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Klas Stolpe | Juneau Empire
Life-long fisherman Clyde Curry (center) and crewmen Austin Parr and Aaron Phillips watch as pink salmon are unloaded from the hold of the salmon seiner F/V JEAN C at the Icicle Seafoods plant in Petersburg in this 2008 photo. Pink salmon (humpys) will be returning to Southeast Alaska waters in high numbers again this season according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists.

Pinks predicted to carry season, again

In 2013, pink salmon returns in Southeast Alaska broke records, leading commercial fishermen to catch more than 100 million salmon from all five species for the first time ever in the region.

by MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Celebrate Earth Day at the glacier

The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a community Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

My enemy: the buzz of the bird

The yellow house. It was beautiful. Way out Rink Creek in Gustavus. As if Gustavus isn't small enough as is, I lived seven miles outside the center of town. In the winters we were isolated down the long dirt road.
STEPHANIE SHOR

On the Trails: Skunk cabbage and its sex change abilities

Decent weather in early April encouraged several low-elevation jaunts. The Parks and Recreation hikers went to the rock peninsula on the west side of Mendenhall Lake, stopping for lunch amid a fine display of purple mountain saxifrage.
Mary Willson

Alaskans can help answer 'Where have all the rusty blackbirds gone?'

From April 11 through May 31, Alaskans can use their binoculars to help birds - by reporting sightings of rusty blackbirds for the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz. This is the second year of a three-year project.

Wild Shots

The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to outdoors@juneauempire.com.

Thane Road Campground opens for the season

JUNEAU - Thane Road Campground opened this week, according to a release from the City and Borough of Juneau Parks and Recreation Department. The campground is located 1.5 miles south of downtown Juneau on the east side of Thane Road.

Summer internships available with Alaska USFS

JUNEAU - The USDA Forest Service has announced in a press release this week two internship opportunities in natural resource management.

Youth corps, USFS to offer paid summer positions

JUNEAU - Youth between 15-18 are encouraged to take advantage of a four-week opportunity this summer in Angoon or Ketchikan. The Youth Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S.
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