Refuge Notebook: Butterworts: carnivorous and easily overlooked beauties

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:13

At first glance the insect-eating hairy butterwort, one of the smallest flowering plants on the Refuge at about two inches tall in full flower and sporting only 2-4 tiny leaves, seems incomparable to the famous, fictitious, voracious Audrey II from the musical, Little Shop of Horrors. What makes the equally hungry but far smaller butterworts far more interesting to me is that they are really real. With effort you can witness these and other carnivorous plants eating animals in a wetland near you.

Clearing the way across the bay

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:12

The quiet forests of Kachemak Bay State Park carry magic for Kathy Sarns.

Advice to growers: Match the cure to the pest problem

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:12

The caller on the other end of the phone was worried: Her apple trees had suffered severely last year from cedar-apple rust disease, and she wanted to know how to keep them from being attacked again.

Letters to the editor

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:10

Alternatives to smoking unfairly discouraged

Death, taxes and special sessions

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:09

The only things certain in life, as the saying goes, are death and taxes.

Kenai Central High School students exit stage left

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:05

Kenai Central High School’s six graduating valedictorians had more than 171,000 English words to choose from to describe their class. The one they chose?

Copper River managers proceed cautiously after big king salmon takes

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:05

Commercial fishing managers in Prince William Sound plan to continue opening the fishery, despite concerns about low king salmon returns to the Copper River system.

River City grads reminisce

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:04

Each of the 10 River City Academy graduates present in the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex for the school’s Wednesday graduation ceremony gave a short speech before accepting their diplomas. In addition to thanking their parents and teachers, most spent their time behind the podium paying homage to each other.

Ninilchik community celebrates graduating class

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:07

Eleven Ninilchik seniors lined the walls of the school gym following their graduation ceremony to receive well-wishes, hugs and gifts from the community that helped raise them.

Soldotna council sets aside field house funds

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:23

Soldotna is one step closer to an indoor field and recreational facility after the city council voted Wednesday to set aside $3 million for the project, should it come to fruition.