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  • Only in Alaska

    ‘It’s like prehistoric lawn darts’

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 01, 14:20

    It’s a sport that bridges the present and the past — Denali Borough high school students learned firsthand how hard it was to hunt with a tool called an atlatl. “The technology is pretty simple,” explained Phoebe Gilbert, Denali National Park and Preserve archaeologist. “Have you guys ever seen those Chuckits where you throw a tennis […]

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    Students monitor sound in Denali National Park

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 29, 18:09

    Away from the Denali Park Road and the hoards of tourists you won’t hear anything but the sound of Mother Nature — and students listening to what she has to say. “We’re taking measurements on the distance between how far sound goes before it starts to dissipate,” explained Anderson School student Logan Wright. The group […]

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    Out of the classroom and into the wilderness

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 28, 18:39

    The trail around Horseshoe Lake in Denali National Park and Preserve is filled with the sounds of hammering and sawing. For Denali Borough students it’s not a bad way to spend a day at school. About 60 students from Anderson, Healy and Cantwell are in the park for a weeklong intensive training course. “They’re pretty […]

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    First Japan Airlines flight kicks off aurora season

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 13:58

    The first aurora borealis seekers from Japan have arrived in Alaska’s interior to launch the unofficial beginning of the northern lights viewing season. The first Japan Airlines flight of the season landed in Fairbanks Wednesday with 174 passengers. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/0k8g9n) reports the flight from Narita Airport near Tokyo is the first of […]

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    2015 Fur Rondy pin design unveiled

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 15, 19:00

    It’s still a few months away, but it’s not too early to start thinking about Fur Rendezvous. Friday, organizers unveiled next year’s pin design, which incorporates Anchorage’s Centennial Celebration. The pins are part of the 10-day winter festival that celebrates Alaska life and culture, and also help raise money for local charities. The 80th annual Fur […]

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    ANSEP helps Native youth get hands-on experiences

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 29, 19:22

    It’s not your typical summer job: Trekking into the woods looking for bears. For 18-year-old Randall Friendly it’s the internship of a lifetime. He’s working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at its Brown Bear Research Camp at Karluk Lake on Kodiak Island. “No bears, just some sockeye swimming up the creek,” said Friendly […]

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    Red fox swipes, mangles GoPro

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 22, 20:46

    A red fox seriously injured a GoPro and it was all caught on camera. Last week, a curious fox took the small camera, then ran off with it for several minutes. University of Alaska Anchorage professor Travis Rector and his friend captured the footage during a trip to Round Island in northern Bristol Bay. The two […]

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    Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska

    by Associated Press on Jul 18, 11:30

    A rare blue-colored red king crab was part of a fisherman’s catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska. KNOM reports (http://is.gd/NQ1wSP) Frank McFarland found the blue crab in his pot when fishing on July Fourth off Nome. The blue crab is being kept alive at the Norton Sound Seafood Center until McFarland can have it […]

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    Anchorage black bear sow euthanized

    by Kate McPherson on Jul 17, 17:07

    A mother black bear, seen most recently around Goose Lake Park, has been euthanized after she became a danger to the public, wildlife officials say. She was put down following repeated “trash-related incidents” around heavily populated areas, according to Jessy Coltrane, wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The most recent incident […]

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    Police fire non-lethal rounds to shoo mother black bear, cubs

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 15, 17:45

    There was more trouble with bears near Goose Lake Park Tuesday as police fired non-lethal rounds at a mother to shoo her and her cubs. Officers fired sponge rounds to encourage the bears to leave, police said. The mama black bear, her cubs and another unrelated yearling have been spotted hanging around Goose Lake, the University […]

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    Wolf pups arrive safely at Minnesota Zoo

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 15, 16:09

    The five wolf pups rescued from the Funny River Fire in May have made it safely to their new home at the Minnesota Zoo. The Funny River Five, as they’re known, will be quarantined for about 30 days before entering the permanent wolf exhibit, according to a zoo spokesperson.  

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    People and bears: Too close for comfort

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 14, 18:31

    How close is too close? People in Anchorage are pushing the boundaries when it comes to bears, wildlife experts say. Our cameras were on-scene this weekend when crowds of people came within feet of a mama black bear and her cubs. The family of bears drew a big crowd at Goose Lake Park Saturday. They were […]

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    California man almost breaks record by catching 482-pound halibut

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 14, 17:38

    A southern California man came close to nabbing the sport-fishing record for the biggest halibut. Jack McGuire of Anaheim landed a 95-inch, 482-pound halibut near the mouth of Glacier Bay earlier this month. The catch almost shattered a world-record fish caught in 1996, but had been shot and harpooned before it was brought onto the boat. International […]

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    Family of black bears causes commotion at Goose Lake Park

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 12, 18:55

    During a busy Saturday at Anchorage’s popular Goose Lake Park, visitors found themselves uncomfortably close to a mother black bear and her two cubs. Officials from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said that they will not intervene unless the bears show aggression towards humans. They simply advise bystanders to keep a safe distance […]

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    Reporter’s Notebook: Kenai dipnetter catches seal

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 11, 11:45

    Talk about the one that got away! After a busy day covering opening day of dipnetting on the Kenai, photographer John Thain and I decided to get our nets in the water as well. After about an hour, I had pulled out our second salmon and went back in to try for a third. Suddenly, […]

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    Webcams give live look at Alaska brown bears

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 09, 18:08

    People from all over the world are visiting Alaska without leaving their desks. Webcams allow anyone with an Internet connection to experience one of the greatest gatherings of wildlife on earth. A live stream of brown bears fishing along the Brooks River is delivered right to your desktop from the folks at Katmai National Park and […]

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    Got unwanted oxen? Try bear urine to ward them off

    by Associated Press on Jul 03, 15:36

    State wildlife officials in Nome, Alaska, are turning to a unique source to try to keep a herd of musk oxen out of town. Bear urine. State wildlife biologist Tony Gorn tells KNOM (http://is.gd/QZEXE7) that they are almost daily now moving musk oxen out of town, but they keep coming back. He says efforts like […]

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    Denali Brewing Company brings big business to Talkeetna

    by Kathleen Tutaan on Jun 26, 7:45

    In the heart of the upper Susitna Valley, one microbrewery is bringing big business to Alaska’s beer industry. But the brewery might not be “micro” for long. It’s a craft beer revolution and business is booming right here in the Last Frontier. At Denali Brewing Company in Talkeetna, general manager Sassan Mossanen believes there’s a […]

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    Alaska bear crashes baby’s birthday bash

    by Associated Press on Jun 25, 13:13

    Wildlife officials in Alaska’s capital suspect a black bear might have literally crashed a child’s birthday party before he was shot and killed inside a different home. The Juneau Empire reports (http://is.gd/eUiuGY ) a bear fell through a skylight Saturday at Alicia Bishop and Glenn Merrill’s home as they were preparing for their son’s first […]

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    Police shoot and kill bear inside Alaska home

    by Associated Press on Jun 22, 10:05

    Alaska authorities say they have shot and killed a black bear that lumbered through the front door of a home in the state’s capital while people were inside. Juneau police say in statement Saturday that the residents were on the first floor, the same level where officers spotted the bear in the two-story home in […]