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NEW YORK - Her shadow was one of the last things she saw. The groundhog that escaped Mayor Bill de Blasio's grasp during this year's Staten Island Zoo Groundhog Day ceremony died a week after the fall.

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 2:59pm

Just a few weeks ago, the Wilderness Act celebrated its 50th anniversary. Signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System by designating 54 U.S.

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 2:58pm

While waiting for a bite the other day, it dawned upon me that the main reason I don’t catch many fish is because of distractions. For example, when people around me are catching fish, I find myself losing focus. I try to see what lure they’re using, and what they’re doing that I’m not doing...

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 2:58pm

Maybe it's time to rethink the way we landscape using tulips. True, the familiar, large, goblet-shaped blooms make a colorful springtime splash grouped in beds and pots.

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 2:58pm

FORT BENTON, Mont. (AP) — Just down river from Fort Benton stands Signal Point. The knob along the Missouri River is made up of glacier till, deposited during multiple periods in geologic history when much of the area was covered in glaciers. Signal Point is several miles from the Missouri River I...

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 2:58pm

Winter is coming. That is probably one of my favorite phrases from the Game of Thrones' character, Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell. As Alaskans, I am sure that the same phrase reverberates from our lips every September.

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:16pm

Arrr! Avast, matey! Pump yer bilge, weigh yer anchor, and batten down yer hatches. Sept. 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:16pm

As the bumper sticker on my truck reads, "Compost Happens." Sometimes, however, it doesn't happen fast enough. That problem usually can be traced to some limiting factor in what a pile is fed, or to issues of moisture or aeration.

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:16pm

SISTERS, Ore. (AP) - As first-time climber Adam Rosalez stood in the shadow of Oregon's third-tallest mountain on a perfect September morning, he couldn't help but wonder exactly what he was getting into.

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:15pm

Last summer, my boyfriend Bjorn and I went for a three-day sun-drenched kayak trip at Admiralty Island's Windfall Harbor. We squinted into the merciless horizon to see an orca with a hooked fin swimming slowly past us.

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:48pm


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