Friday night on the ice

On a summer night in Alaska, there is no shortage of light but Friday Night Lights at the ConocoPhillips Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility is offering something… Continue reading

Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison… Continue reading

A rose may be a rose — but varieties vary

Seeing gardens awash in rose blossoms this time of year is undoubtedly what prompted my sister-in-law to call me for suggestions on what roses to… Continue reading

It’s time to stop and smell the wildflowers

It’s easy to find yourself among the wildflowers in Alaska. The approach of summer solstice brings peak wildflower season on the Kenai Peninsula. The roadways… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Alaska’s smallest sea monster

Lurking in some of Alaska’s woods, swamps, and rocky places is the tiniest monster one could conjure into existence. With oversized pedipalps (pincers) protruding far… Continue reading

Why should dogs have all the fun? Try adventure catting

NEW YORK — At the beach, in the snow or on a hiking trail, heading outdoors for adventures with a “house cat” runs counter to… Continue reading

Out of the office: A case for hiking alone

Not working Mondays is the bee’s knees. No start-of-the-work-week blues and no lines at the grocery store or other places most people frequent on a… Continue reading

Little-studied island holds life, geothermal energy potential

The nearest town is 37 miles of wilderness and ocean away from the shores of Augustine Island, but the island still brims with life. In… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Faces of climate inequality

An 11-hour flight from Los Angeles, 1 hour flight from Nadi, and a 2-hour 4-wheel-drive trek along the rugged, sun-drenched coast of Taveuni Island will… Continue reading

Tips for taking a better cell phone photo

It’s easy to run into picture-perfect moments on the Kenai Peninsula, from a beautiful vista above Skilak Lake to a moose and her calf in… Continue reading

An Outdoor View: How to catch kings

By way of celebrating the 50th anniversary of catching my first king salmon, I thought it would be fun to remember some of the more… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Pteropods: Beer Nuts of the ocean

Remember Beer Nuts? Those sweet and salty peanuts with a crunchy outer shell used to be a staple of football parties and baseball games. Plus,… Continue reading

Hunting the elusive morel mushroom

“Once you find one, you’ll know what you’re looking for,” Rodney Pierce said with his eyes glued to the charred ground of the Funny River… Continue reading

An Outdoor View: Consequences

“You’re OK,” I told myself over and over again, a mantra more wish than fact. I was not OK, in fact. I was hanging off… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Butterworts: carnivorous and easily overlooked beauties

At first glance the insect-eating hairy butterwort, one of the smallest flowering plants on the Refuge at about two inches tall in full flower and… Continue reading

Clearing the way across the bay

The quiet forests of Kachemak Bay State Park carry magic for Kathy Sarns. After moving to Homer in 2008, she began visiting the park on… Continue reading

Advice to growers: Match the cure to the pest problem

The caller on the other end of the phone was worried: Her apple trees had suffered severely last year from cedar-apple rust disease, and she… Continue reading

Summer prep with fly fishing clinic

There’s no time for training once the summer fishing season is in full swing, so Lee Kuepper of Double Haul Fly Fishing took the opportunity… Continue reading

Hiking in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

What type of trail am I hiking today? Do I need my hiking poles? Skilak Lookout Trail has that steep climb at the end so,… Continue reading

An Outdoor View: Bear time

If you haven’t done so already this spring, now would be a good time to think about bears. The Kenai Peninsula is home to black… Continue reading