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As first-grader Xander Webb is helped out of the top hatch, marine ecologist Michelle Ridgway, right, instructs other Faith Community Christian School students about the training submarine at the Auke Bay Fire Station on Tuesday.

Juneau kids explore Aureo, the yellow submarine

Before lowering himself into Aureo, an erstwhile research vessel brought to Juneau to teach kids about ocean sciences, local Faith Community Christian School fourth-grader Lucas Thompson...
by KEVIN GULLUFSEN

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 bothered his party.
NED ROZELL

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 round-leafed species just peeping up...
MARY F. WILLSON

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.
CORINNE CONLON

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 efficiently in hatcheries.

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.

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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.

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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

Friday, May 13, 2016

Wild Shots

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Raincountry Flyfishers' Casting Night

The 23rd annual Casting Night will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at Twin Lakes. Raincountry Flyfishers and the local chapter of Trout Unlimited will host.

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in Juneau

The Tongass National Forest in partnership with Juneau Audubon Society and Juneau Community Garden Association will host International Migratory Bird Day activities on Saturday, May 14 at the ...

Summer closure of four islands in Glacier Bay

To prevent human disturbances and mortality rates of chicks during nesting season, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is closing four different islands in Glacier Bay from May 1-Aug. 31.

Photos: Bears, bears, everywhere

U.S. Forest Service park ranger Donald Macdovgall 59, stands on the Steep Creek Meadow platform looking down at a adolescent male bear, estimiated to be about 2 years old old, on Tuesday afternoon.

Off the Trails: Sparrows

In late April and early May, I enjoyed seeing a variety of sparrows, most of which were arriving from their winter quarters and fueling up for the next jump in their northward migration.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Alaska Science Forum: Much of the Arctic is lower than it was before

When botanist Janet Jorgenson first visited a patch of tundra east of Kaktovik in 1988, it was flat, dry and thick with 29 species of lichens and mosses. Now, Tapkaurak is wet, gullied and ...
By NED ROZELL

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Arbor Day: American legacy

"Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes in the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future." - J. Sterling Morton
By DICK CALLAHAN

Harvesting devil's club shoots

What an incredible spring. Although I am always happy to see the end of winter, I like the anticipation of waiting for things to turn green.
By CORINNE CONLON

Friday, May 6, 2016

Off the trails: Ballet of the unhatched chicks

In April, I listened with pleasure to the Taku Winds' performance of Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. One of the "pictures" illustrated in music is called (in English) the Ballet of the ...
By MARY F. WILLSON

The America Trip: Unplanned detour

Walking past the quaint, red brick buildings of downtown Morganton, North Carolina, we took in wafts of cherry blossoms on the soft evening breeze. On our way out of town, a truck pulled over and ...
By Logan Miller

Alaska company seeks ruling that permafrost can't be wetland

ANCHORAGE - An Alaska business has sued the Army Corps of Engineers, seeking a ruling that permanently frozen ground cannot be regulated as wetland.
By Dan Joling

Alaska Science Forum: Yukon River breaking up with a whimper

CIRCLE - As the pilot of a chartered Cessna 206 curved in for a landing above the Yukon River, his passengers squinted at white river ice that clung to the south bank near town.
By NED ROZELL

Dirt Girl: Planting potatoes

Potatoes are one of the easiest things to grow. They are OK with poor soil. They're even fine with soil that's acidic, which is most of Southeast Alaska. If you're recently cleared your garden bed ...
By CORINNE CONLON

Raincountry Flyfishers meeting

Local fish habitat projects will be the focus of the next Raincountry Flyfishers meeting to be held in the Thunder Mountain High School library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11.

Cook Inlet beluga whale ecosystem portal created

Government agencies and the public can now find information on the endangered population of Cook Inlet beluga whales on an easy-to-use public data portal through the Alaska Ocean Observing ...

Craig Salzillo Memorial Trap Shoot results

On April 30 about 12 percent of the membership of the Juneau Gun Club and its Juneau Youth Team (23 members), paid tribute to fallen member Craig Salzillo in a memorial trap shoot.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The case for cutthroat trout

THE CASE FOR CUTTS It's hard to explain the appeal of dry fly fishing for a 14-inch cutthroat trout because, well - it's 14 inches. A 14-pound salmon or 41-pound king salmon is what goes on the ...
By JEFF LUND

Fish Factor: Salmon season starts soon

FISH FACTOR: SALMON SEASON SOON TO START By Laine Welch In the face of Alaska's multi-billion dollar budget shortfalls, state policy makers are putting the onus on fishermen to cover the costs of ...
By LAINE WELCH

Friday, April 29, 2016

Alaska Science Forum: Calling frogs signal change of the season

NEAR BALLAINE LAKE - Over the blat of engines and hum of tires on nearby Farmers Loop, Mark Spangler hears the chuckles of the animal he is studying.
By NED ROZELL

Off the Trails: Anadromous fish in Dredge Creek

Dredge Creek begins in a long pond near the Glacier Spur highway, crosses under the road, and flows below the slopes of Thunder Mountain.
By MARY F. WILLSON

NOAA's Whale SENSE reaches one-year anniversary

Whale watching operators have noticed more communication, less crowding, fewer complaints and more awareness of speed and time spent with whales, according to feedback given at NOAA's pre-season ...
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Wild Shots

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Free screening of The Messenger

To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the International Migratory Bird Treaty, the Juneau Audubon Society invites Juneau to a free screening of the movie "The Messenger" at Gold Town ...

Friday, April 22, 2016

Alaska Science Forum: Carpeting the Denali Fault with earthquake sensors

NEAR MILLER CREEK - Crouching amid scratchy spruce branches and surrounded by feet of snow, Amir Allam jabs half-frozen soil with the spikey base of a white cylinder. The seismologist twists the ...
By NED ROZELL

The America trip: To the Atlantic!

We were eating at a McDonald's just outside Asheville, North Carolina, and for the first time in over a month, we truly didn't have any destination or plan. After a lengthy discussion, which ...
By Logan Miller

Dirt Girl: Spring planting and risk taking

The question of when to begin the garden season is dependent on your level of risk taking.
By CORINNE CONLON

On the Trails: Mid-April flowers and ducks

April showers bring May flowers? Ha! The flowers are already here in profusion, what with the near-absence of a real winter and the coming of a very early spring.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Federal agency seeks more protection for Cook Inlet whales

KENAI - A federal commission is calling on the National Marine Fisheries Service to delay permits issued for oil and gas operations in Cook Inlet until a plan is developed to ensure marine ...

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.

Raincountry Flyfishers meeting

Raincountry Flyfishers welcome all to a "Tie & Lie" get together in the Thunder Mountain High School library at 7 p.m. on April 27. Fishing trips, both past and planned, will be discussed.

Filleting and de-heading certain fish will be prohibited in Southeast Alaska for summer

In Juneau starting Monday, April 25 until midnight on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, there will be limits on filleting and de-heading certain fish according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, ...

Friday, April 15, 2016

Volunteers sought for east side Mendenhall Lake Project

The Trout Unlimited's Habitat Improvement Committee, the U.S. Forest Service and volunteers worked to upgrade the habitat and improve the trail on the east side of the Mendenhall Lake on April 9.

Plant sale in May

There will be a plant sale on Saturday, May 7, at 9 a.m.-noon in the Safeway parking lot.

The faces behind the fish

Most Americans don't know where their food comes from. Alaskans have it better, thanks to subsistence lifestyles and programs like Alaskans Own, a Sitka-based community supported fishery (CSF).
By Jennifer Nu

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