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The end of 2011 will mark my first full year as the new manager of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Since this is my second tenure at the Refuge, the first as a wildlife biologist from 1988 to 1992, many of you have asked how things have changed over the last 20 or so years....

Fri, 12/30/2011 - 1:29pm

A hearty halibut chowder makes a great meal for a cold winter day. I’ve been using the recipe below for years, and never tire of making or eating it....

Fri, 12/30/2011 - 1:21pm

While growing up near Washington’s Puget Sound, I ate many a Crab Louie. Sometimes called Crab Louis, this fancy salad is usually made with Dungeness crab. Originating on the West Coast in the early 1900s, it’s also known as “King of Salads.” In my family making Crab Louies was usually a do-...

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 1:47pm

Over Thanksgiving, I went to a family reunion in Hawaii, where I grew up. While body surfing at Makapu'u on Oahu, I marveled that the beach seemingly hadn't changed since I first started playing there 50 or so years ago. However, my nephew corrected me by pointing out the small fragments of colored ...

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 2:51pm

On the TV series "Alaska State Troopers," a young man with a concealed pistol was arrested and charged with misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree. When the Trooper handcuffed this man, he seemed surprised. So was I. After all, it's legal to carry a concealed weapon in Alaska. You don't n...

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 2:44pm

For college students to apply for summer jobs at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Are you a college student ready to work hard outdoors, don't mind getting your hands dirty and looking for work this summer? The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has a few challenging, yet rewarding, job opportunities for ...

Fri, 12/09/2011 - 1:18pm

Ever since Nov. 25, when I suggested in this column that nonresidents ought have limits for how many salmon they can take Outside, the howling has been loud and mournful. My idea was to use British Columbia's definition of "possession limit": "the number of fish of any species that an angler may hav...

Fri, 12/09/2011 - 1:08pm

Beginning Dec. 1, reservations for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge cabins can be made on-line at www.recreation.gov or by phone at 1-877-444-6777. Since our cabin reservation program began in 2005, users have overwhelmi...

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 1:14pm

The first time I heard the term "salmon poisoning," I thought it meant salmon were being poisoned. It turned out to be the infections fishermen get when they have an open wound and handle fish. The next time I ran across salmon poisoning was when a dog died after eating raw salmon. Someone told me w...

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 1:07pm

It's only a matter of time until Alaska further limits the number of fish non-residents can take home. A proposal the Alaska Board of Fisheries will consider early in 2012 would do just that. Proposal 249, submitted by the Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, would establish annua...

Fri, 11/25/2011 - 1:15pm

When the spruce bark beetle outbreak hit Homer in the mid-1990s, I spent my weekends felling trees, cutting firewood and burning slash. My wife and I lived in a thick old-growth Sitka spruce forest, with no view of Kachemak Bay and hidden from the road. As the trees came down, our land became what r...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 1:37pm

Dale Bakk has been too busy shoveling snow, plowing and cutting up fallen trees to enjoy winter just yet. But that doesn't mean he hasn't been looking longingly at his set of cross-country skis, anticipating the feel of winter's bounty under his feet. "They are already out and they are waxed and rea...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 1:29pm

Having spent five weeks in Bellingham, Washington, I'm realizing that it's a little different from the central Kenai Peninsula, where I've lived year-round since 1978. Bellingham is blessed with an average annual rainfall of about 35 inches; Kenai, about 19. On that subject, Bellingham has the dubio...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 1:19pm

Are you reading this article at your dining room table? A booth at a local restaurant? Your desk? Wherever you might be, pause, take one moment, if you will, to look out a window. Spend enough time to shift that look from a glance to a gaze and really see what is outside. Do you see any wildlife? Wh...

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:45pm

When Dorothy Alder was eight months pregnant her snowmachine broke down in the backcountry of the St. Elias Mountains. She was alone and without snowshoes. The trek through deep snow was made worse by the extra weight she was carrying. "Moral of the story: you never know when you're going to be stuc...

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:31pm

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