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  1. Military flight exercises planned Wednesday near Bethel and McGrathRead the original story w/Photo

    13 hrs ago | Anchorage Daily News

    People along the Kuskokwim River between Bethel and McGrath on Wednesday may hear or see fighter jets flying close to civilian planes during military training. Northern American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, announced Wednesday morning that it expected to conduct training exercises between the Bethel and McGrath airports between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Fighter pilots in low-flying jets will be practicing "intercept and identification procedures," according to NORAD.

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  2. Body recovered from Cook Inlet ID'd as passenger from Alaska plane crashRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 8, 2015 | Anchorage Daily News

    A body found in Cook Inlet in late August has been positively identified as a 23-year-old McGrath man who was a passenger in a small plane that crashed into the waters of Knik Arm earlier that month, the Alaska State Troopers said. Anthony G. Hooper was the sole passenger in a Piper PA-18 Super Cub believed to have crashed in the arm about 2 miles northeast of the Birchwood Airport on Aug. 7. Hooper and the pilot, 29-year-old Seth Fairbanks, also of McGrath, h ad been missing and presumed dead since the crash.

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  3. Family of 4 survives McGrath area plane crash; 2 dieRead the original story

    Aug 15, 2011 | Anchorage Daily News

    A longtime teacher and a veteran bush pilot died Saturday evening in a plane crash on a flight from McGrath to Anvik, while four others on board survived, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday. The plane was carrying all three teachers from the Anvik school in the Iditarod School District, including a husband and wife new to the village who had been set to begin their first year of teaching, said Karen Ladegard, district superintendent.

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  4. 'Nothing was as he expected': Trip to remote Interior Alaska ends in river rescueRead the original story

    Jul 2, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    On the North Fork Kuskokwim River, a remote stretch far from McGrath where almost no one goes, Vladimir Yakushin on Wednesday waved frantically from his small raft at a plane flying past. He was in trouble, trouble that suddenly seemed too big to get out of on his own.

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  5. Meet the nation's only wild wood bison herd, which now roams Western AlaskaRead the original story

    Jun 4, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Wood bison calves are easy to spot from the sky. Their coats are reddish, making them easily distinguishable from their mothers, even as they appear as minuscule dots against Alaska's vast landscape.

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  6. Fast-growing wildfire near McGrath expected to merge with smaller fire MondayRead the original story

    May 30, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    A remote wildfire burning northeast of McGrath that grew rapidly overnight is now threatening to merge with another wildfire in the area. The Medfra fire grew from 500 acres Sunday evening to an estimated 1,650 acres by Monday morning, according to the state Division of Forestry .

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  7. Alaska temperature records fall during statewide weekend heat waveRead the original story

    May 16, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Over 1,600 participants signed up for the Alaska Women's Gold Nugget Triathlon held at Bartlett High on Sunday, May 15, 2016. All three of Alaska's major cities saw record temperatures over the weekend amid a statewide heat wave that is coming to an end this week.

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  8. Alaska temperature records fall during statewide weekend heat waveRead the original story w/Photo

    May 16, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    All three of Alaska's major cities recorded record temperatures over the weekend, amid a statewide heat wave that is coming to an end this week. According to statements from the National Weather Service, about a dozen locations across the state tied or broke their daily record temperatures since Friday.

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  9. Location, location, location: Some bison are on the moveRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 21, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    There have been reports of red fox and lynx - animals normally associated with relatively small home ranges - traveling for many hundreds of miles. Bison in Alaska tend to make seasonal movements based on their food supply, but these movements are fairly predictable.

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  10. Alaska's first couple of distance cycling can't stop pedalingRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 8, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Jeff Oatley and Heather Best never planned to become the husband-and-wife power couple of Alaska fat bike endurance races. They just wanted to have fun.

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  11. Alaska workplace smoking ban advocates worry legislation is in limboRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 11, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Alaska anti-smoking advocates say their legislation to create a statewide indoor smoking ban is languishing in a committee chaired by Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, where it's set to die when the Alaska Legislature adjourns April 17 unless LeDoux decides to schedule a hearing and send it to the House floor. LeDoux's House Judiciary Committee got the legislation April 4. In a brief interview Monday, LeDoux, R-Anchorage, wouldn't disclose her plans for the bill, Senate Bill 1 and companion House Bill 328 .

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  12. Alaska's first couple of distance cycling can't stop pedalingRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 8, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Jeff Oatley and Heather Best never planned to become the husband-and-wife power couple of Alaska fat bike endurance races. They just wanted to have fun.

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  13. Anchorage fat biker Berntson pedals to McGrath in less than 2 daysRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 1, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    After two runner-up finishes in one of Alaska's most grueling bike races, Anchorage fat bike racer Tim Berntson was willing to sweat for victory in the Iditarod Invitational 350-miler from Knik to McGrath. And sweat he did.

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  14. Ross leads strong Alaska showing at world's biggest fat bike raceRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 10, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    A field of nearly 600 fat bikers take off at the start of the The Fat Bike Birkie on March 5 in Cable, Wisconsin. Anchorage's Will Ross repeated as the men's champion and Eagle River's Sheryl Loan placed third in the women's competition.

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  15. Who's really ahead? Iditarod expert sizes up top mushers' prospectsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 10, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Hindsight is always 20/20, and mushers spend their lives second-guessing decisions made in previous Iditarods. Now that the top racers have locked themselves into the first major decision of the race, who made the correct move and who wishes they had a redo? Jeff King was still moving down the trail and had yet to take his 24-hour rest Thursday morning.

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  16. Anchorage fat biker Berntson pedals to McGrath in less than 2 daysRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 1, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    After two runner-up finishes in one of Alaska's most grueling bike races, Anchorage fat bike racer Tim Berntson was willing to sweat for victory in the Iditarod Invitational 350-miler from Knik to McGrath. And sweat he did.

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  17. Repeat champions Best, Johnston impress in Iditarod Trail InvitationalRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 4, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    The Iditarod Trail Invitational welcomed its first runner to McGrath on Friday morning, and it was no surprise who it was. Dave Johnston of Willow, one of Alaska's best ultra-runners, captured his fourth straight title in the 350-mile race from Knik Lake to McGrath.

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  18. Anchorage fat biker Berntson pedals to McGrath in less than 2 daysRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 1, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    After two runner-up finishes in one of Alaska's most grueling bike races, Anchorage fat bike racer Tim Berntson was willing to sweat for victory in the Iditarod Invitational 350-miler from Knik to McGrath. And sweat he did.

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  19. Second wildfire of the year reported in Mat-Su, raising fears for summerRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 1, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    Exactly one week after Alaska's first wildfire of 2016 was reported near Delta Junction, the state Division of Forestry got its first Mat-Su call of the season. A fire in an unattended burn barrel at a Meadow Lakes home off Pittman Road escaped into dry grass and ignited a nearby shed, destroying all the homeowner's tools, according to state fire officials.

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  20. It's time for Alaska to end extreme predator-control measuresRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 25, 2016 | Anchorage Daily News

    OPINION: Alaska's obsession with intensive game management abandons science for politics and puts the interests of the few over those of the interests of the many. Our current fiscal crises will require a "no stone unturned" approach in meeting the challenge we face.

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