Outdoors

The fee-free days this weekend apply to all national parks, historic sites and other locations managed by the park service.Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times
An Alaska Volcano Observatory webcam picked up what appeared to be a large brown bear inspecting some monitoring equipment on Thursday.Alaska Dispatch News
Winter activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are fading in Denali National Park. But more animals – including Dall sheep, moose, caribou, coyote, lynx and golden eagles – have been spotted.Alaska Dispatch News
Norilsk Nickel is pumping vast amounts of sulfur dioxide into the air, but it is also making big money for its wealthy CEO and other shareholders.Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer

Since the late 1980s, the State of Alaska has acquired six once-private parcels in and adjacent to the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through purchases and donations. Several additional parcels were gained in trades with the Mat-Su Borough. A bill winding its way through the legislature seeks to add these parcels, totaling 3,000 acres, to the refuge.

Rick Sinnott
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