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We Alaskans occasionally need to be reminded of how fortunate we are to live where salmon still have a place to come home to. In Washington, where I was born and raised, salmon abundance has declined dramatically over the past several decades.

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 2:07pm

In the May 2013 issue of the journal IMA Fungus, Dr. Marcin Piatek of the Polish Academy of Sciences described a new kind of smut from the Kenai Peninsula.

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 3:34pm

The recent threat of flooding along the lower Kenai River didn't surprise me. I've seen it happen so many times, I now equate silver fishing with high water. This is the season when the Kenai River is most likely to be high and to flood.

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 3:33pm

(Author's note: This column first appeared in the Clarion on April 4, 2008. Nothing has changed. LP) Slowly but surely, I'm figuring out women. For example, I recently deduced why they spend so much time shopping. This is no casual observation.

Thu, 08/15/2013 - 4:25pm

We had a scare the other day. Staff at the Kenai Municipal Airport suspected elodea, a nasty invasive freshwater plant, was in their floatplane basin, so we scrambled to see what was there.

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 5:26pm

Ceviche is a favorite seafood dish at our house. Quick and easy to prepare, we have it as either an appetizer or a light meal.

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 5:27pm

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Wed, 07/31/2013 - 7:30pm

In June, I bicycled the Dalton Highway (aka Haul Road) from Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks. It was everything I expected - hot, dusty, buggy and endless mountains with 12 percent grades. In other words, it was an experience, not a vacation.

Thu, 07/25/2013 - 1:45pm

My wife and I spent six days on Prince William Sound this month, cruising, fishing and escaping the franticness of the Kenai Peninsula in July. This was mainly a do-it-yourself trip.

Thu, 07/25/2013 - 1:44pm

KATMAI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE - Kim Spanjol has seen gorillas in Congo and orangutans in Borneo.

Thu, 07/25/2013 - 1:44pm

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