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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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Eklutna Canyon’s beauty marred by junk pile

Eklutna Canyon’s beauty marred by junk pile

​The canyon walls grew higher and leaned in closer on the morning of April 30 as I worked my way downstream through cold, milky-brown water over slippery rocks and deadfall.
Littered trash mars Alaska’s natural beauty

Littered trash mars Alaska’s natural beauty

The annual citywide cleanup is on the home stretch, and we have until Saturday, May 9 remaining to take advantage of free dumping at the Anchorage Landfill and the Girdwood Transfer Station, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Mount Gordon Lyon offers great hike close to home

Mount Gordon Lyon offers great hike close to home

I noticed quite a few ski tracks carved into the slopes as I climbed the last few feet to the top of Mount Gordon Lyon, at 4,134 feet overlooking Eagle River. It was warm, about 45 degrees, with no wind. This relatively easy hike April 26 over mostly snow-free terrain was just what the doctor ordered for someone already nostalgic for winter but eager for spring and summer.
Gull Rock trail offers great springtime hike

Gull Rock trail offers great springtime hike

I wasn’t very familiar with the Gull Rock Trail on the eastern Kenai Peninsula. But it wasn’t long before a sight told me much more than I’d read in hiking books and internet trip reports. I saw downed trees, and lots of them. This trail was definitely in a very windy area, and the deadfall was there to prove it.
It helps to know your snow

It helps to know your snow

About now people are in a “Spring” frame of mind. They’re getting out bicycles, cleaning yards, preparing fishing gear, and I can’t blame them. But if you’re still interested in nabbing some late winter activities that you were cheated out of earlier, there is still snow to be found in the passes (Turnagain, Hatcher) as well as to the north (Broad Pass, Cantwell), or even close to home in the Chugach Mountains.
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