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The term "beer garden" doesn't quite suit the backyard of the Alaska Roadhouse Bar and Grill, but between the beer and the soft sound of trees looming over the high fences, it passes for one.

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:45pm

As early runs of king and sockeye return to streams of the Kenai Peninsula, they bring more than the roe and milt that brings about the cycle of life.

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:45pm

In the 40-some years I've been freezing fish, I've learned a lot of things, and some were learned the hard way. Here's some of what I've learned. Before you start fishing, it's best to figure out how many salmon you need to catch.

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:45pm

My delphiniums are now in all their stately glory, the 5-foot, blue spires reaching for the sky as they guard the gate to my vegetable garden. I have to admit that besides their beauty, I also enjoy growing delphiniums to show off.

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:45pm

An angler visiting from Florida got lucky in Cook Inlet and hauled in a 341-pound halibut last week, one of the biggest reported in the state so far in 2016.

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 6:55pm

Fishermen flocked to the mouth of the Kasilof River Wednesday morning for the opening of the personal use gillnet fishery. Rows upon rows of camping tents lined the southern beach of the Kasilof River mouth Wednesday.

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 7:54pm

I once worked as a car salesman for a season before I moved to Alaska 23 years ago. The Lord Jesus had a powerful, profound lesson for me as I worked in a dealership that was hustle and bustle the minute you walked onto the lot until you left.

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 6:00pm

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 quivering mounds of white foam.

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 2:15pm

This column first appeared in the Clarion on March 31, 2006. The "sailor's walk," best described as sort of a lurching swagger, is an interesting phenomenon.

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 2:14pm

CAMANO, Wash. (AP) - I like to hike. No, I love to hike. Or, to say it another way, hiking is the only thing I'll happily get up early for. So, of course, I want my daughter to love to hike.

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 2:14pm


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