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Chris Thomas, left, and Don Thomas, right, wait to ski Montana Creek Trail. The microclimate of the area and the openness of the trail means it stays open when other trails close. As of Wednesday morning, it was the only trail Juneau Nordic Ski Club was grooming, though that could change, especially out the road, if Juneau keeps getting snow at night this week.

Where winter stays

This January may not have had much snowfall, but it's still winter out Montana Creek, where volunteers with the Juneau Nordic Ski Club have been grooming every day since November.


Off the Beaten Path: A humble request for Playbird Magazine

Dear Mr. Hugh Hefner: Both you and I know there comes a time when the pleasures of Earth no longer amount to much.

On the Trails: Song Sparrows

Winter is not the best time for watching land birds. Eagles, crows, and ravens, yes. There are lots of ducks and gulls on the water, and perhaps an occasional flock of shorebirds at the tide line. But small songbirds are rather thin on the...
Mary Willson

Alaska Science Forum: Polar bears walking a treadmill of ice

Stronger winds and thinner ice are forcing Alaska polar bears to work harder to remain in Alaska, according to scientists who have studied increased movements of both sea ice and bears.

Data gaps hinder explanation for seabird die-off

ANCHORAGE — A preliminary investigation into the massive die-off of common murres, one of the Northern Hemisphere’s most abundant seabirds, off Alaska’s coast is revealing gaps in basic information on North Pacific...
Dan Joling

Casting for fish - the practice rounds

Tony Soltys, president of Raincountry Flyfishers, has been honing Juneau's flyfishing technique since 1993.

NOAA releases draft climate science action plan for southeastern Bering Sea

As part of its efforts to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information, NOAA Fisheries on Feb. 3 released a draft climate science action plan for the southeastern Bering Sea.

Master gardener classes

It's not too early to think about this year's garden. The UAF Cooperative Extension Service will offer master gardener training in Juneau, beginning Feb. 9. The course will be offered at the Juneau District Extension office from 6 to 9 p.m.

Southeast Alaska deer hunting reports due to ADF&G

The Sitka black-tailed deer hunting season is now closed in Southeast Alaska. All hunters who obtained deer harvest tickets, even those who did not hunt or harvest a deer, must now return completed hunt reports to Fish & Game.

Arctic Ocean sea ice lecture

The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's free Fireside Lecture this evening will be presented by Arctic oceanographer Zach Brown, who recently received his PhD from Stanford University.

Kobuk, Wulik, Situk fly fishing

Juneau's flyfishing club, Raincountry Flyfishers. will meet Wednesday Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Thunder Mountain High School library.

Killer and humpback whales

Juneau resident Doug Jones will next Thursday talk at the Juneau Audubon Society's Feb. 11 program about killer and humpback whales. The talk is called "Killer and Humpback Whales: What We Don't See.

Middle school air rifle season underway

Juneau's middle school shooting sport athletes are halfway through their fifth season. Jan. 28, they competed in the first match of the season at Floyd Dryden Middle School.


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