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The possible boundaries of ancient Lake Atna, a giant water body that existed thousands of years ago.

Alaska Science Forum: Spillways of an ancient Alaska lake

Many years ago, geologists stood on the bank of the Copper River and watched Childs Glacier thunder icebergs straight into the river. Using a little imagination, one researcher remarked how an advance of the glacier could seal off the big river.

by NED ROZELL

Photos: Roller coaster bike ride

Ron Flint takes a ride on the completed lower section of a new mountain bike trail currently under construction at the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Tuesday.
Juneau Empire

What's in Bloom: Sweet Autumn Virginsbower

Sweet autumn virginsbower, also known as Clematis terniflora, is a rampantly growing vine that one could almost call the kudzu of the north for its robust growth habit.
MERRILL JENSEN

One last summer road trip for Troop 6

Nine Boy Scouts and three adult advisers from Boy Scout Troop 6 in Juneau recently returned from the Philmont Scout Ranch where they completed a 12-day backpacking trek through the scenic and rugged backcountry of the Sangre de Cristo...
Klas Stolpe

Photo: Watch out for that whale

A humpback whale rolls its pectoral fins out of the water after bubblenet-feeding near North Island earlier this month.
Juneau Empire

On the Trails: Debunking mysteries of the monkshood flower

One warm but very windy day, a friend and I were perched on top of Gold Ridge in a small swale that provided some shelter from the wind. The alpine meadow was dotted with the purple flowers of monkshood.
Mary Willson

Rotary club kicks off annual bulb sale

The Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club is asking Juneau residents to brighten their gardens and open spaces with blooming bulbs this spring by participating in their annual bulb sale, the largest and longest running fundraiser for the club.

A new ungulate in town?

Unlike other parts of Alaska, it's not every day a moose is spotted near Juneau. But when it is, and photos make their way to social media, there's bound to be a flurry of activity, comments and curiosity.
Abby Lowell

Articles from the Outdoors section archive

Friday, Aug 28, 2015

Alaska Science Forum: Spillways of an ancient Alaska lake

Many years ago, geologists stood on the bank of the Copper River and watched Childs Glacier thunder icebergs straight into the river. Using a little imagination, one researcher remarked how an ...
By NED ROZELL

Photos: Roller coaster bike ride

Ron Flint takes a ride on the completed lower section of a new mountain bike trail currently under construction at the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Tuesday.
By Juneau Empire

What's in Bloom: Sweet Autumn Virginsbower

Sweet autumn virginsbower, also known as Clematis terniflora, is a rampantly growing vine that one could almost call the kudzu of the north for its robust growth habit.
By MERRILL JENSEN

On the Trails: Debunking mysteries of the monkshood flower

One warm but very windy day, a friend and I were perched on top of Gold Ridge in a small swale that provided some shelter from the wind. The alpine meadow was dotted with the purple flowers of ...
By Mary Willson

Rotary club kicks off annual bulb sale

The Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club is asking Juneau residents to brighten their gardens and open spaces with blooming bulbs this spring by participating in their annual bulb sale, the largest and ...

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

A new ungulate in town?

Unlike other parts of Alaska, it's not every day a moose is spotted near Juneau. But when it is, and photos make their way to social media, there's bound to be a flurry of activity, comments and ...
By Abby Lowell

Sunday, Aug 23, 2015

A Whale of a Tangle

What happens to whales seen entangled in gear?
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Friday, Aug 21, 2015

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.

What's in Bloom: Lauren's Grape

Papaver somniferum, or "Lauren's Grape," is a delightful form of bread seed poppy that was painstakingly selected over the course of several years by noted Colorado horticulturist and lecturer ...
By MERRILL JENSEN

On the Trails: Learning to see the natural world more deeply

"… the question is not what you look at - but how you look and whether you see." (Thoreau, 1851) In my weekly essays I commonly report small natural history observations noted during a walk in ...
By Mary Willson

Alaska Science Forum: A float down the Tanana River

This is not Henry Allen's Tanana River. Nor is it the Trail River of people living here thousands of years before the nineteenth-century government explorer struggled his way down the Tanana. But ...
By NED ROZELL

Dirt Girl: Harvest events signal end of the season

The light is changing, the wetland grasses are turning yellow and with that comes the end of the summer season activities for gardeners.
By CORINNE CONLON

Kinders of the woods

On a recent morning in the Twin Lakes area, a group of kids climbed a root wad, pretending it was an engine. They walked under devil's club and through ferns, looking for blueberries. They dug in ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Alaska Trails Program to hold teleconferences to assist grant applicants

New or experienced applicants for the Recreational Trails Program grant program are invited to join two teleconferences on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and Tuesday Oct. 6. Both teleconferences will be held ...

2015 Alaska State Fair Farm Family goes to Little Pitchfork

PALMER - The Pettit Family of Little Pitchfork Ranch has been selected by the Alaska agriculture community as the 2015 Alaska State Fair Farm Family of the Year. The Pettit family will be honored ...

Mendenhall Prospectus open house to be held tonight

Tourism businesses submitting proposals to provide commercial recreation services at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, or MGRA, are invited to attend an open house meeting from 5-8 p.m., Aug.

Public Hearing to be held on federal wolf hunting, trapping season closure

The Federal Subsistence Board has received a request, according to a press release, to close the 2015-16 Federal hunting and trapping seasons for wolves in Unit 2, which encompasses Prince of ...

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015

Further investigation planned in whale deaths in Alaska

JUNEAU - A federal agency has announced plans for a more intense investigation into what caused the deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska since May.

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015

Behind the scenes at the derby

The anglers win the prizes at the Golden North Salmon Derby, but behind the scenes, a crew of volunteers gets and keeps it going.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Friday, Aug 14, 2015

"This is why we live here"

People ran in and out of Dehart's Auke Bay Store grabbing last-minute bait. A man pushed a wheelbarrow full of ice. As I walked past people prepping boats, I overheard kids telling fishing ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

What's in Bloom: Papyrus

Native to Africa, Papyrus, Cyperus papyrus, was used by the ancient Egyptians to make a paper-like material which was then used for writing.
By MERRILL JENSEN

On the Trails: How young dippers learn

Someone saw a photo of a fledgling dipper in a local stream and asked me how young dippers learn to do all the things an adult must do - fly, swim, dive, forage, and (by next spring) sing the ...
By Mary Willson

DIPAC area closed to king harvest

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has closed the area around Douglas Island Pink and Chum Inc. fish hatchery to king salmon fishing. Anglers may not target, retain or possess king salmon.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

A look at the season's game, fin and fauna

August in Southeast Alaska: the coho are running, deer hunting season is open, and - usually - there's plenty to gather, as well.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

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.

Outer Point Trail ribbon cutting happens Saturday

Trail Mix Inc. will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15 for the Outer Point Trail, which was recently refurbished, making it the first ADA accessible trail in Juneau.

Photo: Many decades of derbies

69th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby Co-Chair Matt Robus presented Dick Garrison with an official hat this week in recognition of his participation in all 68 years of the event.

Learn how to hunt with Alaskans Afield weekend classes

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's series of classes for adults, "Alaskans Afield," starts a new season tomorrow. For five of the next six weekends, people can take a class on various ...

Juneau's Gun Club shoot results

The Juneau Gun Club held their monthly registered trap shoot on Aug. 8. Weather was sunny and warm, with members using umbrellas for sun relief, according to a release from the club.

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015

Putting up your own fish, part V

Magazine short lists of quintessential “Things Men Should Know” — like how to start a campfire, throw a punch and connect jumper cables — include how to fillet a fish. The funny part is, a lot of ...
By DICK CALLAHAN

Learn about the Juneau Icefield at public open house

Thirty-two students from across the United States, Canada, Ireland and Switzerland just spent more 50 days traversing the Juneau Icefield, and they are excited to share what they learned at an ...

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015

Meteor shower likely to be good, but not the greatest in Juneau

Want to wish upon a shooting star? The skies over the United States are likely to cooperate for a meteor shower overnight Wednesday in most places except Juneau.

Officials downstream from Colorado mine spill demand answers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Local officials in towns downstream from where millions of gallons of mine waste spilled into a southwest Colorado river are demanding answers about possible long-term threats ...
By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and ELLEN KNICKMEYER

Friday, Aug 7, 2015

Juneau's first dedicated mountain bike trail underway

By the end of the month, for the first time ever, Juneau's mountain biking community will be able to bike (at least the beginnings of) a trail that's just for them.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

What's in Bloom: Begonias

Tuberous begonias are one of Juneau's best choices for an attractive container plant that provides non-stop bloom from late spring until frost. Colors available include shades of pink, red, ...
By MERRILL JENSEN

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.

On the Trails: Small pleasures add up

On recent strolls in Gustavus and Bartlett Cove, several small observations gave interest and pleasure. Not to be sneered at, the small things added up (as they often do) to a pleasing heap of ...
By Mary Willson

Dirt Girl: All about the spud

I've been helping out with a friend's garden. This year, her son was ready to harvest potatoes at the end of June. He thought that because he saw plants, the potatoes were ready to come out of the ...
By CORINNE CONLON

Alaska Science Forum: The lonliest camp on Earth

One of the quietest places in Alaska was temporarily home to a few hardy people at the time the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock. An archaeologist has fleshed out what life might have been like ...
By NED ROZELL

Photos: Herring mystery

Juneau-based marine ecologist Michelle Ridgway in late July spotted what appeared to be more than 100 dead baby herring in the algae-filled empty squares of the Statter Harbor breakwater. "It's ...

Photo: A water blessing

Wrangell community members walk through the streets on Aug. 2 as part of events organized to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Mount Polley tailings dam breach. That day, community ...

Thursday, Aug 6, 2015

August reds depend on ADFG call on Kenai kings

The commercial Kenai River sockeye fishery could have its first regular finish in half a decade as long as Alaska Department of Fish and Game managers don't renew king salmon conservation measures ...
By DJ SUMMERS

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015

Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska

A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...
By PHUONG LE

Friday, July 31, 2015

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.

Off the Beaten Path: Alaska blueberry tales

The other day I made an expedition into the Alaskan wilds in search of the wily and sometimes dangerous blueberry. I rounded up Fenrir, an eight-week-old female golden retriever my girlfriend MC ...
By BJORN DIHLE

What's out there for the kids?

An in-the-works Discovery Southeast survey of organized outdoor recreational activities for Juneau youth shows gaps, especially for kids above elementary school age.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Alaska Science Forum: Red-backed voles climb into science literature

A few years ago, Link Olson wanted students in his mammalogy class to see one of the neatest little creatures in Alaska: the northern flying squirrel. He baited a few live traps with peanut butter ...
By NED ROZELL

What's in Bloom: Gardeners!

This year, the plants have thrived at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum due in great measure to the efforts of our seasonal gardeners. Carrie Goodbrake and Chelsie Harris brought a sense of purpose to ...
By MERRILL JENSEN

On the Trails: Fishy fins of many uses

When we think of a "typical" fish, most of us would envision something like a salmon or a pike.
By Mary Willson

Canyon City Trail changes open for public comment

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on a proposed three-fourths of a mile trail that expands on the existing trail in Canyon City at mile 8 on the Chilkoot Trail, west of the ...

Deer hunting season opens Saturday, Aug. 1

The general season Sitka black-tailed deer hunt for bucks only will begin Saturday, Aug. 1 for a portion of Game Management Unit 1 - Unit 1C to be exact, which encompasses Douglas, Lincoln, ...

New boat guidelines near glacial fjords

NOAA Fisheries has published updated guidelines for marine vessels entering tidewater glacier areas. Studies found the previous guidelines disturbed harbor seals, which use the areas as nurseries ...

Friday, July 24, 2015

Groups ask for government action on POW wolves

Six environmental groups on Thursday asked the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Federal Subsistence Board and the U.S. Forest Service to take certain actions to prevent further reduction of ...

4-H to host weekly Adventure Club

4-H activity coordinators Kanaan Bausler and Amie Spieth will be leading the first weekly Adventure Club outing from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday, July 26.

NOAA to host Ted Stevens Day open house

In recognition of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens' contributions to Alaska's fisheries, and to celebrate Ted Stevens Day, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Fisheries will host an open house ...

Sport fish report: Freshwater angling poised to heat up

KING SALMON Hatchery king salmon fishing within the Juneau Terminal Harvest Area continues to be good, particularly in Fritz Cove and inner Auke Bay.

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