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Many of us are engaged this week in the annual spring sport of watching the birch trees begin to leaf out, and anticipating early spring-blooming wildflowers.

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:29pm

New twists on fish and shrimp by Les Palmer It happens now and then, and a few days ago, it happened again. I was overwhelmed by an urge to eat fish tacos. Sadly, all the fish that had wintered in our freezer had been eaten.

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:29pm

Author's note: My favorite outdoor writer/humorist, Ed Zern (1910-1994), left a legacy of ridiculous and hilarious stories. His ghost sometimes visits me, causing me to write something like what follows.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:55pm

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Much of the Continental Divide in winter remains a place seldom visited by people - a harsh environment, windblown and seemingly void of wildlife.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:56pm

This past weekend, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge hosted the 2015 Youth Game Warden Camp.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:56pm

Crabapple branches drenched in white, pink or red blossoms are a strong enticement to go out and buy one of these trees. First, however, put a little thought into which variety you plant.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:55pm

Bear spray is a weapon. Just like any weapon, you've got to know how to use it so it stops what you want it to stop (a bear) and doesn't stop you.

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:43pm

I was disappointed Sunday when state legislators voted against confirming Soldotna resident Robert Ruffner's appointment to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:43pm

NEW YORK - "Ian, Ian, Ian," squeals 8-year-old Anna as she spots her friend across a pool in the South Bronx. She splashes with excitement until he gingerly joins her in the water. Five years ago, Anna wouldn't even utter "Mama.

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:43pm

People on the move often spurn gardening as a hobby because they have to leave their plants behind. But new innovations and creative ideas are making planters portable and easy to transfer from one location to another.

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:43pm


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