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Cordova commercial fishermen compete with dipnetters for Copper River fish. They get the first crack at the returning reds -- a prized commodity in international markets each May -- in the Gulf of Alaska just before they enter the river and generally catch about six times as many fish as the dipnetters. Craig Medred
Alaska State Troopers said a man died Saturday evening after being caught in an avalanche in the Rainbow Mountains near the Richardson Highway. Another man was reportedly able to dig himself out of the avalanche after hours of effort.Alaska Dispatch News
He moved massively, like a monstrous raised turtle, slinging his forepaws in looping, pigeon-toed strides. His sloping hindquarters shuffled along behind as if they had difficulty keeping up with the rest of him. His shoulders bulged with crawling movements, and he swung his grizzled head from side to side.Sam Keith
Remington has for years been fighting accusations the triggers on the rifles are faulty, and that because of a design defect the Model 700 can fire inadvertently without the trigger being pulled. Craig Medred
A $200,000 Rasmuson Foundation grant will mostly go to upgrade the kitchen at the Government Peak Recreation Area chalet as the Mat-Su Borough tries to lure weddings and other rentals. Zaz Hollander
Great Land Trust and Eklutna Inc. are preserving more than 1,300 acres of land in Butte and Chugiak under conservation easements around popular recreation areas near Jim Lake. Zaz Hollander
Alyeska Resort will open a few ski and snowboard trails on the upper mountain for three days starting Friday before shutting down again to make more snow. Lift tickets will be discounted.Megan Edge
Snowmaking was expected to begin two winters ago at Kincaid Park, but initial testing revealed problems that included a leak in a main water line, plus clogging due to sand and silt that infiltrated the system. Nathaniel Herz
Two of a group of three moose hunters from Southcentral Alaska ended up in jail in Glennallen on Monday, according to troopers, who say problems for the men apparently started with a little too much to drink in camp on Sunday evening.Craig Medred
Angel Collinson, 24, delivers a performance that suggests she’s now one of the top big-mountain female skiers in the world, tackling steep Alaska peaks. Alaska Dispatch News

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