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Paddling 'dirtbags' press their case with bureaucrats and politicians for the chance to make their case to float rivers in our national parks. Kris Farmen

Thousands of sandhill cranes gather at the Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in the fall before their migration south from Fairbanks. After feeding on mature barley planted at the former dairy, cranes fly off to marshy areas to roost for the night.

Bob Hallinen
OPINION: Alaska State Troopers report they cannot say who they believe perished in the Tonsina Creek drainage near Seward because of Department of Public Safety policies. Consequently, the man's name may never be known.Craig Medred
No one could quite believe their eyes. A 9-foot-long hot dog on a 7-foot-long bun was beached like a dead whale on the shore of Cook Inlet.  Craig Medred
Magic was the good dog who lived in the shadow of litter mate Arlo, a phenomenal black Labrador who shone so bright that his brother sometimes got lost in the glow. But Magic had his magic moment. Craig Medred

For decades, Jim Aguiar has worked in Alaska's seafood business, and now owns the Eagle Shellfish oyster farm in Simpson Bay on Prince William Sound. He faces numerous difficulties related to the industry, but works hard to streamline his operations.

Ben Yeager | Cordova Times

Says photographer Chris Burkard: "Part of why I love traveling to these remote destinations is it puts nature as the star of the images and the surfers as just small objects within the beauty that surrounds them."

Alaska Dispatch News

From Arctic Valley to Nome, from the Kenai Peninsula to the mossy tundra of the Denali Highway, wild blueberries are in full fruit.

Tara Young
A 16-year-old Eagle Scout from Idaho took the lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby on Tuesday with a fish 57 pounds heavier than the previous leader.Matt Tunseth
The discovery of human remains near Seward has sparked speculation that the body of Michael LeMaitre, quite possibly the state's most famous missing person, has been found, but that appears unlikely.Craig Medred