Nature & Outdoors

Eaglecrest Ski Area successfully lands soft opening

Eaglecrest Ski Area officially opened chairlifts to skiers and boarders alike on Saturday and while only the Porcupine Chair with easier Muskeg and Dolly Varden runs was available, that didn’t stop crowds from making...

On the Trails: The sense of touch

Touch is a mechanical sense, detecting physical stimuli such as pressure, texture, stretch, vibrations and flow. Touch receptors come in a variety of forms — special cells, often housed in bumps or pits, or...

Alaska Science Forum: Alan Alda and the Alaska messengers

Alan Alda, the actor and host of PBS television’s “Scientific American Frontiers,” recently traveled to Alaska on a mission to interview scientists about the changing North. Alda and the show’s crew gathered footage and...

I Went to the Woods: Tireless thankfulness

One should never tire of writing columns about gratitude. I hope I never do. But gratitude isn’t easy to express. How do you put a mom into words? Precious good memories of a dad?...

Trail Mix Inc. dinner & auction returns in-person

Trail Mix Inc. is gearing up for its annual fundraiser, and executive director Ryan O’Shaughnessy said he’s looking forward to being able to host the event back in person. “We were online for the...

I Went to the Woods: Really skilled or really lucky

We entered the muskeg peppered with small cedar trees and lousy with salal. I know devil’s club probably has the worst reputation for being viciously annoying, but patches of unreasonably noisy salal might be...

750 miles per day for 11 days, no rest

Scientist Jesse Conklin holds a Bar-Tailed Godwit chick not far from Nome. This was about a month before the bird embarked on an 8,425-mile nonstop flight to Tasmania that took 11 days without...

Alaska Science Forum: 750 miles per day for 11 days, no rest

A bird the size of your fist has made humans all over the world marvel at the things we can’t do. Like fly. For 11 days straight, from Alaska to Tasmania, your toes not...

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