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Alaska Science Forum: Bonsai trees tell of winters long past

By Ned Rozell A GREEN PLATEAU NORTH OF LITUYA BAY — “These are museum-class bonsais,” Ben Gaglioti says as we walk through an elfin forest. Gaglioti, a University of Alaska Fairbanks ecologist, has led...

I Went to the Woods: The cabin life

By Jeff Lund For the Juneau Empire Over my first year of marriage, I’ve learned that gestures between spouses should be loving, thoughtful and, most importantly, fitting for the couple. I had previously seen,...

Watching red-winged blackbirds

By Mary F. Willson For the Juneau Empire Red-wings are found all over North America, barring the very far north and some patches of unlivable habitat. They are here in Juneau, too; two...

Rugged science on the Southeast coast

By Ned Rozell OVER THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN — To the woman wearing earbuds and sitting next to me in seat 7E: I’m sorry; I did not get to shower before boarding the plane...

Alaska Science Forum: Scientist’s memoir is revealing and brave

By Ned Rozell In her recently published memoir, Katey Walter Anthony writes that a certain type of northern lake is a lot like herself. “A thermokarst lake is born to promote itself at all...

I Went to the Woods: At the speed of sound

By Jeff Lund The guy in the camo hat has impressively moved from hunting turkey on a ranch on which he has private access, to elk hunting, without providing the guy with the...

Alaska Science Forum: The worst fire year we can remember

By Ned Rozell In a gorgeous warm May this year, we have not yet sniffed the bitter scent of flaming spruce. When we do, some of us will think back to a year that...

I Went to the Woods: Silent steel

Sometimes I wish I didn’t know. Before I did, it was just the river and they were just salmon. How many days, hours or experience didn’t matter. Plans were based on a whim and...

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