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SALT LAKE CITY — As outdoor recreation companies increasingly cater to skiers and snowboarders who like to venture beyond the groomed slopes at ski resorts and tackle backcountry terrain, they’ve put a special emphasis on gear and equipment to keep people safe in case of avalanches. At the recen...

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:37pm

When I was 6 years old, my family traveled the Alcan Highway from California to the Arctic Circle in Alaska.

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:37pm

Author's note: A loyal reader recently noted that it has been two years since I bamboozled readers into learning about fish by slipping a little cold biology into a hot romance novel.

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:37pm

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 - 12:36pm

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 - 12:17pm

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 - 12:17pm

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 - 12:17pm

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 - 12:17pm

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 - 1:33pm

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 - 1:32pm
 

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