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Shooting the Aurora

Shooting the Aurora

The perfect blend of clear weather and intense solar storms last week produced spectacular displays of the aurora borealis over Eagle River. Those willing to wait out the night and brave winter weather were treated to heavenly spectacles rarely rivaled in Southcentral Alaska.
For the birds

For the birds

It’s early Sunday morning and I’m sitting in the front of an SUV, creeping around Eagle River with a team of people I’ve just met: Tracy Lohman and her son, Lucas, 11, and his teacher, Kelsey Chalker, all who have driven in from Anchorage.

Morris Communications presents “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon”

For many years we have watched the ebb and flow of salmon in Alaska’s waters; in particular, the great king salmon and the world’s greatest salmon fishery, the Kenai River. Salmon of all types play a major role in the life and wellbeing of our state. They provide food, subsistence, income, commercial activity and sport.
Kings in cycle: Salmon populations follow boom and bust pattern

Kings in cycle: Salmon populations follow boom and bust pattern

Dena’ina tradition holds that each spring when the Golden Crown Sparrow warbles its distinctive three-note song the first of the five Pacific salmon runs to the Cook Inlet have arrived.
State Fair open for fun

State Fair open for fun

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Snowshoeing Hurricane Gulch to 3,000 elevation affords Denali views

Snowshoeing Hurricane Gulch to 3,000 elevation affords Denali views

I’ve probably said it before in past columns, but if for whatever reason winter eludes us here in southcentral Alaska, the remedy could most often be found in two approaches: gain elevation, for example, go to Hatcher Pass or Turnagain Pass; go north to a higher latitude via the Glenn or Parks highways.
Descent into Grand Canyon a journey back in time

Descent into Grand Canyon a journey back in time

The two main trails leading into Arizona’s Grand Canyon from the South Rim are gradual, wide and painstakingly well-constructed, with switchbacks to ease a descent of some 5,000 feet to the Colorado River. These trails – the Bright Angel and South Kaibab – are so hiker-friendly that people might overlook a deep and fundamental aspect of the experience. Hiking the Grand Canyon is not simply an excursion from one destination to another. It is a journey back in time.
Packing a simple signaling device significantly improves outdoor safety

Packing a simple signaling device significantly improves outdoor safety

Many outdoor adventurers, myself included, have learned that making a few simple preparations before venturing outdoors could significantly change outcomes when, for one reason or another, we get into trouble.
Chasing the sun on Eklutna Lake

Chasing the sun on Eklutna Lake

At roughly zero degrees Fahrenheit, the few inches of fluffy snow didn’t provide much glide as I skied across Eklutna Lake under clear blue skies. It was Jan. 25, and I hadn’t set any goals for the day except to get out on my skis for the first time this winter.
Quoth the raven: ‘I’m smart, and I know it’

Quoth the raven: ‘I’m smart, and I know it’

You need not spend much time outdoors in Alaska to have witnessed the antics of one of the most fascinating and intelligent birds in the Northern Hemisphere, or the entire world, for that matter: the Common Raven (Corvus corax).
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