Outdoors

Mixed in with all of the salmon are enough rainbows to make it seem like they are a run of their own. There are numerous pike in side sloughs on the lower river and big grayling lurking under snags along the shorelines. Dolly Varden fin slowly behind the spawning sockeye.John Schandelmeier
Short of renovating my home, the best advice for “sensitive populations” is to limit outdoor exposure and exercise when it’s smoky. This will take some doing. Alaska summers -- the good ones, anyway -- were not designed for being indoors.Alli Harvey
Perhaps the biggest – and certainly the oddest – catch this month is a giant 250-pound-plus-pound halibut landed by 10-year-old Lily Hornish of Boise, Idaho, during a trip aboard a charter with Ketchikan’s Clover Pass Resort earlier this month.  Mike Campbell
The early run on the Russian appears to be mirroring last year’s, when nearly 45,000 of the hard-fighting salmon passed the weir. The early run counting ends July 14.  Alaska Dispatch News
Trooper said Josh Love, 40, was injured after his packraft flipped near where Eagle River crosses the Crow Pass Trail.  Michelle Theriault Boots

Alaska Moose Mamas wants to raise orphaned moose calves to be released back into the wild, but the actions of the group's predecessor have left some wondering if the program is worth it.

Suzanna Caldwell
Children are drawn to water, be it through stomping in mud puddles or drawing a canoe paddle across a placid lake. It’s a delightful way to spend time, and Alaska families are fortunate to have a diverse and accessible list of options appropriate for even young kids. Erin Kirkland
Anglers looking to get their fish fix this weekend will need to keep a close eye on both salmon returns and the wildfire situation in Southcentral Alaska.Matt Tunseth


Anglers try their luck fishing for king salmon at the popular urban fishery as the tide floods Ship Creek near downtown Anchorage on Thursday evening, June 17, 2015.  

Steve Hufford didn’t originally set out to climb Near Point so many times. What began as an alternative to an Alaska Club workout evolved into a routine. And Steve’s wife, Gwen, documented each of these climbs by the phone call Steve made to her upon reaching the summit.Shawn Lyons