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On the Trails: Eating lichens

...the trail, there was a noticeable browse line in the arboreal lichens (witches' hair or Alectoria) hanging from the tree branches, and underneath there was a multitude of deer tracks. All the Alectoria lichens below a certain height, within reach of...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-01-30/trails-eating-lichens
Outdoors
A big night in the arts

...Colberg, Campus Director, University of Alaska Mat-Su College, PalmerDr. Talis Colberg is director of Mat-Su College, a branch of the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he teaches Eastern and Western Civilization.In November, Colberg helped set...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-01-28/big-night-arts
Art
My Turn: Transparency for Juneau Access

Gov. Bill Walker so far has delivered on a campaign promise to bring transparency back to the executive branch. It's refreshing after experiencing three Alaska governors who preferred keeping the public in the dark. That's exactly how...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-01-23/my-turn-transparency-juneau-access
Opinion
Photo: Holding onto winter

Iced-over snow is cupped in tree branches along Twin Lakes park on Friday in Juneau.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-11/photo-holding-winter
Local
Northrim Bank raises nearly $10,000 for United Way

...Northrim Bank's 24th anniversary on Dec. 24, President and CEO Joe Beedle announced that Northrim and its employees at branches across Southeast Alaska contributed over $9,500 to United Way of Southeast Alaska during the 2014 giving campaign. Employees...

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2015-01-11/northrim-bank-raises-nearly-10000-u
Neighbors
On the Trails: Findings on the North Douglas rainforest trail

...so some parts of the trunk get more nourishment than others and therefore grow better. Several factors, such as root or branch damage, have been shown to have temporary effects on lateral transfer of nutrients, but damaged trees can overcome the effects...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-01-23/trails-findings-north-douglas-rainfo
Outdoors
Southeast socked by soggy storm; more rain expected

...said at 4 p.m.Wind gusts accompanied the rain, but Alaska Electric Light and Power reported no outages and only one tree branch in a power line. Debbie Driscoll, director of consumer affairs for AEL&P, said the power company's hydroelectric reservoirs...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-22/southeast-socked-soggy-storm-more-rain-
Local
Donors add to new library, one brick at a time

...according to figures released by the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries. And of the 334,400 visits to Juneau's three branches, more than half were Valley library visits."Barr said library employees are hoping to start moving books into the new library...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-12/donors-add-new-library-one-brick-time
Local
Pure Sole: Air drums

...cartoon gyrations in which increased foot turnover actually propelled me back and to the side.After much tangling among the branches and grass showing along the trailside, I finally managed to obtain the broken bridge at the end of the trail.With the Foo...

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2015-01-18/air-drums
Sports
Walker holds first cabinet meeting

...page states. "It was a very productive meeting. We look forward to more like it."The cabinet is made up of 14 executive branch department commissioners and other advisors and works with the governor on his projects at the highest level.Walker spokeswoman...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-15/walker-holds-first-cabinet-meeting
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