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Courtesy of Bruce Nelson and Josephine Purcell
Bruce Nelson, left, and Josephine Purcell, right, pose next to the 330-pound halibut they caught last week. When the pair gutted the fish, they found an entirely intact dungeness crab inside the belly of the huge female halibut.

Bruce, Josephine and the sea

Bruce Nelson and Josephine Purcell have been waiting their whole fishing lives to catch the 7-foot, 2-inch, 330-pound halibut they landed after an hour-long battle last Monday.

by MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Discover Eaglecrest Day highlights ski hill history through new auction

At Eaglecrest Ski Area's annual pre-season open house Saturday, the soon-to-be finished Porcupine Lodge will be "front and center," said Eaglecrest general manager Matt Lillard. It's a big topic of discussion," he said.
MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

On the Trails: Bumblebees

In early spring, I look forward to seeing the first bumblebees, visiting willow catkins and early blueberry flowers. These are queens, which mated last fall and then hibernated, each one usually in a small chamber she dug in the soil.
Mary Willson

What's in Bloom: Sneezeweed

Sneezeweed, Helenium autumnale, as its species name implies, is a fall-blooming perennial native to most of North America. Easy to care for, it grows from 3 to 6 feet tall in sunny locations with good drainage.
MERRILL JENSEN

Tern colonies failed this year near Mendenhall, South Sawyer glaciers

Arctic terns may fly thousands of miles north to the same Southeast Alaskan nesting area year after year, but their colonies are not always successful.
MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Alaska Science Forum: Minto earthquakes then, now and tomorrow

MINTO - Sarah Silas, 89, smiled as she remembered an earthquake that shook her village more than 60 years ago. The floor of her cabin swayed so that her young son staggered away from her.
NED ROZELL

Alaskan Brewing partners with TGR, Jones Snowboards

At the premiers of Jeremy Jones' new snowboarding film, "Higher," there will be more than just Alaska featured in the film.

Division of Forestry harvests spruce cones for future reforestation

FAIRBANKS — While many Alaskans focus on berry picking and moose hunting at this time of year, foresters with the Division of Forestry in the Fairbanks area were busy in recent weeks gathering thousands of white spruce...

Trails program to hold teleconference to assist grant applicants

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska State Trails Program will host a public teleconference for potential Recreational Trails Program grant applicants from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24. New and experienced applicants are welcome to join the...

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