Outdoors

Avid aurora chaser and photographer Ronn Murray proclaimed March 1 "one of the best nights of aurora this winter," and for good reason. This time-lapse of the northern lights was captured from a hill 45 minutes away from Fairbanks.

Tara Young
OPINION: Labs are one of the most common working breeds. Alaska labradors have only a short waterfowl season. However, they can get out for grouse all winter. A low snow year like this one is good for working breeds. They are not limited by a heavy snow pack and can still work in the woods.John Schandelmeier
OPINION: With a little imagination and the right attitude, Alaskans can pretend it's spring even in early March. The Bird-to-Gird trail is virtually ice- and snow-free, and a Homer beach walk can be inviting this time of year.Alli Harvey
John Lackey of Anchorage rolled into McGrath on Tuesday morning to win the first stage of the Iditarod Trail Invitational human-powered race in 1 day, 18 hours and 32 minutes -- about eight hours faster than any dog team has made the trip. Craig Medred
Cyclist Andrew Kulmatiski was blazing along the historic Iditarod Trail at a pace that may bring him within reach of musher Aliy Zirkle's time of 2 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes to McGrath. Craig Medred
A Fox News list labels Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve as America's second-worst national park. But it gets a few details about the wilderness park wrong.Craig Medred
Alaska State Troopers say a 28-year-old Italian man vacationing in Alaska was crushed by ice falling from Lake George Glacier Sunday after a day of heli-skiing.Alaska Dispatch News
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