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    Garden Report: The art of bonsai at the Alaska State Fair

    by Rachael Penton on Aug 25, 17:13

    If you’ve ever been to the Alaska State Fair, then you’ve probably seen the exhibit a time or two. The Cook Inlet Bonsai Study Group has been displaying their bonsai trees at the fair for more than 20 years. Paul Marmora, a long time member of the group, has an extensive collection of his own. […]

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    Storm causing high seas, strong winds and possible flooding

    by Melissa Frey on Aug 21, 22:10

    Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected across Southcentral Alaska Sunday night through Tuesday as a storm system moves through. This storm first moved over the Bering Sea and across Western Alaska, where it delivered heavy rainfall from Bethel through the western Brooks Range where flood advisories are in effect for the western Brooks Range. Nine- […]

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    Garden Report: Growing a berry harvest in your backyard

    by Rachael Penton on Aug 18, 12:48

    Berry picking is a summer tradition in Alaska. From blueberries in Arctic Valley to salmonberries on the Kenai Peninsula, the native berries are bountiful in July and August. But did you know, there are actually a variety of berry bushes that you can grow in your garden here in Alaska? “What you can have up […]

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    NOAA: July was Earth’s hottest month in recorded history

    by KTVA / AP on Aug 17, 11:12

    More federal scientists have confirmed we just sweated through Earth’s hottest month on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculates that last month’s average global temperature was 62.01 degrees (16.67 degrees Celsius). That beats the old record set in July 2015 by a ninth of a degree and is 1.57 degrees above the 20th-century […]

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    Heavy rain continues across Southcentral Alaska

    by Melissa Frey on Aug 13, 11:55

    Storm after storm continues to ride the jet stream into Southcentral Alaska, bringing rain totals for the month to well above average. Rain has fallen on all but two of the first 12 days of the month at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The rain bucket is now sitting at over 3.30 inches of rain […]

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    Garden Report: Recreating mountain flora in ground level gardens

    by Rachael Penton on Aug 11, 13:16

    If you’ve ever been on a hike up one of Alaska’s many peaks, you’ve probably noticed the tiny colorful plants growing up there. These alpine plants — plants that grow above the tree line — come in shades of pinks, blues, and yellows. They thrive under the extreme cold, and often windy conditions at the […]

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    Garden Report: Alaska Botanical Garden building new space for niche plants

    by Rachael Penton on Aug 04, 11:27

    The Alaska Botanical Garden is a living museum. “Gardens, they are this mix of art and science. They’re an individual’s interpretation of their experience in the natural world,” says executive director Robin Dublin. One might consider the artifacts to be the 1,100 varieties of plants found within the 110-acre garden in East Anchorage. Dublin says […]

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    Study offers possible futures for polar bears in changing climate

    by Melissa Frey on Aug 03, 21:03

    Polar bears have been the poster animal for climate change for a long time, but recently, researchers were able to show what likely affects their survival most and what their fate could be, given different climate scenarios. The very environment that is hostile and severe to most creatures is the same environment that allows these […]

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    Barrow experiences first sunset since early May

    by Rachael Penton on Aug 01, 19:21

    Monday was the day that the sun finally went down in Barrow. For the first time since May 10, the sun dipped below the horizon, bringing an end to 83 consecutive days of 24-hour daylight. The sunset occurred at 2:19 a.m., with a sunrise happening just a few minutes later, at 2:49 a.m. The sun […]

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    Garden Report: Plants that pique curiosity

    by Rachael Penton on Jul 28, 15:15

    If you’re looking for a conversation starter, there are plenty of extraordinary plants to choose from. Some of them have strange names, shapes or even creepy characteristics. Take the Pothos for example. This plant is also known as “Devil’s Ivy” because it’s nearly impossible to kill. The bright green vines will add some color to your […]

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    Officials warn ‘imminent’ flooding may occur after steady rain along Matanuska River

    by KTVA 11 News on Jul 25, 6:14

    After three days of rainfall along the Matanuska River, emergency officials are preparing for “imminent” flooding. Portions of the bank began to show signs of breeching Sunday between the Maude Road Extension and Mile 15 and Mile 13 of the Old Glenn Highway, according to a release from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Department of Emergency Services. There is no […]

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    Garden Report: Gardener says going organic is better for you and the environment

    by Rachael Penton on Jul 21, 12:01

    “It’s how you grow, not what you grow, and we teach you how,” says Jason Main, owner of Fairtrade Organic Gardens in Anchorage. That’s just one of the many mottos of his all-organic gardening store. Main opened the store in 2009, after realizing  there was a need for a venue in Anchorage for gardeners to […]

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    Rain forecast for Thursday, Friday as wildfire smoke blows into Anchorage

    by Rachael Penton on Jul 21, 5:59

    Last Updated at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 A change in our weather pattern is underway, with much cloudier and cooler conditions — and rain — coming to southcentral Alaska Thursday and Friday. Light scattered rain across much of Anchorage Thursday morning gave way to dry overcast conditions by afternoon. Since the McHugh Creek […]

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    Meteorologists assist crews battling McHugh Creek Fire

    by Melissa Frey on Jul 20, 23:50

    A primary concern for getting the McHugh Creek Fire under control is the weather. Navigating the erratic winds, changing temperatures and humidity in the area requires a team effort, and part of that team includes the National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists specifically devoted to this fire. “We’re concerned both for safety of the residents, but […]

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    Garden Report: The man behind Anchorage’s home grown tomatoes

    by Rachael Penton on Jul 14, 11:58

    Mike Mosesian comes from a grape growing family. He studied viticulture and chemistry at University of California Davis, and says he didn’t know anything about growing tomatoes when he moved from California to Alaska in the early 70s and purchased Bell’s Nursery. One thing he did know, was that fresh fruits and vegetables in Alaska’s […]

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    Garden Report: Hardscapes are an essential part of any landscape

    by Rachael Penton on Jul 07, 8:33

    When you think of a garden, living things like flowers and trees probably come to mind. However, there are plenty of things that go in the garden, that aren’t living at all. Items like patios, water features, benches and decorative pots are all hardscape items and serve as the foundation to any landscape plan, with […]

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    Garden Report: Meet the man behind Anchorage’s curated exotic plant collection

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 30, 13:42

    Doug Tryck has a passion for collecting exotic plants. It’s a hobby he started when he was only seven years old, after collecting his first specimen: a white iris at what was at the time called Chester Creek Estuary. He says gardening runs in the family. His great grandmother and grandfather were both gardeners, and […]

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    This snow season will go down as one of the least snowiest on record

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 30, 12:37

    The end of June not only brings the long, midsummer days to Alaska, it also marks the official end of the snow season. The snow season runs from July 1 to June 30 each year. When the 2015-2016 snow season ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m., it will go down in the record books as the […]

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    Garden Report: Growing perennials in Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 23, 11:58

    Annuals are known for their bursts of color, but they only last for the season. Perennials are a long-term solution for gardens because they return to life every year. Some perennials — like ferns and hastas — are good for adding spots of green to your garden. Other perennials like roses, irises and lilacs have colorful […]

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    Alaska’s long days peak on summer solstice

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 20, 11:42

    Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year for most areas in the Northern Hemisphere. While most people celebrate the official start of the summer season all day long, the solstice is the actual moment in time when the sun’s rays pass directly over the Tropic of Cancer. In Alaska, that happens […]