Today's News

The Brooks Falls Wildlife Viewing Platform at Brooks Camp offers visitors to Katmai National Park and Preserve a rare glimpse of brown bears close up in the wild. The Brooks Falls bear cam at Explore.org offers a glimpse of that experience to viewers around the world.

Tara Young
LETTERS: Readers weigh in on Mount Marathon coverage, Medicaid expansion and the Confederate flag. Alaska Dispatch News

Families and friends gathered at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to welcome back hundreds of paratroopers from a nine-month deployment to Kosovo.

Shelby Lum
The Coast Guard launched a C-130 plane and helicopter and troopers sent up an aircraft as well after a man reported his boat ran out of gas Sunday in Kuskokwim Bay.Lisa Demer
One of the worst returns of chum salmon on record has prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to shut down sport fishing for chums in the Kuskokwim River drainage.Lisa Demer
For a time, the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines consisted of a concrete cornerstone and nothing else. The University of Alaska celebrated the centennial of its most important stone Monday.Dermot Cole
An anonymous letter lands on a reader's desk with accusations of an affair involving the sales manager. Can it be ignored? Plus, a man who was coaxed into staying at a stressful job by promises that never materialized has a heart attack. Now his company is nudging him out the door.Lynne Curry
A stretch of the Seward Highway just south of Bird Creek will be closed to motorists 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through July for construction work.Tegan Hanlon
A member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries was cited by wildlife troopers in the commercial fishing hotbed of Dillingham last week for continuing to fish in an area after it had been closed. Jeannette Lee Falsey
In his first sit-down interview with Alaska Dispatch News since taking office, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said he’s looking at changing the chains of command in the police and fire departments and wouldn’t commit to keeping police Chief Mew in his post.Devin Kelly

The Glacier Pilots took on the Alaska Goldpanners at Mulcahy Stadium on Sunday July 5, 2015. 

Shelby Lum
Across Alaska, domesticated animals that have been abused or abandoned are taken in by willing rescuers, from small birds to big horses and anything in between.Laurel Andrews and Marc Lester
OPINION: Celebration of diversity is fine, but let's not confuse celebration with genuine equality; the evidence is clear that we're not there yet.E.J.R. David
OPINION: Paul Jenkins misses the mark on racism, guns and grace. Wanda V. Laws
One thousand years of human progress -- or maybe regression -- will be covered in 100 minutes in “Western Civilization: The Complete Musical (abridged)."Mike Dunham
The senior-to-be will compete in the vault finals Tuesday.Alaska Dispatch News
Anchorage police say they got a call around 6:45 p.m. Sunday from a woman who reportedly found a human jawbone while walking in South Anchorage. Tegan Hanlon
The Palmer runner has won the women's division two straight years and three times in the five-year history of the race. Laron Thomas of Anchorage won the overall title.Alaska Dispatch News

A selection of photos from Alaska Dispatch News photographers and contributors from July 2015.

Erik Hill
While Sweden's Emelie Forsberg demolished the women's Mount Marathon record Saturday, several multi-time champs have delivered performances that surpassed her on a couple of other fronts.Doyle Woody