Outdoors

The new research provides evidence that is not only consistent with — but also strengthens — the growing body of research on the benefits of nature exposure. Granted, brain scan research can be controversial – and conditions like depression seldom have a single, simple cause. 

Chris Mooney
As the sun stays out, I feel that familiar pit in my stomach by mid-morning. I’m inside and I’m missing Southcentral Alaska's final beautiful day of summer. Alli Harvey
A burn ban was lifted Tuesday in many parts of Alaska but remains in place in Anchorage and Western Alaska, the Division of Forestry announced. Laurel Andrews,Zaz Hollander
A pair of Pacific loons returned to Connors Lake and laid two eggs this year, as has happened nearly every year for more than a decade. Alaska Dispatch News
Five-mile trails can deliver spectacular view of Eagle, Symphony lakes -- or a gorgeous unnamed tarn that sits at the bottom of a large secluded amphitheater.Matt Tunseth
The mammoth brown bears were killed over black bear bait stations near Clam Gulch, and they may be among the largest ever taken on the Kenai Peninsula.Beth Bragg
The grind up Mount Marathon and the harrowing descent that follows in the annual Independence Day race on the 3,022-foot peak overlooking Seward is fraught with pitfalls.Alaska Dispatch News
The seminar began after the deadly 2012 event raised questions about race safety. Matt Tunseth
Sixteen employees at the McGrath forward-operating base are being laid off July 1. The state defends the budget cuts as necessary, but Alaska forestry director Chris Maisch acknowledges that the situation is “not ideal.” Laurel Andrews
Concerns over continuing effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound inspired biologists from the U.S. Forest Service to monitor black oystercatcher nesting populations. Danielle Rupp | The Cordova Times