Diabetic snowboarder Sean Busby rides 7 continents

While a few of his former teammates were competing for gold, silver and bronze, Sean Busby was rounding out a set hardly any Olympian can… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: New Visitor Center Becoming Reality

Up from the icy ground adjacent to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in Soldotna, a building has grown. Through snow fall and rain, during… Continue reading

Les Palmer: Blown off again

My wife and I and another couple were all cranked up and ready to go king salmon fishing out of Homer Monday morning, but an… Continue reading

Faster, safer avalanche rescue

Alaska Electric Light & Power Inc. has purchased a piece of equipment — a long-range receiver that mounts to a helicopter — that will make… Continue reading

Ice skating: an adventure in embarrassing the kids

SUNRIVER, Ore. (AP) — “What did you think about ice skating?” I asked my daughter Lucy.“Eh. It was OK,” she replied, distracted by her reading.We… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Kruger National Park, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge share common conservation issues

Before we moved to Alaska, my family and I lived two years in South Africa’s Kruger National Park (KNP), where I conducted research on African… Continue reading

Pond hockey: ‘As pure as it gets’

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — It was the kind of day where beards sprouted icicles, wearing wool socks was an exercise in wishful thinking, and your… Continue reading

Les Palmer: All about the black spruce

If you live on the Kenai Peninsula, you live either in or near black spruce, Picea mariana.This is a tree that actually prefers acidic soil… Continue reading

Homer doctor, friends snowmachine to Nome

For the 22nd year, Paul Sayer, a Homer physician, is getting ready to take the same two-week, mid-winter vacation he has taken every year before:… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: A demonstration of age and beauty

On a frosty morning in February 1985, biologists from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge hunkered down in the bushes waiting for takers on their carefully… Continue reading

Perfect conditions for perfect climbing

UTICA, Ill. (AP) — Year-round tourist attraction Starved Rock State Park does not attract mountaineers every year.But an extremely cold December, January and February, with… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Time to apply for summer jobs at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Are you interested in working at one of the premier wildlife refuges in the nation this summer? The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has a few… Continue reading

Homer Cycling Club’s Big Fat Bike Festival this weekend

The Homer Cycling Club’s Big Fat Bike Festival is today through Sunday. Events include beach bonfires, a group ride from Anchor Point to Homer, burger… Continue reading

Snow fun: Clunky bikes with fat tires catching on

MCCALL, Idaho (AP) — You’ve probably seen these in a bike shop, in a bike rack, or even hanging from the ceiling of a bar… Continue reading

Sunk, but undefeated, NYC man faces Atlantic again

NEW YORK — A tenacious New Yorker who has been trying for nearly a decade to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, but has been… Continue reading

Ski resorts turn to terrain-based teaching

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — Allison Willette’s first few skiing lessons left her with a sore butt and aching knees but not a lot of skills.… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Genetic diversity of wildlife on the Kenai Peninsula is a mixed bag

There are 1,786 plant and animal species known on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. That’s extraordinary biodiversity for this latitude with perhaps another 3,000 species,… Continue reading

An Outdoor View: The first king

Like your first kiss, you never forget your first king salmon.I was born in 1937, and raised in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, within walking distance of the… Continue reading

Extreme Alaska challenge: 100-mile run, with sled

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Man against nature.The theme is as old as time, or as old as man has existed in time.Juneau’s Houston Laws has… Continue reading

A crash course in smooth snowshoeing

PARADISE, Wash. (AP) — It seems simple enough: strap, stand, step — one foot in front of the other.But synchronizing your steps atop snowshoes is… Continue reading