Making memories and Holiday traditions are what this time of year is all about

December 8, 2014

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Mine is watching “The Empire Strikes Back.” What? Of course it’s a Christmas movie! Let’s be honest, this sci-fi movie classic has fueled childhood Christmas…

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Cold Comfort: No such thing as getting warm fast in the middle of winter

December 7, 2014
Making your off-grid home warm again after being away takes a brave heart and heavy layers. Courtesy Mahalie Stackpole /

It is a welcome break to go Outside for a few weeks in winter, but when we return to the ice-cold cabin, we work with nearly military efficiency to get…

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Be abominable: Ride hard

December 6, 2014

Only in Alaska do we come up with such creative events as the Abominable Snow Series. It’s not that fat tire racing is unpopular elsewhere – it’s just that Chain…

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December Activites to get you out of the house

December 5, 2014
Melissa DeVaughn

      Dec. 5 Astronomy Series 7 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center The Astronomy series meets on the first Friday evening of each month through March. An astronomer presents…

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Birders unite for annual Christmas Bird Count

December 5, 2014
A female pine grosbeak feeds on colorful mountain ash berries in the Government Hill area of Anchorage. Doug Lindstrand/alaskastock

Alaska’s winged winter residents are to be admired. No matter how cold the temperature, no matter how fierce the snowstorm, these tough birds stick it out. They perch on snow-crusted…

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