Fish and Bear

A Kenai River king salmon tale [by Kurt Jacobson] WHEN I MOVED TO THE KENAI PENINSULA IN 1984, I heard it took an average of 40 hours to catch a Kenai king salmon.  That is assuming you do most things correctly while fishing for the monster-sized prize of the Kenai.

Harnessing Change

Sled dog care and mushing program leads children into the future [by Jayme Dittmar] People and dogs have coexisted and worked in unison for thousands of years across North America and Siberia. The oldest archeological evidence suggests that humans started using dogs as an integral part of their...

Casting Call

Actor Henry Winkler talks fly fishing [by Jim Dobson] AN ACCOMPLISHED SPORTSMAN WHO METICULOUSLY RECORDS THE MEASUREMENTS OF EVERY FISH HE HOOKS, actor Henry Winkler has learned that his seasonal fly fishing trips on American rivers, including in Alaska, are not just about catching trout. 

Chasing Autumn

Follow Alaska’s fall colors south to Lost Lake [by Mollie Foster] As spectacular as they are, it’s surprisingly easy to miss fall colors in Alaska. Once the leaves start changing hues, they only stay on the trees for two to three weeks, with peak foliage lasting only 48 hours in some areas.

THROWBACK: Novarupta Volcano – 100 Years Ago

The eruption that transformed Southwest Alaska [By Andromeda Romano-Lax] A hundred years ago, on a hot and windless June day along the Katmai coast, a strange snow began to fall. Rice-sized bits of pumice whitened Kaflia Bay, while to the west, darkness crept across the sky.

Sojourn to Seward

Calling all wildlife weekend warriors [by Michelle Theall] IF YOU WANT TO GET A QUINTESSENTIAL TASTE OF ALASKA, and you wan to check a few items off your bucket list in a single weekend, point your car down the Seward Highway, a nationally designated scenic byway, and get your camera ready. The...

Fall Rush

Experience Denali Park in autumn [By Julie Stricker] A crisp breeze ruffles the fur of a tawny grizzly as it grazes in a patch of blueberries only yards from a busload of people. They whisper excitedly as camera shutters whir, but the bear is intent on its meal and pays no attention.

Protect Izembek

As Bjorn Dihle wrote in “A Tale of Two Roads” [May 2018], the proposed road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge would, indeed, threaten migratory bird populations and set a dangerous precedent for wilderness areas across the nation. That’s too high a price for a project that is really...

Spruce, Not Cedar

[In the Prince of Wales article, May 2018], the 5,000-6,000-year-old basket referred to as cedar is actually spruce root. Dave Putnam discovered the Thorne River Basket while working for the Forest Service in the summer of 1994. He and I led the recovery effort and had the basket transported to the...