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Courtesy of Alaska State Archives Library and Museum,ASL-Smith-Jefferson-Soapy-2
Jefferson "Soapy" Smith, in foreground with beard, stands in the "Soapy" Smith Saloon on Feb. 26, 1898. Smith was killed on July 8, 1898.

Off the Beaten Path: A con like Alaska had never seen, reflections on Soapy Smith

In April of 2009, after spending a month and a half wandering the eastern Brooks Range, I was returning home to Juneau. The ferry was full when I showed up to Skagway and the next sailing south was a few days from departing.


Memo: Low snow could be affecting POW wolf mortality

A memorandum from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Wildlife Conservation further explains the drastic decline in Prince of Wales’ wolf population, saying that in addition to known take, the 60 percent population fall...

Concerned Alaska Native, First Nation representatives attend Seabridge Gold annual meeting

Alaska Native and First Nation representatives had some questions for a Canadian mining company at its annual meeting, concerned about a project's potential effects on their ancestral lands.

On the Trails: Parasitic flowering plants live off the roots of others

When we think of parasites, we usually think of tapeworms, ticks, fungi and assorted micro-organisms.
Mary Willson

Dirt Girl: Killing is gardening

I was recently reminded of something master gardener Ed Buyarski said at a workshop: "If you're not killing things, you're not a gardener.

Sport fish report: King salmon catch still kicking, halibut showing up

As hatchery king salmon become more abundant in the immediate Juneau area, fishing this past week has continued to improve for marine boat anglers, especially in the Fritz Cove and Outer Point areas.

New 2015 Juneau Icefield map available

The new 2015 Juneau Icefield map is now available, according to a release from the U.S. Forest Service. One side of the map has an oblique panoramic view of the Juneau Icefield - similar to the display in the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor...

Sport fish report: Kings headed back to Fish Creek, not in the pond yet

King salmon fishing this past week within the terminal harvest area has continued to be good, especially in the Fritz Cove, inner Auke Bay and False Outer Point areas.

What's in Bloom: Rogersia

Rodgersia spp. are big, bold perennials that impart a tropical feel in the garden without enduring the associated heat. These dramatic plants are members of the Saxifrage family and all hail from the cool, moist woodland streamsides of...

Annual Wrangell Bearfest runs July 22-26

WRANGELL - The annual Wrangell Bearfest is July 22 to 26. The festival is a celebration of bears of Alaska and features an annual scientific symposium, family events, photography and music workshops, a marathon, and many other events.

Sitka Farmers Markets kick off July 4

SITKA - In a celebration of independence from store-bought and factory-processed food, the Sitka Local Foods Network is inviting the public to enjoy this year's eighth annual Sitka Farmers Market.

BLM seeks public comments on use of new herbicides

To expand its existing list of approved herbicides to treat noxious weeds and other invasive species on Bureau of Land Management-managed public lands, the BLM notified the public last week of the availability of a draft Vegetation...

Across state, early salmon catches underweight

"Big run, small fish," is a Cordova fishermen's rule of thumb that seems to be holding true for salmon in 2015, particularly in the areas adjacent to the Gulf of Alaska.

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.

Sunday, June 28, 2015



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