Outdoors

Travis Beals competing in the Willow 300. Photo courtesy of Julia Redington.

Travis Beals and Sarah Stokey Race into 2018

by Justine Pechuzal for Seward City News- Winter for Alaskan recreationalists is a special time for skiing, snow machining, ice skating, or, if you’re a serious dog musher, racing.  Travis Beals and Sarah Stokey of Seward’s Turning Heads Kennel are no exception.   Most recently, both mushers completed the Tustamena […]

All Kenai Refuge Open for Snowmachining

All Kenai Refuge Open for Snowmachining

Refuge Manager Andy Loranger today announced the opening of all areas of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge traditionally open to snowmachine use effective immediately. Areas always closed to snowmachine use include the Headquarters area on Ski Hill Road, Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area (except Hidden, Kelly, Petersen and Engineer lakes are […]

Tsunami Warning after Magnitude 8.0 Earthquake shakes up Alaska

At 12:31AM this morning, an 8.0 earthquake centered 175 miles Southeast of Kodiak, shook up South Central Alaska. More information and a map can be found at the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center here: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us2000cmy3#executive   Tsunami Warning A tsunami Warning is now in effect which includes the coastal areas of British […]

An American dipper on the Sanctuary River in Denali National Park. Photo by Ned Rozell.

Dippers Swim Alaska Rivers Throughout Winter

by Ned Rozell- On the upper Chena River in the heart of a cold winter, a songbird appeared on a gravel bar next to gurgling water that somehow remained unfrozen in 20-below zero air. Then the bird jumped in, disappeared underwater, and popped up a few feet upstream. The bird […]

Porcupine Caribou Herd Grows to Record High Numbers

Porcupine Caribou Herd Grows to Record High Numbers

(Fairbanks) — A July 2017 photocensus shows the Porcupine caribou herd has grown to an estimated 218,000 animals, a record high since population monitoring of the herd first began in the 1970s. “Caribou were aggregated well for the survey and we accounted for all of the radiocollared animals in the […]

The most remote places in Alaska. Map by Dorte Dissing.

The Most Remote Place in the U.S.

by Ned Rozell- Richard Forman, a Harvard professor of landscape ecology, once visited a mangrove swamp in the Florida Everglades that he described as the most remote place in the eastern U.S. The swamp was 17 miles from any road. What’s the most remote spot in Alaska? Dorte Dissing once […]

A snowmachiner in Thompson Pass measures snow depth with an avalanche probe. Photo by Gabe Wolken.

Skiers, Snowmachiners Help Improve Snow Models

by Ned Rozell- Snow falling silently on Alaska’s mountains will in a few months transform into a medium for migrating salmon, and so much more. “That snowflake that falls on the mountain now is water that flows in streams and rivers late in summer,” said Gabe Wolken, a glaciologist who […]