Trout Unlimited sues EPA over removal of Bristol Bay protections

The debate over the future of Bristol Bay and the proposed pebble mine are heating up once again, as conservation organization Trout Unlimited brings a lawsuit against the US Environmental Protection Agency, questioning the the EPA’s objectives stating, “the EPA ignored science…”

Opening Morning

BY ERIC M. BEEMAN I SHOOT BIRDS. I enjoy an autumn day wandering in the high country chasing ptarmigan with my .22 short, and a fat mallard from one of our nearby sloughs is genuinely tasty. Nowadays, though, I’ve discovered an additional way to shoot.

The Woman Who Married a Whale

(fiction) Story and illustrations by Jocelyn Paine In my youthful self, I imagined the sea was a basket of treasures. All things that came from it were delights to my eyes or thrilled my mouth or woke my skin. When my sister and I set out foraging, I always suggested the sea’s edge, while she...

The Power of a Burning Book

One woman’s stand-off with a persistent grizzly By Nancy Pfeiffer I am drifting off to sleep in my tent in the Ray Mountains, a little-known mountain range north of Fairbanks and south of the Brooks Range. My 12-year-old Australian sheepdog, Blumli, sleeps at my feet. The arctic sun, still above...

The Black Spruce

Learning from a tree By Corinna Cook To understand the black spruce, remember it grows from a fist-sized root ball as grey and compact and crucial as a brain. Each black spruce spindles itself straight up into the crack of the cold, stout branches making a skyward scrub from base to apex all winter...