocent either.Craig Medred
Bacteria levels on the beaches of the Kenai River, Southcentral Alaska's popular salmon dipnetting site, were measured at two times the state's standard for recreational waters, the state warned Wednesday. Laurel Andrews
Some Alaska sportfishers and dipnetters believe clubbing is the most ethical way to control flopping salmon and quickly get them out of the dipnet. But others contend it harms the quality of the fish flesh. Kevin Klott
Some Alaska hikes prove especially memorable when, as on that particular night, location, weather, and season come together in a beautiful collaboration. But what makes any hike or climb most scenic smacks of subjectivity.Shawn Lyons
Eleven vessels sail the 3,500-mile series of routes all year, in all sorts of weather, to more than 30 terminals. Passengers rely upon the Alaska Marine Highway for everything from medical care to soccer games and family holidays. But it's a superb way to see parts of Alaska too -- without much fuss. Erin Kirkland
In my experience, paddleboarding has only been humbling. Nonetheless, if you enjoy floating on water and being outdoors, I can finally attest that paddleboarding is worth it. Alli Harvey
There are no easy ways to say goodbye to your best friend for the last time. Hoss was 16 years old, and we'd spent more than a dozen of those years trading thoughts.Craig Medred
Anchorage is only a tiny blip on the map that is our entire state, and I need to force myself out more often so I can get out there and explore. Even when it means dealing with logistics.Alli Harvey
Take one picnic table. Add floats, a trolling motor and an Alaska State Troopers boating safety initiative, and what do you get? A $160 fine for the state's first licensed, seaworthy picnic table.Sean Doogan

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