Twenty feet of snow on Valdez Glacier

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After a winter of outstanding snow conditions, three scientists drove snowmachines up Valdez Glacier this spring, curious to see how far they could get. At about 5,500 feet above the salt water of Port Valdez, their machines rested on about 20 feet of snow that had fallen there during the winter. Read more.

Photo Gallery: Washing an Eagle

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Handy Alaskan hint #1097: next time you go to give your eagle a bath, have a couple of stress balls handy. They make great talon defusers. The Bird Treatment and Learning Center is a nonprofit dedicated to rehabilitating sick, injured or orphaned wild birds and providing avian education programs to the public. Click for more bird bath photos.

Kastle’s Kreations Award-Winning Cupcake Recipe

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Kastles Creations Cupcakes Eagle River's Kastle's Kreations, purveyor of quality cupcakes, recently won big on TV's Cupcake Wars with their Lemon Rosemary Smoked Salmon cupcake. Here is the recipe, direct from Kastle's Kreations - in case you're adventurous enough to try it yourself! See the recipe.

Silver Salmon For Lovers

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salmon-for-lovers-1 The pleasant tanginess of homemade crème fraîche, lemon and leeks harmonize with the buttery richness of wild caught Alaskan Coho salmon presented on a bed of homemade egg noodles. Light candles, play soft music, pop a cork and serve. See the recipe.

Plowing through Wind and Rain to see Fall Art

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The first weekend in December was the American Bankruptcy Institute’s conference in Palm Springs and Dave’s turn to find an excuse for us to travel. But before driving through California’s desert, we flew into San Francisco to view Pissarro’s People. Pissarro is considered a father-figure to Impressionists as he empathized with those who wished to take their easels and palettes outdoors observing the sublime of nature - wind, rain and changing light patterns. Read more.

Mexican Pizza Alaska Style

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Growing up in Fairbanks as a kid in the 80s, we didn’t exactly have access to the freshest ingredients or have the most diverse array of restaurants. Despite that, my parents did their best to expose us kids to a broad spectrum of cuisines. Or rather, their idea of a broad spectrum. Read more.

Springtime Art in New York City Comes in all Shapes

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Art blockbusters don’t jump out in New York City the way they did several decades ago. That’s not all bad, as smaller venues don’t sport long lines.  In spite of a blustery mid-April week, husband Dave and I found good hunting, discovering a variety of art spaces. We also caught an ‘off-off’ and a ‘Times Square’ Broadway show and found a new place for dinner. So hop on public transportation with us as we explore springtime art in Gotham. Read more

Conference of Young Alaskans

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The Conference of Young Alaskans will draw delegates from across the state to consider the challenges facing Alaska and her people. Together, delegates will develop an overall vision statement, goals and proposed courses of action in five issue areas. Click for streaming video.

Forty-Four Years of Keeping Anchorage Clean

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As the temperatures begin to rise and the record snowfall continues to melt, miles of trash is unveiling along streets and roadways of the Municipality of Anchorage. For the 44th year, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce will engage local businesses, school youth and community members during Anchorage Chamber Citywide Cleanup Week, held May 12 to 19. Learn more.

Art Comes as a Refuge for June’s End of School Puzzles

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John Singer Sargent - In a Levantine Port (1906) The Brooklyn Museum of Art is a short subway ride from Midtown and although it competes with Manhattan’s museum trifecta: Metropolitan, Guggenheim, and MoMA, lately it’s been packing a mean punch. John Singer Sargent could paint anything, as noted in his seafaring compositions where canvas sails soften wooden boats which lap up reflections from the water. Read more.

Nature Lesson

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It’s 6:33 a.m. Most of Anchorage is on its way to work. I’m on my second cup of coffee. Three moose lie sleeping in my front yard. The cow and one of the calves awaken now, their heads raised, ears alert to something at the end of the street. The other calf is laid out flat on his side. It’s the most Zen moose I’ve ever seen. Read more

Alaska Surfing Video Series

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We surf all over Alaska. And, the real story is the incredible Alaskan coastline with its immense wilderness areas and awe inspiring weather. The video series will show what it's like to venture out into this incredible scenery at times when the weather is not necessarily hospitable. Read more.

2013 Aurora Highlights Short

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Here's a highlight reel of my best aurora nights in 2013, including THE best St. Patrick's Day aurora display. That was an epic night in Alaska with an EPIC FLIGHT to the stars! 2014 has great potential. We are still in the peak phase of the solar cycle and on any given night, predicted or not predicted, there can be a light show that will set you free.