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Courtesy of the Alaska State Library Historical Collections,ASL-Craig-3
A crewman aboard the vessel Hedgeland works to dump a brail of herring in Craig in the early 1900s.

Herring search spans millennia

Southeast Alaska's Pacific herring populations seem to be on the rebound, but even in fisheries regarded as healthy, some contend herring are significantly depleted from historical levels indicated by archaeological records and cultural memory.

by MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

482-pound halibut caught near Glacier Bay

GUSTAVUS - A Southern California man caught a giant Pacific halibut near Gustavus last week that rivals the sportfishing world record.
ANDY MARTIN

On the Trails: Ralston Island

On a recent morning, friends and I arrived at the wide beach on Ralston Island with a following breeze and set out to explore. The trail marked on old topographic maps proved hard to find, but a maze of deer trails made it easy to move...
Mary Willson

What's in Bloom: Masterwort

Masterwort, Astrantia major, is one of the workhorses of Juneau's summer gardens. This carefree, low maintenance member of the carrot family blooms continuously from high summer into fall with white flowers.
MERRILL JENSEN

An Alaskan Light

"The land was ours before we were the land's." -Robert Frost, "The Gift Outright" A Northeasterner born and bred, I moved west in 1990, to a small college town in the Columbia Basin, and I was not immediately enamored with the West.

Mt. Roberts Saturday Wild Walk

The next Audubon Society Saturday Wild Walk will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. Participants are to meet at the Mount Roberts Tram. Tram tickets can be purchased from JAS for a nonprofit, local rate of $7 per person.

Sport fish report for the week of July 7

King salmon Hatchery king salmon fishing continued to be good for both marine boat anglers and shore based anglers in the immediate Juneau area. The local areas where anglers are having luck are: Auke Bay, North Douglas, Shelter Island and...

Wild Shots

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