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On the TV series "Alaska State Troopers," a young man with a concealed pistol was arrested and charged with misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree. When the Trooper handcuffed this man, he seemed surprised. So was I. After all, it's legal to carry a concealed weapon in Alaska. You don't n...

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 11:44am

For college students to apply for summer jobs at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Are you a college student ready to work hard outdoors, don't mind getting your hands dirty and looking for work this summer? The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has a few challenging, yet rewarding, job opportunities for ...

Fri, 12/09/2011 - 10:18am

Ever since Nov. 25, when I suggested in this column that nonresidents ought have limits for how many salmon they can take Outside, the howling has been loud and mournful. My idea was to use British Columbia's definition of "possession limit": "the number of fish of any species that an angler may hav...

Fri, 12/09/2011 - 10:08am

Beginning Dec. 1, reservations for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge cabins can be made on-line at www.recreation.gov or by phone at 1-877-444-6777. Since our cabin reservation program began in 2005, users have overwhelmi...

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 10:14am

The first time I heard the term "salmon poisoning," I thought it meant salmon were being poisoned. It turned out to be the infections fishermen get when they have an open wound and handle fish. The next time I ran across salmon poisoning was when a dog died after eating raw salmon. Someone told me w...

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 10:07am

It's only a matter of time until Alaska further limits the number of fish non-residents can take home. A proposal the Alaska Board of Fisheries will consider early in 2012 would do just that. Proposal 249, submitted by the Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, would establish annua...

Fri, 11/25/2011 - 10:15am

On Nov. 15, Seward resident Jim Herbert was walking the beach on the south side of Lowell Point, exercising his dogs while trying to escape the fierce 60 mile an hour north winds that were sweeping Seward and Resurrection Bay. The south facing beach was relatively sheltered from the full brunt of th...

Fri, 11/25/2011 - 10:25am

When the spruce bark beetle outbreak hit Homer in the mid-1990s, I spent my weekends felling trees, cutting firewood and burning slash. My wife and I lived in a thick old-growth Sitka spruce forest, with no view of Kachemak Bay and hidden from the road. As the trees came down, our land became what r...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:37am

Dale Bakk has been too busy shoveling snow, plowing and cutting up fallen trees to enjoy winter just yet. But that doesn't mean he hasn't been looking longingly at his set of cross-country skis, anticipating the feel of winter's bounty under his feet. "They are already out and they are waxed and rea...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:29am

Having spent five weeks in Bellingham, Washington, I'm realizing that it's a little different from the central Kenai Peninsula, where I've lived year-round since 1978. Bellingham is blessed with an average annual rainfall of about 35 inches; Kenai, about 19. On that subject, Bellingham has the dubio...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 10:19am

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