Backcountry boom

February 5, 2015
Dana Drummond skiing Carpathian Peak in the Kenai Mountains. Joe Stock

Skiing the urban wilds requires some ethics, know-how In the 1990s, the backcountry ski slopes around southcentral Alaska were quiet. Only a few dedicated pinheads skied the area’s road-accessible powder.…

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Powdered perfection

February 4, 2015
The saltwater pool at Alyeska is a relaxing destination après ski. Ken Graham

Who needs an out-of-state vacation when Alyeska beckons? Winter is in full swing at Alyeska Resort, and the skiing and riding has been fantastic. After every snowstorm, the dedicated crew…

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Feburary Calendar

February 2, 2015

Feb. 1 Miniature Birch Baskets craft program 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center Learn how to sew small baskets or canoes – all materials provided. Limited to 10 adults registered…

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Vacation blues; Make the most of February with a getaway, near or far

February 2, 2015
Dreaming of warm, faraway places this time of year? You’re not alone. This month, we share some of our favorite wintertime getaways. MELISSA DEVAUGHN

Usually at about this time of year, I’m tallying up my airline miles, ready to trade in the dead of winter for warmer weather, dark days for sunny skies and…

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Frozen friends

January 27, 2015

Raising ducks in winter requires … flexibility BY LAURA EMERSON For several years, we have raised chickens and enjoyed their company, eggs and insect eradication. Last winter, my husband suddenly…

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