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Mike Fay | National Geographic Explorer in Residence
The proposed site of the KSM mine's Mitchell pit is pictured, a location high in the Unuk watershed and one that flows into the Misty Fjords National Monument, near Ketchikan. This mine is quite large, and worrying stakeholders, but not the only open pit mine currently under permitting along transboundary lines.

KSM part III: 'A perfect storm' for mining push?

Editor's note: This is part three of a three-part series on the KSM mine, a proposed transboundary mine in British Columbia.

by MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Off the Beaten Path: The journeys we make

On April 5, Peter Matthiessen, a writer and adventurer best known for his book "The Snow Leopard," died at age 86 at his home in Sagaponack, N.Y.
BJORN DIHLE

On the Trails: Middens

Middens. This interesting and useful word comes ultimately from an old Scandinavian term for a dunghill. The sense has been broadened to include heaps of all kinds of refuse and junk.
Mary Willson

Herring the hot topic of upcoming UAF lecture

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host a Fisheries Seminar from 3:30- 4:30 p.m., April 11, in the Lena Point Building, room 101.

Public invited to 'Flight to Adventure' presentation

Join the Juneau Audubon Society in collaboration with the University of Alaska Southeast's One Campus One Book program for a free presentation titled "Flight to Adventure" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 in the Juneau-Douglas High School...

DNR seeking input on Interior land offerings

The Division of Mining, Land and Water is seeking public input on its preliminary decision to reoffer two remote recreational cabin site staking areas in Interior Alaska.

Total lunar eclipse in Juneau's near future

For the first time in two years, Juneauites will be able to experience not just one, but two total lunar eclipses in 2014, according to Marie Drake Planetarium volunteer Steve Kocsis. The first one will begin at 11:06 p.m.

Yellow cedars, climate change the topic of UAS Sitka lecture

Lauren Oakes, a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University, will speak at the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka campus, about climate change and its impact on yellow cedar forests, as part of UAS' Natural History seminar.

BOW registration now open for 2014

All women interested in learning essential outdoor skills are invited to attend the Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop from May 16-18 at Echo Ranch. Registration began April 1 and the workshop is filling up fast, according to volunteer...

Eaglecrest to host 'Porcupine Extravaganza'

To celebrate the new Porcupine Lodge at Eaglecrest Ski Area, the Porcupine Extravaganza will be held beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 13.

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Landscape Alaska: Lawn Thoughts

What's in a word? How does a field become a lawn? It's spring, and all over the borough, tiny green tips of grass are beginning to emerge. Some lawns in sunny and protected spaces are already green.
By Dave Lendrum

On the Trails: The cost of making males

We humans are accustomed to thinking of reproduction as involving two sexes, male and female. But there are some animals that have dispensed with males altogether and produce offspring ...

Making green: Peony growers blossoming in Alaska, Southeast

Juneau gardener Brad Fluetsch has a photograph that, multiplied by thousands, tells the story: a $20 bill resting on a blooming Dutchesse peony flower.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Meeting: Fish habitat issues

Habitat issues affecting Juneau area fisheries will be discussed at the Raincountry Flyfishers meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 23, in the Thunder Mountain High School library.

Trap Shoot Results

The second Saturday of the month registered trap shoot was a challenge-a double A.T.A.-registered event held in memory of Jim Brooks. The day was sunny, with temperatures rising from 32 degrees to ...

Songbirds, tourism talks

The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center will host two speakers as part of UAS' Biology Seminar today, April 18, in Juneau. From noon to 1 p.m.

Earth Day Celebration Saturday

The US Forest Service is hosting Juneau's community Earth Day celebration at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Help solve mystery of disappearing Rusty Blackbirds

From April 12 through May 31, Alaskans can use their binoculars to help birds-by reporting sightings of Rusty Blackbirds for the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz.

Bears emerging from slumber

Bears in Southeast Alaska are waking up.

Mercury in Fishes Study Released, Measurable Levels Detected in Alaska National Parks

Fish sampled in four Alaskan national parks have tested positive for mercury and in some cases exceeded State of Alaska unlimited human consumption thresholds for women and children. The testing ...

Friday, April 11, 2014

KSM part III: 'A perfect storm' for mining push?

Editor's note: This is part three of a three-part series on the KSM mine, a proposed transboundary mine in British Columbia.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

On the Trails: Middens

Middens. This interesting and useful word comes ultimately from an old Scandinavian term for a dunghill. The sense has been broadened to include heaps of all kinds of refuse and junk.
By Mary Willson

Off the Beaten Path: The journeys we make

On April 5, Peter Matthiessen, a writer and adventurer best known for his book "The Snow Leopard," died at age 86 at his home in Sagaponack, N.Y.
By BJORN DIHLE

Herring the hot topic of upcoming UAF lecture

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host a Fisheries Seminar from 3:30- 4:30 p.m., April 11, in the Lena Point Building, room 101.

Total lunar eclipse in Juneau's near future

For the first time in two years, Juneauites will be able to experience not just one, but two total lunar eclipses in 2014, according to Marie Drake Planetarium volunteer Steve Kocsis. The first ...

Eaglecrest to host 'Porcupine Extravaganza'

To celebrate the new Porcupine Lodge at Eaglecrest Ski Area, the Porcupine Extravaganza will be held beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 13.

Public invited to 'Flight to Adventure' presentation

Join the Juneau Audubon Society in collaboration with the University of Alaska Southeast's One Campus One Book program for a free presentation titled "Flight to Adventure" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, ...

Yellow cedars, climate change the topic of UAS Sitka lecture

Lauren Oakes, a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University, will speak at the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka campus, about climate change and its impact on yellow cedar forests, as part of UAS' ...

BOW registration now open for 2014

All women interested in learning essential outdoor skills are invited to attend the Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop from May 16-18 at Echo Ranch. Registration began April 1 and the workshop is ...

DNR seeking input on Interior land offerings

The Division of Mining, Land and Water is seeking public input on its preliminary decision to reoffer two remote recreational cabin site staking areas in Interior Alaska.

Friday, April 4, 2014

On the Trails: Sunflower sea stars

One day in March, I walked a local "pocket" beach. Among the accumulated crab claws, fish bones, rockweed bits and mussel shells at the high tide line were two disarticulated arms of the sunflower ...
By Mary Willson

Feds: No listing for Southeast herring

ANCHORAGE - There's an abundant number of Southeast Alaska Pacific herring, and the species doesn't warrant a listing under the Endangered Species Act, a federal agency announced Wednesday.
By MARK THIESSEN

Off the Beaten Path: Spring Break in Southeast Alaska

The rest of America may be nearing the end of their spring break season, but things are just heating up in Southeast Alaska. Male blue grouse are hooting on forested slopes to establish territory ...
By BJORN DIHLE

A Trip South to present photos for First Friday

Members of A Trip South will give a First Friday photo presentation as part of the Sound and Motion series at 7 p.m. tonight, April 4 at the University of Alaska Southeast Rec. Center.

'April Fowl's Day' weekend events kick off Saturday

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Juneau office will host the annual Chicken Summit event Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6 in Juneau.

Ancient herring may hold clues to current resource management

The Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a lecture on new research on ancient herring populations on Tuesday, April 8 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Sealaska Plaza.

DNR now accepting grant applications for Farm to School program

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for its annual Farm to School mini-grants from April 2-18.

ADFG announces 2014 king salmon regs

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the 2014 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat. The regulations went into effect Wednesday and will remain ...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

KSM Pt. 2: A river runs through it, and that's the problem

Seabridge's KSM mine will be as deep as any the world has seen with the potential to critically damage Alaska's downstream resources.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Friday, March 28, 2014

On the Trails: Puzzles near Peterson Creek

The lower reaches of the present-day Peterson Creek near Amalga Harbor were under salt water for thousands of years.
By Mary Willson

Wild Shots

Reader-submitted images of Mother Nature in Southeast, Alaska.

Neary to talk on changes at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

The Southeast Chapter of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance is holding its final "Wildlife Wednesday" of the season with guest speaker John Neary, Director of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Spring Jamboree offers up free food, games, ropes course

SAGA is offering free food, carnival games, guided naturalist hikes and low ropes course activities at the Eagle Valley Center for its third annual spring jamboree from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this ...

Celebrate hummingbirds in Ketchikan in April

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center will host the Alaska Hummingbird Festival and juried art show, a month-long series of events beginning on Friday, April 4 in Ketchikan.

See the visitor center's new exhibit at Friday Fireside Lecture

The public is invited to the final Fireside Lecture of the 2014 season on Friday, March 28 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. This lecture will feature a new exhibit created by author and ...

Multiple agencies to participate in emergency response event

The Coast Guard Sector Juneau and Juneau-area emergency responders will be conducting and emergency response exercise at the A-J dock in downtown Juneau from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2.

Fundraise for cancer research with Hope of the Slopes event

The American Cancer Society will host the Hope on the Slopes event at Eaglecrest Ski Area on April 5. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., participants will make laps around the ski area while being ...

Mount Ben Stewart avalanche 'a spooky phenomenon'

A large avalanche apparently triggered by a group of skiers on Monday left behind crowns more than seven feet tall as it ripped down Mount Ben Stewart, beyond the boundary line of Eaglecrest Ski Area.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Off the Beaten Path: The flux and flow of caribou

The origin of the word "caribou" comes from Newfoundland's Micmac First Nation clan, the Yalipu. Yalipu roughly translates as "snow-shoveler" - caribou shovel through the snow with their sharp ...
By BJORN DIHLE

More rain, less snow: what that means for SE

Alaska and Canada share shorelines, watersheds, fish and an icefield. Why not science? Allison Bidlack, Director of the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center, said that's just what scientists from both ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Anti-KSM groups seek federal help

A proposed British Columbia transboundary mine that would dwarf any mining development in Alaska has attracted the attention of environmental groups in the state because of a concern that runoff ...
By KATIE MORITZ

Friday, March 21, 2014

Comment period extended on wildlife restrictions

The National Park Service is extending the public comment period related to temporary restrictions on certain sport hunting practices in several national preserves in Alaska. Public comments on ...

JRC to hold annual meeting, open house

The public is invited to this year's Juneau Raptor Center annual meeting and open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 in the Nugget Mall meeting room.

Fireside lectures, photo workshop at the glacier

The U.S. Forest Service is hosting two free special events for the public this week at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21 (with a repeat at 8 p.m.

New gear, coho fly on the agenda for meeting

Raincountry Flyfishers, a local fishing club, will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 in the Thunder Mountain High School library.

Spring Nordic season passes now on sale

Season passes for Eaglecrest Ski Area's Nordic trails are now on sale, according to Nordic Supervisor Ken Leghorn. Passes for the remainder of the season cost $59.

Alaska Science Forum: On the track of the wolverine

As I skied on a frozen river, a hairy creature trotted toward me. When the wolverine spotted me, it popped up in the air like an antelope, landed like a cat and bounced away into the high country ...
By NED ROZELL

On the Trails: Dwarf mistletoe

Dwarf mistletoe has appeared in these essays several times, but never as the main attraction, so to say.
By Mary Willson

Off the Beaten Path: Living in wolf country

This Monday, during a hike with my brothers, we came across fresh tracks of wolves. Three or four had milled around the trail before heading off into the dark woods. There was something electric ...
By BJORN DIHLE

Pair of unusual dog injuries raises more questions than answers

On March 5 in Haines, as reported by the Chilkat Valley News, a dog on a daytime walk with its owner was attacked and eaten by a wolf that appeared to be starving.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN and ABBY LOWELL

Wild Shots

Reader-submitted images of Mother Nature in Southeast, Alaska.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Reception to welcome new ranger

The US Forest Service will host a public reception at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Thursday, March 20 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to welcome new Juneau District Ranger Brad Orr.

A Trip South: Chillin' out in Chile

Traveling by bicycle we've developed a rhythm that has become a standard by default. A week or two of biking, followed by a week or two of relaxing in a cool place, keeps things interesting and ...
By KANAAN BAUSLER

Alaska Science Forum: Meet 'Nanuq', the mini t-rex of the Arctic

Seventy million years ago, the baddest predator on top of the world was a pygmy tyrannosaur about half the size of Tyrannosaurus rex.
By NED ROZELL

Off the Beaten Path: A query to Red Bull to sponsor my birding league

Dear Red Bull, Through the years I've dabbled in several dangerous and exciting recreational activities: mountain climbing, back-country skiing, yoga, Arctic slogs, hunts for cryptozoological ...
By BJORN DIHLE

On the Trails: Kingfishers

I've been thinking about kingfishers lately, although I don't know what brought them to mind. I certainly haven't seen any recently - their freshwater fishing spots are mostly iced-over, so they ...
By MARY F. WILLSON

Coho habitat destroyed by beaver dam dismantler

Last summer was a great year for coho salmon returns to Dredge Creek. Unfortunately, salmon redds in the creek below Dredge Lake have been negatively impacted by someone it appears was trying to ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Friday, March 7, 2014

Board of Game meeting scheduled in Achorage

The Alaska Board of Game will meet March 14-18 in Anchorage at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center, located at 600 West 7th Avenue, according to a release from the Alaska Department of Fish ...

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