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Trees blocking trails, obscenities, gunfire -- Willow mushers say it's just one sled dog critic who's responsible for several years of harassment of the kind that now falls under a new Matanuska-Susitna Borough ordinance. Zaz Hollander

New evidence suggests that the wasting disease that has killed off millions of starfish from California to Alaska has been caused by a virus found in sea stars since the 1940s. It's unclear if the illness is part of a natural cycle or if other causes are to blame, but the disease is still spreading.


Alaska Dispatch News

U.S. Army Alaska and the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, hosted a three-day small-arms marksmanship competition at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.  

Bill Roth
Lynx are on a roughly six-year abundance cycle in the region, with populations tied to snowshoe hare numbers. Lynx populations drop within a few years after hare populations become scarce, according to Fish and Game.Associated Press
The home of the Iditarod has become the first place in Alaska to give dog mushing its own rule book, addressing everything from poop-scooping to people who try to harass dog teams on the trail.  Zaz Hollander

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