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Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Austin Jones stands next to his foldable kayak after finishing a 59-day, 1,170-mile trip from Anacortes, Washington, to Juneau on Tuesday.

Paddling the Inside Passage in an 'origami' kayak

Below the gangway leading down to Harris Harbor, 25-year-old medical student Austin Jones split open his foldable kayak, revealing among water bottles, camping and survival gear two canisters: one of nutella and one of peanut butter.

by KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Alaska Science Forum: Elephant Point and forests on ice

For all the descriptive Alaska place names out there - like the Grand Canyon, the Wall of China and the three Death Valleys - there are some that make you wonder. Elephant Point is just south of the Arctic Circle on a tundra peninsula...
NED ROZELL

Dirt Girl: When is the right time to harvest garlic, shallots?

Last fall I planted garlic and shallots. Thinking about them now takes me back to those early spring days when the covering was removed and the seaweed pushed aside. This allowed those first traces of the garden season to be revealed.
CORINNE CONLON

Butterfly walks are popular with all ages

SPOKANE, Wash. - Butterflies are more than just another pretty bug. They're pollinators and indicators of a healthy environment. They play a role in natural pest control as well as being nourishment for birds and bats.
RICH LANDERS

Off the Trails: Toadlets, sticklebacks and sweetgrass

A short visit to Gustavus in mid-July yielded a diversity of interesting observations. My friend had a report of toads near a gravel pit, so we went out to see.
MARY F. WILLSON

$10 million available for fisheries projects from NOAA

NOAA Fisheries has made $10 million in funding for projects focusing on sustainable fisheries and coastal fishing communities, it reported in a recent press release.

Fishermen's group kicks off information program

The United Fishermen of Alaska kicked off their Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP) this week by opening an online opinion survey for commercial fishermen and their families.
KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Wild Shots

Submit your wild shots: The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to: Outdoors Editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com.

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