The Ryou-Un Maru after being fired upon and before it sank to the bottom of the Gulf of Alaska.
U.S. Coast Guard
April 6, 2012 Photos and video show how the Coast Guard fired on the drifting Ryou-Un Maru to send it to the bottom of the Gulf of Alaska. It was a threat to ships passing through the area.
Jan. 9: An Alaska National Guardsman clears a roof in Cordova.
Spc. Balinda O'Neal/Alaska National Guard Public Affairs
January 18, 2012 Cordova and Valez have been buried this winter. But the forecast is for clear skies the rest of this week and life is beginning to return to normal.
In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, two hose lines can been seen running from the Russian tanker Renda to land in Nome, Alaska.
Petty Officer Eric J. Chandler/AP
January 17, 2012 After a struggle, a Coast Guard icebreaker was able to help get a Russian tanker close enough to be able to offload the cargo. Without it, the Alaskan city's 3,500 people were going to soon run out of gasoline and diesel fuel.
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January 12, 2012 It's hard to fathom from afar just how rough the weather has been in parts of Alaska for the past month or so. It's winter, sure. But things have been particularly brutal. And there seems to be no end in sight.
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They're running out of places to put the snow in Cordova, Alaska. This photo was taken on Saturday (Jan. 7, 2012).
Erv Petty/Alaska Div. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management/AP
January 9, 2012 Cordova is bracing for even more snow. In Nome, residents are hoping a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker will be able to lead a Russian tanker into port within a day or two. Such a delivery hasn't been made before in winter.
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November 18, 2011 One of the nation's best-known academic historians got into a superheated exchange Friday with one of the U.S. House's longest serving members over the issue of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
A trio get a closer look at the large waves cresting over the seawall just south of Nome's Front Street in Nome, Alaska, Wednesday., Nov. 9, 2011.
Tyler Rhodes/AP Photo
November 10, 2011 The villages on Norton Sound are right at the water's edge, and with the ice developing progressively later each season, Carven Scott says meteorologists worry storms like this one will become a more regular occurrence.
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A charter fishing boat first reported seeing this humpback whale calf, snarled in fishing line, near Alaska's Halibut Cove in Lynn Canal.
August 18, 2011 A humpback whale calf is swimming a little happier today, after being freed from fishing lines, and an inflated buoy, that had gotten snarled around its body. Officials say its mother never left its side as they tried to cut the calf free.
This sample of orange goo has been identified as a mass of rust fungus spores.
August 18, 2011 The orange goo that took over the shore of a remote Alaskan village is actually a mass of fungal spores — not microscopic eggs, as scientists at the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration first believed. The spores are from a rust fungus, experts say.
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August 16, 2011 In the last installment of The Talk of Horsfeld,the adventurers finally get their grizzly, and talk about the changes coming to Horsfeld, when proprietors Gretchen and Dick will hand the operation over to their sons.
The Tanana River, pictured from the side of the Alaska Highway.
August 15, 2011 In this installment of The Talk of Horsfeld, Neal Conan and his fellow adventurers share stories of harrowing experiences they've survived, while waiting for their friends to return from a long ride in the wilderness.
A marmot, climbing on the rocks in Alaska.
Susan Miller Cormier/
August 11, 2011 On day three of Neal Conan's Alaska adventures, the travelers found a family of marmots. But that's not all the trail held — some of them also found a grizzly bear. He didn't pose for a photo, but it made a pretty good birthday present for Susan Miller Cormier.
Neal Conan stands with Gretel Ehrlich in the fields of cotton grass at Cline Creek.
August 10, 2011 In the second installation of Neal's travelogue from Alaska, the riders happen upon a mystery, in the form of a pile of feathers next to a glacier-fed stream. The Alaskan wilderness is a long way from the beach.
Scientists say the microscopic eggs, seen here under magnification, derive their orange color from a droplet of fat.
August 9, 2011 A mysterious orange goo that appeared on the shore of a small village in Alaska has been identified as "millions of microscopic eggs filled with fatty droplets," the AP reports. But researchers say they still don't know what the eggs might hatch, or if they are toxic.
Neal Conan atop XL, a cross between a draft horse and a Morgan. He rode XL for two days, and Bruce the other three.
August 9, 2011 Neal Conan spent a week in the Alaska wilderness, riding daily with a group of writers and artists. His contribution was a daily news story, read each morning at breakfast. Today, and for the next four days, read along with The Talk of Horsfeld.
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