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Off the Beaten Path: 'Kayak Horizon'

...other waterfowl took flight. The occasional cormorant and loon drifted further from the shore. When the wind lulled, the sound of whales exhaling carried across the water. Near Skull Island, a quickly moving pod made me wonder if I was looking at killer...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-12-19/beaten-path-kayak-horizon
Outdoors
My Turn: Competing religions at Christmas

...life ... and thus without intending it ... afford means to the multiplication of the species." Tell me that doesn't sound like a force beyond our human world that's trying to guide our behavior. Look at what's happened to the cherished dollar...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-12-19/my-turn-competing-religions-christmas
Opinion
On the Trails: Trailside scrapbook

...setting: the Switzer Creek area has two old, abandoned beaver ponds up on the hillside, on tiny streams. The dams are still sound, which is why the ponds are still there. When they are not frozen, they provide foraging areas for dippers, which roam widely...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-12-19/trails-trailside-scrapbook
Outdoors
My Turn: Forested communities must be made whole

...Tongass National Forest and Southcentral's Chugach National Forest received $14.3 million from the SRS program. That may not sound like a lot, but Ketchikan received $1.2 million from the program, 47 percent of the district's total non-state and...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-12-19/my-turn-forested-communities-must-be-
Opinion
Pure Sole: Noooo Snoow

...pair of snowshoes have been broken on obnoxious rocks hiding under weak coverings of white.My spiky running tread thingies sound like finger nails on a chalkboard as I rip up and down Perseverance Trail.Morning ice patches on boardwalks to the cabins...

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2014-12-19/noooo-snoow
Sports
Despite high stakes, Seattle not hyping Az.

...a bruised lung on the final play of the first half Sunday and will likely miss this week baring a significant change."It sounds like it's a week or two unless we get a really good report. We're going to hope for the best and see how he does. He really...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-12-16/despite-high-stakes-seattle-not-hypin
Not For Web
Avalanche survivor says mountain gave warning sign

FAIRBANKS - Two friends heard warning sounds as they skied toward mountains in the eastern...Saturday, they heard "whomping," the sound of a layer of snow collapsing. They concluded...none of us expected."The first whomping sound they heard in the foothills Saturday was...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-10/avalanche-survivor-says-mountain-gave-w
State
State faces $3.5B deficit amid lower oil prices

...oil and gas industry on the North Slope and solid performance of state investments makes Alaska's overall financial health sound," she said.Alaska relies heavily on oil revenue to fund the operations of state government. It has ridden this wave before...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-11/state-faces-35b-deficit-amid-lower-oil-
State
Annual pigeon dung problem grows across Fairbanks

...maintenance worker for the Springhill Suites Marriot a few months ago tried chasing them off with a recording of predator birds. The sound could be heard from a couple of blocks away and drew complaints from hotel neighbors.Robert Franklin, a maintenance foreman...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-10/annual-pigeon-dung-problem-grows-across
State
Mastodons long gone from the north

...endured farther south until about 10,000 years ago. Researchers know this from bones found in the midwest and near Puget Sound.Mastodons differ from woolly mammoths - which hung around much longer in Alaska and Yukon - in their appearance and what they...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-12-12/mastodons-long-gone-north
Outdoors

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