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Bjorn Dihle | For the Juneau Empire
Elfin Cove, the neighboring community to Yakobi Island. Cross Sound and the Fairweather Mountains are pictured in the backgroun.

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

• Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series on Yakobi Island and its history. Next week's Off the Beaten Path will conclude the series.


'Singer in the stream' offers glimpse into the life of dippers

A few years ago, local writer and retired ecologist Mary Willson was watching American Dippers sing and flit in and out of a stream when she thought of a few rhyming lines.

On the Trails: April - the cruelest month

The poet had it right! Although April has often been a benign month here, with lots of sun and rapid warming, this year's April has (so far) offered us lots of rain and temperatures parked around 40 degrees F.
Mary Willson

Remembering the Vikings - 'iron slicks' of the muskegs

Have you ever seen oil patches in the muskegs around Juneau? In Iceland, these patches are called "járnbrák" ("iron slick"). This common sight in this region is a sure sign of anaerobic bacteria below the surface.
John Wade

Alaska Science Forum: Discoveries at Serpentine Hot Springs

Skiing across the raw, open landscape of the Seward Peninsula a few weeks ago, my friends and I dreamed of getting out of a big wind and into the tub at Serpentine Hot Springs.

What's in Bloom: Pink fawn lily

Sometimes it isn't the flower that catches one's attention. In the case of the pink fawn lily, Erythronium revolutum, it is the mottled leaves that cause one to pause.

Wild Shots

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Local USFS camp sites no longer accepting cash, check

Local USFS camp sites no longer accepting cash, check JUNEAU - The U.S.

Summer science camp open for Southeast educators

A summer educator camp for Southeast K-8 math and science teachers is open for registration, according to a notice in a newsletter distributed by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

Lecture: Solving mysteries from SE to the Arctic

The public is invited to join science communication students from the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences from 4-6 p.m.

Local organizations invite public to wetlands clean-up event

The public is invited to the Juneau Wetlands Community Clean-up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge, at Auk Nu Cove and at Montana Creek.

JGC to host Creative Garden Design Workshop

The Juneau Garden Club will sponsor a Creative Garden Design Workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 at the Baranof Hotel. Featured speaker, Sue Goetz, from Tacoma, Wash.

JAS' annual Berners Bay cruises begin

The annual cruises to Berners Bay, organized by the Juneau Audubon Society, are happening again this year beginning Saturday, April 25, and continuing on Saturday, May 2. The cruise Saturday departs Auke Bay at 8:30 a.m.

Monday, April 27, 2015



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