Outdoors

Even hardcore hunters are more appreciative of the hunt than the actual take. In its natural form, the outdoors is an irresistible attraction. This attraction is what draws me, and others, to the zoo.  We can’t get out to experience the wild first hand so we take this questionable second choice. John Schandelmeier
The annual black bear harvest more than quadrupled after the Whittier Tunnel opened. In the 1990s, it was fewer than 200 a year. But by the mid-2000s, it was up to nearly 600 some years. Under such hunting pressure, the take of female bears really started climbing.Riley Woodford
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 refugeRick Sinnott

The 30th Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic was called off Saturday after a second day of poor conditions forced organizers to nix the annual race in the Hoodoo Mountains.

Tara Young
Anchorage-based Alaska Skylar Travel has made a deposit and reached a purchase agreement to buy the company that operates Mount Aurora Skiland off the Steese Highway near Cleary Summit, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.Associated Press
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