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Having been an employee of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for 34 years to the day when I retire at the end of December, I’ve an unusual appreciation of issues and events surrounding the Refuge since Dave Spencer’s arrival in 1947 as the first manager of what was then the Kenai National Moose...

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 4:04pm

It has been 50 years since Rachel Carson took on the chemical industry with "Silent Spring," a book that told how indiscriminate use of pesticides were poisoning not just targeted insects and plants, but fish, wildlife and humans.

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 4:04pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — It was likely easier than ever to see a migrating trumpeter swan this year, as the big white birds continued a remarkable comeback from near extinction in the Lower 48 states and much of their Alaska habitat, a federal wildlife biologist said. “They still have not recovered t...

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 4:04pm

Four years ago, when I decided to improve my life by living healthier, I made some important decisions. Instead of a crash or fad diet, I decided to eat nutritious foods that I'd want to eat for the rest of my life.

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 2:49pm

In preparation for a dinner party, a host carefully considers a litany of possibilities. Deciding the main course is customarily the toughest order of business, followed by choosing complementary side dishes. Perhaps an interesting theme should apply.

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 2:49pm

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. - Google and its street-view cameras already have taken users to narrow cobblestone alleys in Spain using a tricycle, inside the Smithsonian with a push cart and to British Columbia's snow-covered slopes by snowmobile.

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 2:48pm

As the furbearer trapping season is nearly upon us, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will soon be issuing trapping permits.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 5:33pm

Whoomp whoomp whoomp. The chopper's blades beat overhead as its skids touched down on the tarmac. This was it: Go time. Months of preparation, and all the hours we'd been up before dawn packing last-minute items, had all come down to this one moment.

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 4:31pm

There are many things about fishing that are important, but having expensive, high-end gear isn't one of them. I was reminded of this Sunday while silver fishing at Deception Pass in Puget Sound.

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 4:30pm

Listen. Do you hear that? A deep, throaty croak pops through the air over the treetops, just out of sight. The children I am walking with stop and try to recognize the animal making these unique, reverberating sounds.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 5:40pm


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