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Although there were a number of sightings, the Anchorage black bears did not appear to become habituated to people. This may have been due, at least in part, to Government Hill residents’ innovative use of an online application, Nextdoor, to trade information.

Alli Harvey

Dozens of skaters took advantage of good ice and relatively warm temperatures during a day-long skate around the Lynx Lake loop trail in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area near Willow, Alaska, November 16, 2014.

Brian Brettschneider
Ice-covered lakes are not unusual this time of year in Alaska. What is unusual is the lack of snow on top of the ice, leaving backcountry skaters such as Anchorage’s Kevin Turinsky a little gaga. “Yesterday, we went to Nancy Lake, and the conditions were just sublime," he said.   Brian Brettschneider
Troy Hamon's book "14 Days to Alaska" will have any pilot reliving their early days of flying, from the uncertainty and shakiness to the occasional heart-pumping moment of terror.Colleen Mondor
Seats on the ever-popular ski train to Curry sold out Monday afternoon, when the last of the 664 tickets were grabbed. Alaska Dispatch News
Hatcher Pass is usually the go-to destination for skiers and snowmachiners looking for a little early-season snow. Not this year. The bubble of warm air parked over Southcentral Alaska has left the pass high in the Talkeetna Mountains bare-sloped and brutally lacking in white. Zaz Hollander
Since the start of this month, every day has gone above the normal high in Anchorage, and only two have reached the normal low. Beyond that, the daily lows have barely dipped down as cold as the normal highs the last four days.Craig Medred
The Kusko 300 sled-dog race, one of mushing's crown jewels, will reduce the size of dog teams and increase the purse this winter in an effort to draw more teams to the Y-K Delta.Mike Campbell
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
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

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