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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 […]

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    Garden Report: Yes, you can grow tropical fruit in Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 16, 11:24

    Alaska is known for its cold temperatures, but it’s possible to bring a piece of the tropics to your Alaska home year-round. Tropical fruit plants, like pineapple and lemon, can be grown outside during the summer months. They thrive at temperatures between 55 and 85 degrees. However, they need to stay in pots so that […]

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    Garden Report: How to combat common garden pests

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 09, 13:05

    After a lot of hard work on your garden and yard, why let pests ruin its spectacular look? Garden pests can come in the form of weeds or bugs. Two of those found in Southcentral Alaska are bird vetch and spruce bark beetles, according to the UAF Cooperative Extension Service office in Anchorage. Bird Vetch […]

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    Alaska’s North Slope gets snow, while Southcentral, Southeast bask in warmth

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 09, 12:09

    It may be June, but that doesn’t mean the entire state of Alaska is basking in the sunshine and endless sunlight. A weather system is dropping fresh snow on the North Slope. A winter storm watch is in effect for areas north of the Brooks Range and east of the Dalton Highway. Locations from Wainwright […]

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    Alaska experiences record high spring temperatures

    by Associated Press on Jun 08, 11:40

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – No one calls springtime in Alaska balmy but the state this year saw record high spring temperatures. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Alaska for the first time in its modern climate record averaged 32 degrees for March through May. That surpassed by 2 degrees the previous record set in […]

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    Record rainfall recorded in Anchorage

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 07, 8:04

    Anchorage saw record setting rainfall Monday. At Ted Stevens International Airport, a record of 1.03 inches of rain was recorded. The amount surpassed the old daily rainfall record of 0.73 inches, which was recorded June 6, 1988. It was also the most significant rainfall amount the Anchorage area has seen since Sept. 8, 2015. Monday’s rainfall was also […]

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    Heavy rain leads to flood advisory for Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 06, 12:26

    The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Chester Creek, Campbell Creek and Ship Creek. The advisory is in effect until 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. One road was briefly closed due to rising water: Turnagain Boulevard between Spenard Road and Borland Drive was closed after a nearby creek […]

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    Anchorage Fire Department issues fire danger alert ahead of holiday weekend

    by KTVA 11 News on May 27, 7:35

    Updated at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 27 Officials are warning campers and those looking to enjoy the holiday weekend outdoors to play it safe, and forget the fire. The Anchorage Fire Department issued a high fire danger alert for the Memorial Day weekend, citing continued warm and dry weather. A complete burn ban has […]

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    Garden Report: Memorial Day planting leads to Labor Day harvest

    by Rachael Penton on May 26, 10:54

    Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the outside planting season in Southcentral Alaska. The growing season is short, so there’s no time to waste when it comes to getting your summer vegetable gardens started. Darryl Leiser of Dimond Greenhouse in Anchorage says that cold climate plants like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and […]

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    Garden Report: No soil needed to grow air plants

    by Rachael Penton on May 19, 11:16

    It sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. You can grow a garden of your own that will leave your hands sparkling clean. The Tillandsia, better known as the air plant, is a rootless plant that doesn’t need dirt to grow. They extract all the nutrients they need from air and water. These plants are […]

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    Fairbanks breaks 101-year-old high temperature record

    by Associated Press on May 16, 6:29

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – The city of Fairbanks set new record high temperatures over the weekend, including one record set more than 100 years ago. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1TR9SEI ) that the temperature recorded Saturday at Fairbanks International Airport was 82 degrees, or 2 degrees warmer than the previous record set on that […]

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    Ice jams lead to disaster declarations, flood warning for northwest Alaska village

    by Melissa Frey on May 12, 17:44

    A community in northwest Alaska is on high alert, preparing for a possible evacuation. A Flood Warning is in effect for Deering until 3:45 p.m. Friday afternoon. Two disaster declarations have been issued as a result of the flooding, one by the Village of Deering and another by the Northwest Arctic Borough. The declarations free […]