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2004 Iditarod champ takes lead in Alaska trek

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A former winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race took the lead early Sunday and held onto it as he pressed forward along the Bering Sea coastline. Another musher was just 15 minutes behind.
Wolves in national preserve drop by more than half

ANCHORAGE - A large decline in wolves inside one of Alaska's national preserves is coinciding with a state-sanctioned program to kill the animals near the boundaries of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, a National Park Service official said Friday.
Ex-state rep. gets partial victory in cocaine case

ANCHORAGE, - The Alaska Court of Appeals issued a ruling Friday that gives former state Rep. Nick Stepovich a partial victory in his cocaine conviction case.
Former Rep. Heinze dies from plane-crash injuries

ANCHORAGE - Former state Rep. Cheryll Heinze died early Wednesday from injuries she suffered in a small-plane crash in Homer that left four of her co-workers at an electric cooperative with minor injuries.
Fishing for Kenai king salmon shut down

ANCHORAGE - The Kenai River should be crowded in July with sport fishermen willing to spend big on once-in-a-lifetime guided trips in hopes of catching a trophy Alaska king salmon.
Team to tackle problem of disappearing king salmon

ANCHORAGE - A team of top researchers and scientists is being formed to take a comprehensive look at why king salmon returns to Alaska's rivers are dismal again this summer, Gov. Sean Parnell announced Friday.
Shell scales back Arctic drilling plan

ANCHORAGE - Shell Oil Co. is downsizing its plan for off-shore drilling in the Arctic this year amid delays completing a spill containment barge required by the federal government, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Little Susitna River closed to silver fishing

ANCHORAGE - Silver salmon fishing is being shut down on the Little Susitna River because of another year of weak returns.
Puppy found in suitcase in Dumpster

ANCHORAGE - Dennis Preslan's gut told him something wasn't right when he saw an older-style suitcase sitting atop garbage in a trash bin. He tugged at the case, fearing what might be inside. "My curiosity got the best of me," he said.
Game board defers bear snaring issue until 2012

ANCHORAGE - A decision on whether the public should be allowed to trap bears in Alaska for the first time since statehood has been deferred until spring 2012.


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