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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - I used to think winter mountain biking was a stunt you did once to say you've done it. That was before I learned to enjoy the unique feel of frozen trails, and I am rarely alone out there.

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 1:36pm

Last week I actually lost sleep in excitement over receipt of our first set of "next-generation sequencing" data, our latest step in a years-long effort to overcome the taxonomic impediment. Yes, I am pretty nerdy, but this is my bread and butter.

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:17pm

For years, I railed against subsistence fishing in the Kenai. I dreaded that it would mean gill nets in the river. I feared that it would be a federally enforced source of bitter divisiveness among local residents.

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:17pm

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Cross-country skiers are harnessing their dogs' pent-up winter enthusiasm in a fast-growing sport that's finding a niche in the Inland Northwest.

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:17pm

NEW YORK - A big, bad pair of hiking boots and the bloody hurt they inflicted on Cheryl Strayed's feet were co-stars in her book "Wild," as they were for Reese Witherspoon in the popular movie adaptation that earned the actress an Oscar nomination.

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:17pm

Last weekend on a drive back from Anchorage, whizzing by the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center at 57 miles per hour my daughter pointed out a strange looking moose on the side of the Seward Highway.

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:33pm

Author's note: This column first appeared in the Clarion on May 23, 2003. For years, most anglers fished for halibut in Southcentral waters with the same bait and technique: a chunk of herring on either a "c" hook or a "j" hook, fished on the bottom.

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:32pm

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Alaska State Troopers are looking for your selfies - those ubiquitous self-portraits, usually snapped with smartphone cameras, that make up countless Facebook profile pictures and online avatars.

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:32pm

FAIRBANKS (AP) - Workers are building an ice playground in a city in Alaska's interior, including a pirate ship slide made from 65 refrigerator-sized blocks of ice.

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:32pm

If you're staying indoors a lot this winter, here are some ideas for staving off cabin fever. The best times and places, as well as the best guides, lodges and cabins, usually are booked months in advance. Plan carefully, but book your trips now.

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:25pm

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