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Mary Catharine Martin | Juneau Empire
Rick Hoffman and Kevin Fraley pose with a large buck steelhead caught by Hoffman. Hoffman has discovered several of his own secret fishing spots in the month he's been in Yakutat, working for the U.S. Forest Service.

Catching 'chromers' in Yakutat

To fly to Yakutat in April or early May is to become acquainted with a certain fishy sense of anticipation.


On the Trails: Findings on dredge islands include a stranded octopus

On a fine low tide in late April, I headed out to some of the dredge islands in Gastineau Channel, along with two friends. Before we even got to the islands, we found several interesting things.
Mary Willson

Off the Beaten Path: The mysteries of Yakobi Island, part II

The bear fell to all fours; the hair on her hump stood up as she cautiously nibbled greens. The two tiny cubs didn’t share their mother’s agitation. One picked up a shell, sat and rolled over on its back as its sibling pounced, perhaps at...

What's in Bloom: 'Tweety Bird'

Over the years, I've grown many Narcissus, more commonly known as daffodils. One that has recently captured my attention is N. "Tweety Bird." Their bright, pure yellow color simply glows on Juneau's overcast spring days.

Say hello to spring kings

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's 19th annual Spring King Salmon Derby kicked off this morning at 12:01 a.m.

Alaska Science Forum: An oasis on the Seward Peninsula

On a recent ski trip across the Seward Peninsula, I followed a trail along the Pilgrim River broken by five friends. Their path led to a subarctic oasis.

Auke Lake to be closed Friday for maintenance

Auke Lake Trail, starting at the Auke Lake access, will be closed during the day Friday for trail and tree maintenance. Maintenance is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and will be complete by 4 p.m.

National Bike to School Day kicks off May 6

JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Safe Routes to School program invites schools statewide to participate in this year's National Bike to School Day, according to a release this week.

Celebrate AK Agriculture Day on May 5

PALMER - Alaskans will celebrate Alaska Agriculture Day on Tuesday, May 5.

Canadians, Americans, call for safer tailings storage in BC

A large group of Canadians and Americans on Wednesday sent a letter to the British Columbia government, calling for a stop to the permitting of wet tailings facilities for new and proposed mines in B.C.

Board extends deadline, expands topics for next year's meeting

JUNEAU - The Alaska Board of Game has extended the deadline for proposed changes to statewide regulations pertaining to hunting, trapping and the use of game to 5 p.m., June 23.

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.

Orphaned polar bear to move from New York to St. Louis Zoo

ST. LOUIS - A polar bear who gained international fame when orphaned two years ago is headed to the St. Louis Zoo. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the U.S.

Denali National Park wolf count drops below 50

Denali National Park and Preserve's wolf numbers have reached a new low this spring with an estimated population of just 48, according to a National Park Service study.

Monday, April 27, 2015



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