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Tracing old ski tracks in Spaulding Meadows
web-posted Friday, March 25, 2011
It’s doubtful this trail will be marked on any map. Perhaps, it’s been mentioned in a guidebook, a journal entry, or blog post. It’s more likely, however, that through the years word-of-mouth passed along its whereabouts and users set tracks each winter for others to follow.
Cold feet, warm bird
web-posted Friday, March 25, 2011
I snuck along the creek-side, examining the snow for any telltale signs of wildlife. I spotted some depressions in the snow along the banks. The tracks created curlicues across the white, circling a stick here, meandering to a rock there. Looking closer, the snow revealed the three front toes and single back toe of a large bird, each track about as long as my index finger — a raven’s trail. I pictured the bird stepping through the snow and marveled that it was walking barefoot, while I relied on my insulated Xtratufs. Why didn’t it get frostbite?
Pines show alluring diversity, can thrive in unlikely sites
web-posted Friday, March 25, 2011
On a recent hike, I spotted a tall pine tree with just one living, vigorous branch, which was served by a narrow strip of bark winding up the otherwise naked trunk. Refusing to die, so to speak, although perhaps no longer able to reproduce. That tree prompted me to think about our local pine trees — but first, let’s put them in a broader context.
Wild shots
web-posted Friday, March 25, 2011
The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via e-mail to: abby.lowell@juneauempire.com. For all photos include the name of the photographer, a description of what is shown in the picture, when it was taken and any other pertinent information. Images will run as space allows.
web-posted Friday, March 25, 2011
JUNEAU — The Juneau Gun Club is holding a Registered Trap Shoot from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at the Juneau Gun Club’s shooting range.
web-posted Friday, March 25, 2011
JUNEAU — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the non-pelagic rockfish bag, possession and the mandatory retention for the sport fishery during 2011 in the Southeast Outside Waters and Southeast Inside Waters. Nonresident angler annual limits of yelloweye rockfish have also been established for the 2011 season. The following regulations became effective on March 16:
web-posted Friday, March 25, 2011
JUNEAU — ORCA Ski and Snowboard and Books-2-Board programs are co-hosting The Spring Spectacular at Eaglecrest Ski Area from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.
web-posted Friday, March 25, 2011
JUNEAU — The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center is holding its first annual Salmon Creek 5K Fun Run/Walk and 1 mile kids run at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 2.
Annual Side-by-Side Fun Shoot results
web-posted Friday, March 25, 2011
On Sunday, a members and public day at the Juneau Gun Club, 13 individuals participated in a First annual Side-by-Side (double-barrel shotgun) fun shoot. It was a beautiful, sun-rich, early spring Juneau day with temperatures reaching in the mid 50s.
web-posted Friday, March 25, 2011
Eaglecrest reportas of March 24:• New snow (24 hours):
web-posted Friday, March 25, 2011
5:38 a.m. 16.3 H
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