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Dr. Elizabeth Graham | For the Juneau Empire
Spruce aphid are shown on the needle of a Sitka spruce.

Spruce aphid: Small bugs, big problem

A larger-than-normal seasonal presence has hampered some Juneau inhabitants this Spring and Summer, impeding members of our locally-rooted population.

by KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Off the Trails: June tide-pooling and a bear story

A minus 4 1/2-foot tide drew us out to check the intertidal zone. As we strolled across a wide sandy stretch at the water's edge, we were startled to see a frond of rockweed steadily disappearing into the sediments.
MARY F. WILLSON

Alaska Science Forum: Summer solstice doesn't mean maximum warmth

A person might think that since we get our maximum sunlight on the summer solstice (on or about June 21), we should also get our peak warmth then.
NED ROZELL

Wild Shots

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Controlling elodea with data

Although the invasive water-weed elodea was officially eradicated from the Kenai Peninsula this summer, the statewide threat remains.
BEN BOETTGER

Alaska IPHC board member fined $49K for fishing violation, resigns

Jeff Kauffman resigned as the Alaska resident member of the International Pacific Halibut Commission on June 22, shortly after he and two fellow fishermen agreed to a $49,000 fine for harvesting more than 10,000 pounds of halibut over...
DJ SUMMERS

Report: Temper expectations for sockeye price hike

The message on prices for Alaska's sockeye fishermen from Juneau economics firm McDowell Group this season is good, but not great.
DJ SUMMERS

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Behnken named interim halibut commissioner

Behnken named interim halibut commissioner Linda Behnken is replacing International Pacific Halibut Commission interim commissioner Jeff Kauffman as commissioner in the Alaska resident seat. The U.S.
By Capital City Weekly

Friday, June 24, 2016

Controlling elodea with data

Although the invasive water-weed elodea was officially eradicated from the Kenai Peninsula this summer, the statewide threat remains.
By BEN BOETTGER

Alaska Science Forum: Summer solstice doesn't mean maximum warmth

A person might think that since we get our maximum sunlight on the summer solstice (on or about June 21), we should also get our peak warmth then.
By NED ROZELL

Spruce aphid: Small bugs, big problem

A larger-than-normal seasonal presence has hampered some Juneau inhabitants this Spring and Summer, impeding members of our locally-rooted population.
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Off the Trails: June tide-pooling and a bear story

A minus 4 1/2-foot tide drew us out to check the intertidal zone. As we strolled across a wide sandy stretch at the water's edge, we were startled to see a frond of rockweed steadily disappearing ...
By MARY F. WILLSON

Time for another Quest on the Yukon

WHITEHORSE - The race roster is set for the 18th annual Yukon River Quest, which will begin on Wednesday, June 29, in Whitehorse. This year's field will feature a record 94 teams with 236 paddlers ...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Report: Temper expectations for sockeye price hike

The message on prices for Alaska's sockeye fishermen from Juneau economics firm McDowell Group this season is good, but not great.
By DJ SUMMERS

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Tongass National Forest moves to electronic mailing lists

KETCHIKAN - The Ranger Districts for the Tongass National Forest are switching their mailing list from snail mail to email. 

Wild Shots

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Off the Beaten Path: Starvation dreams

Once, while camped in a valley in the Central Brooks Range, I dreamt I heard an old woman crying outside my tent. When I woke I couldn't resist peering outside, but saw nothing besides snowy ...
By BJORN DIHLE

Dirt Girl: Decked out in green

Last year I switched growing my greens from the community garden to the back deck of the boat. I had thought that having lettuce at a nearby garden would be close enough for regular harvests.
By CORINNE CONLON

Off the Trails: Environmental sex determination

In birds, mammals, some plants and many other organisms, biological gender is typically determined genetically. That is, biological sex of an individual is determined at conception.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Kerry tours Arctic Circle

NY-ALESUND, Norway - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday visited Norway's extreme north, viewing areas where climate change has melted ice and opened new sea lanes.
By MATTHEW LEE

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bears bother lonely science instruments

Interior Alaska is a hungry place — lots of boreal forest and swampy wetlands with big, flat rivers winding through. Wildlife sightings, especially of big mammals, are rare.
By NED ROZELL

Friday, June 10, 2016

Trail rehabilitation needs volunteers

Trout Unlimited and the US Forest Service have teamed up for another habitat rehabilitation project and need volunteers at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at the Tolch Rock trailhead.
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Salmon project connects Alaskans

Salmon unite and divide Alaskans across the state. Gear type, purpose and region all come into play in a divisive debate over salmon allocation.
By ELIZABETH EARL

Off the Trails: Meanderings

Late May and early June found us wandering in several very fine places. Most of the time the weather was also fine! On the trail to Granite Basin I heard eight kinds of songbirds in full voice.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Russian River, Kenai River rainbow fishing to open

Fishermen on the central Kenai Peninsula will be able to head to the Kenai and Russian rivers for some fishing starting Saturday. Sockeye fishing on the Russian River will open Saturday at 12:01 a.m.
By ELIZABETH EARL

Foam on the water a sign of life and death

While sitting in the front of a canoe on a twisty Alaska creek, my daughter asked to steer closer to the riverbank. She wanted to grab some suds. There, caught in the elbows of fallen trees, were ...
By NED ROZELL

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.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Help plan Glacier Bay's future

The National Park Service invites the public to plan for the future of the "Frontcountry areas" of Glacier Bay National Park.
By Capital City Weekly

Foraging for beach asparagus

From Noma, a restaurant rated best in the world, to Juneau’s The Rookery Cafe, chefs are using traditional foraged foods to create a menu that is not only seasonal, but a connection to place. The ...
By CORINNE CONLON

Fish Factor: Boats use fish from tail to head

BOATS USE FISH FROM TAIL TO HEAD Alaskan fishermen have raised the bar for big fishing boats with the F/V Northern Leader of Kodiak, and Discovery Canada producers of the popular "Mighty Ships" ...
By LAINE WELCH

Friday, June 3, 2016

Twenty-nine pounder takes derby crown

When David Turner Jr. caught his 29.25 pound king salmon on Monday, he didn't expect it to be worth $12,000. "That's the biggest king salmon I have ever caught so it was pretty sweet.
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Dirt Girl: Tending your garden

With the intense, endless rain that we had, I didn't complete planting until just a few weeks ago. Even then it felt like a marathon of pain. Gardening in the spring can sometimes feel that way.
By CORINNE CONLON

On the Trails: Getting to the 'root' of unseen forests

When we think of a forest, most of us have a mental image of a stand of more-or-less dense trees that covers a sizable piece of the landscape. Plantations don't count: too manicured, too uniform.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Off the Beaten Path: My bucket list

I was introduced to the idea of bucket lists by an adrenaline-seeking couple I guided years ago on an outing to Admiralty Island. I was leery after they told me swimming with sea lions was number ...
By BJORN DIHLE

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.

Glacier Bay limits boat speeds due to whale numbers

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has implemented a 13-knot speed restriction in the area due to a high number of humpback whales, park superintendent Philip Hooge said Wednesday.

Saturday marks annual Twin Lakes Family Fishing Day

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's annual Family Fishing Day at Twin Lakes will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Fire breaks down and builds up boreal forest

I once wrote about how fire had ravaged more than 10 percent of Interior Alaska during two smoky summers. A wildlife biologist called me out for choosing an inadequate verb.
By NED ROZELL

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Fish Factor: Legislature wreaks havoc with fisheries

The budget impasse with Alaska legislators is wreaking havoc on salmon fisheries across the state, and the industry is bracing for the possibility of a complete shutdown in some regions.
By LAINE WELCH

Don't touch fawns

Don't touch fawns The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation in Sitka reminds the public that deer fawns should not be handled, picked up, or otherwise disturbed.
By Capital City Weekly

Woodshed Kings: Keep outside wood outside

Remember a few years ago when one of the local chain stores in Juneau tried selling Atlantic farmed salmon from down south? Oh, the hue and cry of public outrage. So they stopped.
By DICK CALLAHAN

An Alaskan takes on the heat

One lap around the parking lot to warm up, and I was glazed in the layer of anticipatory sweat that an Alaskan gets when he’s visiting Tucson and has been awake just long enough to eat an energy ...
By JEFF LUND

Friday, May 27, 2016

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.

Collaboration provides water recirculation workshop

Fish Tech professor Jim Seeland, Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems and DIPAC partnered to host a workshop to inform Alaskan fish culturists how recirculation can be used as a technique to use water more ...

State awards nearly $300,000 in Clean Water Grants

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will give $295,493 in Alaska Clean Water Actions grants.

On the Trails: Here and there in May

The lower muskegs at Eaglecrest were dotted with pink flowers of bog rosemary and the white flowers of cloudberry. Searching specifically for sundews (insect-eating plants), we found plenty of the ...
By MARY F. WILLSON

Alaska Science Forum: Moose flies a high-summer Alaska pest

While boating down the Yukon River during the hottest summer recorded in Alaska (1915, when Fort Yukon reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit), missionary Hudson Stuck wrote about the wildlife that most ...
By NED ROZELL

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Foraging for goose tongue

On Shaman Island, during a day it seemed everyone in Juneau was outside embracing the sun, I had a friend identify goose tongue.
By CORINNE CONLON

Fish Factor: High prices - the talk of the town

Alaska's salmon season officially got underway on May 16 with the arrival of thousands of sockeye and king salmon at the Copper River near Cordova, and high prices were the talk of the town.
By LAINE WELCH

Friday, May 20, 2016

Off the Beaten Path: The brown bear and silver salmon

On my girlfriend's first trip to Admiralty Island, we were picking salmon berries when we heard a bear moving through the nearby maze of thorns. I spoke to it gently. The brush crackled and then a ...
By BJORN DIHLE

Alaska Science Forum: Big changes on a big Alaska peninsula

Larger than West Virginia, the Kenai Peninsula has the best of Alaska: coastal rainforests, two icefields, majestic deepwater fiords and a sapphire river home to the largest king salmon ever caught.
By NED ROZELL

Off the Trails: Footloose in May

We took the old way up to Cropley Lake, through the woods, working our way around or over windthrows and mudholes.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Optimism for salmon prices in 2016

A new market analysis has an optimistic outlook for the 2016 salmon season - and goes a long way in explaining why Bristol Bay sockeye salmon received a low dockside price for last year's catch.
By DJ SUMMERS

Dirt Girl: Creating your own hanging baskets

Like most people, I think of cascading flowers when I think of hanging baskets. Despite my predilection for edibles, I like to have at least one hanging basket that exudes color in what otherwise ...
By CORINNE CONLON

Youth fishing day at Twin Lakes on June 4

The Juneau Ranger District's annual co-hosted Family Fishing Day will be at Twin Lakes on June 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Juneau Rotary Club and Douglas ...

Director picked for National Weather Service Alaska Region

Carven Scott has been named director of the NOAA National Weather Service's Alaska Region in Anchorage. He started his new assignment May 15.

Grill yourself on these safety tips

It's barbecue season, and while people are grilling up hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks, the risk of a home fire also goes up.

Two Alaska communities awarded Forest Service Wood Innovation grants

Two Alaska communities were awarded Forest Service Wood Innovation trants: the Haines Borough and the Hydaburg School District.

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.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Skagway derby cancelled

Skagway derby cancelled SKAGWAY - Skagway's Pat Moore Memorial Game Fish Derby has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to low returns and reduced capacity at the host organization, the ...
By Capital City Weekly

Jeff Lund on work vs. luck

 I recently read an article in The Atlantic about the perception of luck and why it matters more than most of us think. In fact, it was called, "Why luck matters much more than you think."
By JEFF LUND

Fish Factor: The start of salmon season

Alaska's salmon season has gotten underway with lots of optimism, a far cry from the bleak feelings of a year ago.
By LAINE WELCH

Woodshed Kings: Wood heat part II

Wealth is different things to different people. When September rolls around two of the best things in the world are a freezer full of fish and enough seasoned firewood for two winters.
By DICK CALLAHAN

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