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Winning king 'hit like a ton of bricks'

The 37.05-pound king salmon that longtime Juneau fisherman Kyle D. Sage caught off the rocks on North Douglas has netted him first place in this year’s 19th annual Spring King Salmon Derby, put on by the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

 

by MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Catch limit raised for king salmon near Juneau

As hatchery-raised king salmon return to Gastineau Channel, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is raising its catch limit for the prized fish. Starting Monday, fishermen can take up to four king salmon per day in a special harvest area.

SE Adventure: A trip down the the under-rated Stikine River

Here in Juneau, people talk about floating the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers, but they don't talk about floating the Stikine, and I can't really figure out why.
MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Off the Beaten Path: Dear Patagonia, please hire me as a fashion designer

Dear Patagonia, It was once believed that people who went out of their way to travel into the wilderness did so to ponder the depths of their souls, test their mettle and write flowery poetry. This is not true.
BJORN DIHLE

Dirt Girl: No space is too small for gardening

Growing up in Wisconsin, I assumed you needed a lot of land in order to have a garden. Even in Green Bay, our back yard was large enough to have an extensive garden even though it was small compared to my grandparent's acreage.
CORINNE CONLON

On the Trails: Lucky days

One lucky day in May, I hitched a ride to Pack Creek-a lovely, smooth flight each way. As soon as we arrived, we saw a mama brown bear and a big cub, digging clams far out on the tide flats. Mama noted our presence and went right on...
Mary Willson

What's in Bloom: Blue Camas

Small Camas or Blue Camas, Camassia quamash, is an outstanding bulb native to western North America.
MERRILL JENSEN

Juneau area sport fish report for the week of May 28

King Salmon Fishing Report for the Juneau Area Fishing for king salmon in the Juneau area in recent weeks has been better than previous years for both marine boat and shore based anglers.

Whale washes ashore in 12th recent death in California

POINT REYES STATION, Calif. - Another dead whale washed ashore in Northern California, the 12th carcass that has appeared in the past few months and marks a higher-than-normal number of deaths but not a record.

Wood bison bulls take barge to meet transplanted herd

FAIRBANKS - A barge carrying 16 wood bison is making a four-day trip down the Tanana and Yukon rivers to reunite the animals with a herd transplanted earlier this spring near Shageluk.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Catch limit raised for king salmon near Juneau

As hatchery-raised king salmon return to Gastineau Channel, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is raising its catch limit for the prized fish. Starting Monday, fishermen can take up to four ...

Monday, June 1, 2015

Too early to predict strength of king salmon run on the Kenai

KENAI - Wildlife officials are waiting for the king salmon run to develop, but say preliminary signs near the Kenai Peninsula are positive.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Juneau area sport fish report for the week of May 28

King Salmon Fishing Report for the Juneau Area Fishing for king salmon in the Juneau area in recent weeks has been better than previous years for both marine boat and shore based anglers.

From gold rush ghost town to migratory delta

Here in Juneau, people talk about floating the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers, but they don't talk about floating the Stikine, and I can't really figure out why.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

What's in Bloom: Blue Camas

Small Camas or Blue Camas, Camassia quamash, is an outstanding bulb native to western North America.
By MERRILL JENSEN

On the Trails: Lucky days

One lucky day in May, I hitched a ride to Pack Creek-a lovely, smooth flight each way. As soon as we arrived, we saw a mama brown bear and a big cub, digging clams far out on the tide flats. Mama ...
By Mary Willson

Off the Beaten Path: Dear Patagonia, please hire me as a fashion designer

Dear Patagonia, It was once believed that people who went out of their way to travel into the wilderness did so to ponder the depths of their souls, test their mettle and write flowery poetry. ...
By BJORN DIHLE

Dirt Girl: No space is too small for gardening

Growing up in Wisconsin, I assumed you needed a lot of land in order to have a garden. Even in Green Bay, our back yard was large enough to have an extensive garden even though it was small ...
By CORINNE CONLON

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Whale washes ashore in 12th recent death in California

POINT REYES STATION, Calif. - Another dead whale washed ashore in Northern California, the 12th carcass that has appeared in the past few months and marks a higher-than-normal number of deaths but ...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wood bison bulls take barge to meet transplanted herd

FAIRBANKS - A barge carrying 16 wood bison is making a four-day trip down the Tanana and Yukon rivers to reunite the animals with a herd transplanted earlier this spring near Shageluk.

Friday, May 22, 2015

The fifth annual Yakutat Tern Festival kicks off May 28

YAKUTAT - The fifth annual Yakutat Tern Festival will run May 28 to 31 this year as a celebration of the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat.

Juneau area sport fish report for the week of May 19

King Salmon: Fishing for king salmon in the Juneau area has been better than previous years for both marine boat and shore-based anglers. North Douglas, Tee Harbor and the Breadline have all ...

Officials: don't touch 'orphaned' wildlife

Alaskans are reminded that May and June mark the season of wildlife giving birth. Newborn moose calves, bear cubs and other wildlife young may be encountered nearly anywhere in Alaska - including ...

Youth fishing events announced across Southeast

KETCHIKAN - The Tongass National Forest, partner agencies, groups, businesses and local volunteers are sponsoring youth fishing events throughout Southeast Alaska. No experience is needed to ...

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.

See the future in flowers

See tomorrow's flowers today - or tomorrow - at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum.
By MELISSA GRIFFITHS

Anatomy of the worst fire year

During this year's gorgeous and warm May, we have not yet sniffed the bitter scent of flaming spruce. When we do, many of us will think back to a year that still haunts us. In summer 2004, a ...
By NED ROZELL

What's in Bloom: Yellow candelabra primrose

The yellow candelabra primrose, Primula chungensis, is one of the so called "candelabra" primroses for the way the flowers are arranged in whorls around the stem. It is also one of the few ...
By MERRILL JENSEN

On the Trails: Cruisin' to Berners Bay

Every year, the Juneau Audubon Society offers several spring cruises to Berners Bay, not far north of town. There is always a hope that the cruise might happen to arrive in the bay during the time ...
By Mary Willson

Getting (more) outdoorsy

Last weekend at Echo Ranch, about 120 women from Southeast Alaska and beyond gathered to kayak, fly fish, pack raft, chainsaw and forage for wild game. They fired .22s, harvested Dungeness crabs ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Friday, May 15, 2015

Species in the Spotlight helps endangered species

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries announced Thursday a new Species in the Spotlight campaign to focus recovery and public education efforts on eight marine species at risk ...

USFS invites public to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day; bird walks begin

JUNEAU - The Tongass National Forest will host International Migratory Bird Day activities on Saturday, May 16 at the Juneau Community Garden. The popular day of bird-oriented education and ...

USCG shares safe boating tips

In recognition of National Safe Boating Week 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary across Alaska are encouraging and promoting safe boating practices to protect lives at sea, ...

Wasting found in Kachemak Bay sea stars

Decaying sea stars suspected of having wasting disease were discovered last week in Kachemak Bay.

Presentation: From Bellingham to Kotzebue in six short months

Three years ago at this time Caroline Van Hemert and Pat Farrell, of Anchorage, were paddling homemade boats, hiking and skiing from Bellingham, Washinton to Kotzebue.

Wild Shots

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Alaska Science Forum: Seventeen trillion wingbeats over Alaska

And they are here. Sluggish mosquitoes, sprung from the leaves where they overwintered. Moths and butterflies flitting the fields and south-facing slopes. Beetles skittering along in ...
By NED ROZELL

Dirt Girl: No, it's not too late

Spring is a season with huge temperature variations. The weather can be perfect like it is this week, with blue skies and visible Mendenhall Towers looming above the glacier. It can also be like ...
By CORINNE CONLON

On the Trails: Being a flower

The first day Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway was running, a friend and I went up to try the trail on Gold Ridge.
By Mary Willson

What's in Bloom: Leopard's bane

Leopard's bane, Doronicum orientale "Little Leo," is another wonderful spring-blooming plant to chase away winter's gloom.
By MERRILL JENSEN

Summer youth camp roundup

Kids, teachers and staff eagerly await the end of the school year, but it causes mixed feelings for parents who have to figure out a plan to keep their children active and engaged during the ...
By CORINNE CONLON

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Idaho climbers rescued from Alaska mountain after avalanche

ANCHORAGE - National Park Service officials said two climbers from Idaho were rescued unharmed from an Alaska mountain after triggering an avalanche.

Friday, May 8, 2015

On the Trails: Visiting Gustavus

One of the first things I noticed upon arriving in Gustavus, a quaint community located northwest of Juneau, was a roadside muskeg in which the shore pines were in sorry shape, with many brown ...
By Mary Willson

What's in Bloom: Primula denticulata

It's Primula season at the Arboretum! With all of the extra moisture that April brought, along with the delightful sunny days (it's always sunny out the road …) in between showers, the beds are ...
By MERRILL JENSEN

Alaska Science Forum: Artwork found at ancient house site

At the edge of a spruce forest in Interior Alaska, archaeologists have unearthed bone pendants that might be the first examples of artwork in northern North America.
By NED ROZELL

Pull! Trap shooters start Juneau Trap Team for youth

"Pull!" a kid says. A voice-activated machine sends an orange clay pigeon spinning through the air. Seconds later, the kid - a member of the Juneau Trap Team - shoots, and the pigeon explodes.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Wild Shots

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Augustus Brown pool offering special deal for Mother's Day

This Sunday, May 10, mothers get a special deal at Augustus Brown Pool, according to a press release from the City and Borough of Juneau this week. Adult women can enjoy free admission from ...

Annual Plant Sale happening Saturday

The annual Plant Sale - featuring trees, shrubs and a host of perennials - kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 9 in the Safeway parking lot.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Celebrating the birds of the Stikine

Ravens cawed. Gulls mewed. People hammered. On a sunny weekend at the beginning of May, Wrangell celebrated its 18th annual Stikine River Birding Festival, meant both to increase awareness of the ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Friday, May 1, 2015

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.
By NED ROZELL

Celebrate AK Agriculture Day on May 5

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

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.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

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, ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...
By BJORN DIHLE

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.
By Mary Willson

Catching 'chromers' in Yakutat

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

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 ...
By MERRILL JENSEN

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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

Wild Shots

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Wild Shots

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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.

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.

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 ...
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