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Forecasters: 'Winter is over'

It has been raining, it is raining, and it doesn't look likely to stop raining anytime soon. In other words, say National Weather Service forecasters, "winter is over.
Eaglecrest remains optimistic

Eaglecrest Ski Area has closed until it gets enough snow to open at least part of the upper mountain, and the forecast is calling mostly for rain. But Eaglecrest managers prefer to look on the snowy side.
Roadside geology: Connor's book time travels into the newly known

...Hearthside Books locations, Amazon, and Mountain Press Publishing's website.? Contact outdoors reporter Mary Catharine Martin at
When minutes matter

For about 25 years, Paul Coffey kept fire-resistant clothing in his pickup truck so he could be the first to arrive at Craig's burning buildings. When he got there, he'd check to make sure no one was trapped. He'd see where the nearest hydrants were. He'd figure out what equipment his fellow firefighters would need. By then, at least one of the fire engines would be en route, and he'd fill them in, over the radio, on what he knew.
Remembering Pat Roppel

Patricia Ann Roppel arrived in Ketchikan as a newlywed home economics teacher in 1959, the same year Alaska became a state - and she was quickly captivated by its history. Canneries, fishing, old mill sites, mining; for decades she, husband Frank Roppel, and, later, their children, John and Cindy, explored Southeast Alaska's beaches and its forests, looking for pieces of the past.The first historical place the couple found together, Frank said, was an old mining mill site.
Letter from the Editor of Capital City Weekly

...communities we claim to serve, one at a time. For many of these stories, your guide will be CCW staff writer Mary Catharine Martin, an Alaskan whose dual passion for two of Southeast's major strengths ? the outdoors and the arts ? make her...
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2015 Fireside lectures begin today

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Director John Neary kicks off the 2015 Fireside Lecture season today with a talk on the cross-Admiralty Island canoe route.
Where there's ice, there's (not so much) snow

...there's nothing better than natural ice. We just live for it," Saddler said. ? Contact Outdoors reporter Mary Catharine Martin at or at 523-2276.The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers...
A new format for Arts

...Richard Radford, Katie Spielberger and Geoff Kirsch, all of whom have appeared in both publications. ? Reporter Mary Catharine Martin will continue on as CCW staff writer, covering arts and outdoors features across Southeast. And you'll still see...
Review: 'Neither Mountain Nor River'

Whether trapping muskrat on a New England golf course, wandering the Arizona desert with his father, or counting sockeye in Yakutat, Mike Freeman looks for - and finds - the wonderful in the natural world. To read "Neither Mountain nor River: Fathers, Sons, and an Unsettled Faith" is to immerse yourself in a wide swath of America, and to appreciate its sometimes harsh beauty.


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