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In exchange for ice cream, my 10-year old daughter, Charly, and her friend, Anya, were picking currants when a couple of sedge darners landed nearby.

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 4:28pm

This time of year, the harvest season, is my favorite. There's something about putting away food for the winter that makes me feel happy, secure and satisfied. We Alaskans are fortunate to have the opportunity to harvest many wild foods.

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 4:28pm

There are two kinds of fishermen: those who fish, and those who fuss. Take your fussers. Please. Fussers are people who spend much of their lives messing with bait, tackle and petty details instead of having their lines in the water, fishing.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 2:52pm

Wild berry season has arrived on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Bears enjoy big clusters of devil's club and mountain ash berries, while robins and thrushes devour red elderberries. Wildlife and humans alike enjoy blueberries and cranberries.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 2:52pm

Facing the Gulf of Alaska like a giant lacrosse basket, the .4-mile long Gore Point east beach catches much of the Pacific Ocean's marine debris.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 2:51pm

Having the opportunity to become a park ranger for the summer at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has been a truly unique experience. Talking one-on-one with fellow Alaskans as well as visitors hailing from Germany to Georgia, and everywhere in between, has been incredibly informative. One of the ...

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 9:25am

The dictionary that hides in my Mac says “feisty” means “having or showing exuberance and strong determination.” That’s a fitting description of the chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta), the feistiest of the five species of Pacific salmon in Alaskan waters. My first run-in with a chum came in t...

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 9:16am

“So what exactly does your job entail?” This question is followed up quickly by another fishermen’s tongue-in-cheek answer of “what a job to check licenses.” As a law enforcement officer at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, I reply with a smile, “yes, that’s part of it”, while maki...

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 9:41am

We got to San Antonio de Areca, near Buenos Aires, by nightfall and camped in a crowded park spilling over with visitors here for Carnaval.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 9:36am

(Author’s note: With humpback salmon now running in the Kenai River, this is a good time to run this story in the Clarion. It first appeared in Alaska magazine in August 2001. It has been edited for brevity.)  When someone says the fish are so thick, you can walk across the river on ...

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 9:29am


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