“In Europe and Scandinavia, the unofficial rule is one-cast, one-step. This keeps people moving and eventually everyone gets to fish the hotspot pool,” Habermann said.

Joseph Robertia
Northern lights were a deciding factor when I moved to Alaska. My friends had helped me get into hiking and I wanted to do more of that, but most of all I wanted to be somewhere so extreme in the world that I could see the aurora.Alli Harvey
Heavy, cold rain pours in the Alaska Range, and the feel of snow is in the air. Sled dogs have had their first meals of pink salmon and seem ready to run for another winter.John Schandelmeier
The Twin Peaks Trail furnishes spectacular views of Eklutna Lake, and the prospect of a post-hike ice cream cone fuels motivation.Doyle Woody
Becoming an Outdoors Woman was created to build skills in shooting and hunting, fishing and other outdoors endeavors in a non-competitive setting. The program is now offered in 39 states and six Canadian provinces. Some 4,000 Alaska women have graduated since the program began in 1995. Tara Young
The National Park Service is celebrating its 99th birthday Aug. 25 by waiving entrance fees at all national parks, including those in Alaska.Alaska Dispatch News
Two boaters missing near the mouth of the Kuskokwim River in Southwest Alaska have been found uninjured, troopers said.Sean Doogan
Crowding, garbage and careless behavior around a popular Southeast Alaska bear-viewing site have some tourists vowing never to return -- and some locals vowing to seek improvements.Tom Morphet | Chilkat Valley News
Pilots for the four Talkeetna companies allowed to land on glaciers in Denali National Park stay safe by sharing up-to-the-minute weather information.Colleen Mondor
It would have been a shame to allow my fears to cause me to pass up a visit to one of the crown jewels of Alaska wilderness, the largest state park in the country. It’s difficult and expensive enough to escape the city, and sometimes such opportunities never return.Clark Fair