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Spraying downward and in front of a charging bear is good technique for using bear deterrent spray. Bear spray only works if you keep it handy so wear the holster on your belt or attached to a pack shoulder strap, but don't stuff it in a pack. (Photo courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)

Refuge Notebook: Tips for using bear spray

Bear spray is a weapon. Just like any weapon, you've got to know how to use it so it stops what you want it to stop (a bear) and doesn't stop you.

by John Morton

An Outdoor View: Fish board

I was disappointed Sunday when state legislators voted against confirming Soldotna resident Robert Ruffner's appointment to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.
Les Palmer

Gardeners on the move make their plants portable

People on the move often spurn gardening as a hobby because they have to leave their plants behind. But new innovations and creative ideas are making planters portable and easy to transfer from one location to another.
DEAN FOSDICK

Autism Speaks offers grants for lifesaving swim lessons

NEW YORK - "Ian, Ian, Ian," squeals 8-year-old Anna as she spots her friend across a pool in the South Bronx. She splashes with excitement until he gingerly joins her in the water. Five years ago, Anna wouldn't even utter "Mama.
LEANNE ITALIE

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