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All kinds of things go awry on fishing trips. It's a good thing those of us who fish don't dwell on all the pain and loss, or we'd have quit fishing years ago. In the 1970s, when I was living and working in Anchorage, I fished the Kenai River at every opportunity. I went so often, I sometimes "used ...

Fri, 05/25/2012 - 8:42am

Pictures are said to say a thousand words. The most common words I use when describing our camps at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are exploration, discovery, fun, nature, outdoors, wildlife education, hands-on, and skill-based. But looking at the pictures bring to mind the "oohs" and "wow neat"...

Fri, 05/18/2012 - 8:29am

My sister and I couldn't have asked for a better day to begin our trek into Chile and to the Carretera Austral. The sky was brilliant blue, although the wind was ever present.

Fri, 05/18/2012 - 8:19am

I have a friend who likes to hunt and shoot, not that there's anything wrong with that. But every conversation with him, no matter how it starts, invariably ends up being about something to do with guns. Unlike him, I'm not obsessed with my favorite pastime, fishing. My skills, knowledge and accompl...

Fri, 05/18/2012 - 8:14am

For the past several years I have been highlighting the bird watchers (birders) who, through dedication and perseverance, are able to see more species than anyone else on the Kenai Peninsula and then take the time to enter those sightings in eBird. Ebird is a user-friendly web application in which p...

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 9:05am

The gravel didn't end. Dust pervaded every crack, every mechanism of the car. It caused seat belts and seat backs to break. Nuts and bolts would fall from nowhere, discovered in heaps of dust. While driving along in third gear, suddenly the standard transmission would slip and the gas would rev because the car was now in neutral.

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 8:53am

Something big is coming up, and I don't mean a halibut. After years of study and foot-dragging, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) is finally considering reducing the outrageous amount of halibut bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska. What's halibut bycatch? It's what happens when a commer...

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 8:45am

Many of us were bracing for a dramatic and messy break-up this year. Ice jams, flooding, clogged culverts, and rutted side roads seemed inevitable after all the snow that fell this winter. Instead, it has been a very gradual melt with little rainfall to speed up the process. This welcome surprise ma...

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 8:23am

Gravel! I got so tired of gravel! More than 1,100 miles of gravel!

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 8:16am

I hate to bring this up, but there are a few things you might want to do between now and, well, possibly as soon as tomorrow. This weekend, with its extreme minus tides, is one of the best clam-digging weekends of the year. If you go, don’t forget to renew your sport-fishing license. While you’r...

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 8:08am


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