This week in Alaska: sockeye salmon running wild on the Kenai Peninsula, new charges in a tragic sex abuse case in Bethel, singing on the Alaska Peninsula and ire over a wetlands gravel pile nearby the ice-trucking haul road.
News that mattered: One of the worst wildfires in Alaska history grew to more than 84,000 acres near Fairbanks, summoning firefighters from across the country, and a deadly plane crash on the Kenai killed 10 people.
Let the sun shine: Summer solstice under a supermoon, record-breaking heat across the Great Land, historic Supreme Court rulings and shocking revelations in Bethel, Alaska: if that isn't enough news for you, let's talk about the best-seller bowel movements.
As Alaskans basked in the warmth of a record-breaking stretch of hot weather, thoughts turned to Kenai beer, colorful runs, gay pride and summer solstice. Here are a few stories of interest and import in Alaska's newsweek, June 16-22, 2013.