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4th of July in Seward: It hardly gets any better

Having grown up in the seaport city of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula, the 4th of July celebration in that community is close to my heart.

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The March of the Dandelions!

Though dandelions have been around a lot longer than me, their reach in southcentral Alaska has expanded dramatically during my lifetime.

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You Can Never Go Home Again, Or Can You?

I have returned to my home many times over the years to rediscover the subtle magic I knew as a child. That place is the town of Seward.

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Gradual trails offer an Rx for troublesome knees

I find low-angled trails that would still take me into the mountains. Here are some relatively easy trails for summer and fall hiking.

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Time for the toilsome trash tirade

This year’s Citywide cleanup is April 27 to May 4, and I strongly urge everyone to get out and clean anywhere you see garbage.

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Winter’s resurrection: What a difference five days make!

According to NWS records dating back 65 years for the Anchorage area, only 13 snowfalls greater than eight inches are recorded for April.

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Mining Ruins Tell Us a lot About Alaska’s Early Pioneers

If you’ve hiked in our state’s backcountry you’ve probably found the ruins; decaying artifacts from Alaska’s golden age of mining.

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Low water on Eagle River lends itself to gravel bar hiking

The sun was bright and the air warm April 14 of this year as we hiked the three miles from the Eagle River Nature to Echo Bend.

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Hemisphere Hopping for Year-Round Summer

On an assignment in Argentina for the oil and gas company, BP, several years ago, we included the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.

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Caribou Creek: Third Time’s the Charm to Reaching Canyon Icefall

Brent Voorhees and I were pleased to find a recently made snowmachine trail as we skied north on Caribou Creek.

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Eklutna Lake by Foot, Skis, Bike, Skates or Snowmachine

Conditions on Eklutna Lake during the first two weeks of February had been perfect for skiing, skating, biking, hiking and snow machining.

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We northerners live in a wondrous world of ice

Our world of ice is beautiful. I can remember as a child in Seward staring at the colorful prism created by sunlight striking ice sickles.

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My Faith in Humanity

Violence, greed, corruption, and oppression of people seem unending, but I now have a robust and enduring faith in humanity.

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Alaska Women in the Mountains

What follows are female mountaineers, primarily Alaskans, who have and are continuing to make extraordinary achievements in the mountains.

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Hike on Hope Point Trail Offers a Respite from the Political Season

I’ve always loved the quietness of Hope, which I can guess is the exact opposite of what it was like back in the early 1900s

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