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.
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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.
July 25, 2011 A bear attack in the Alaska wilderness put several teens in the hospital over the weekend. They were part of a group learning how to survive in the backcountry when a mother grizzly charged.
April 18, 2011 A momma polar bear burrowed under the snow on an island off the coast of Alaska, then settled in to hibernate. She later emerged and discovered the landscape she'd left was not at all like the one she returned to.
Election workers count ballots yesterday in Juneau.
November 10, 2010 Miller has filed a federal suit to exclude ballots on which Murkowski's name is misspelled. But he's fighting an uphill battle since federal courts tend to defer to state officials in the running of elections.
October 6, 2010 Todd Palin, Sarah's husband, blamed crossed signals for a dustup with Joe Miller who he had initially castigated in an email for not endorsing a 2012 presidential run by his wife. But the email also seemed to suggest Palin plans to run.
September 29, 2010 GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski was tied with Tea Party favorite Joe Miller in the race for the U.S. Senate seat from Alaska. Miller beat Murkowski in the primary and has launched a write-in candidacy.
September 22, 2010 Alaska's GOP Senate candidate, Joe Miller, once got farm payments on Kansas land he owned even though he now opposes such payments. Miller said he's changed his mind. But his critics accuse him of hypocrisy.
August 11, 2010 Horrifying details of what survivors of Ted Stevens' airplane crash experienced emerged Wednesday. It included a 13-year old survivor who was only feet away from his father when he died.
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