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In this May Alaska Travel News Bulletin you will find:
1. Bear-viewing boardwalk to open at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Located 49 miles south of Anchorage, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is gearing up for two major updates to its facility this summer. The first phase of the Bear Education Awareness Research Sanctuary (BEARS), consisting of a boardwalk spanning the 17-acre black and brown bear enclosures, is expected to open to the general public by Sunday, May 12. The BEARS boardwalk allows for guests to safely view more bear activity in the enclosures at the wildlife center. Additionally, a new housing structure is near completion and will house up to 10 interns in the upstairs portion of the building, with the bottom floor acting as a shelter for animals against natural elements. This unique structure allows for increased educational opportunities for interns during their time at the center.
Media Contact:
Mike Miller, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Phone: 907-301-7942
Facebook: akwildlife


2. New mine tour explores Alaska’s gold rush history
Visitors can delve into the rich gold rush history of Southcentral Alaska on Gold Mine Safari Tours’ new three-hour excursion based out of Girdwood, including two different mine tours. Guests depart on six-wheeled trucks called Pinzgauers and make their way along part of the historic Iditarod Trail route to Crow Creek Mine, a national historic site. Established in 1896, the mine was one of the largest gold mines in the region, producing approximately 700 ounces per month during peak production. Passengers disembark at the mine for a walking tour, exploring the surrounding 100-year-old buildings before departing via Pinzgauers to a nearby active gold mine exclusively available to Gold Mine Safari Tours guests. Here they can try their luck at panning for gold, view area wildlife and learn more about gold mining history in the region.
Media Contact:
Chris Roberts, Gold Mine Safari Tours
Phone: 907-783-5566

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Twitter: @AlaskaTravlNews


3. Heli-fish at Tsaina Lodge
The newly built 24-room Tsaina Lodge has announced its inaugural heli-fishing and Alaska adventure packages for July and August. Located on Thompson Pass near Valdez, Tsaina offers exclusive access to remote fishing waters from an on-property helicopter pad. Heli-fishing packages at the lodge include fly-fishing for trout and salmon in isolated lakes and rivers and adventure packages include helicopter wildlife viewing tours and deep-sea halibut and shark charters in Prince William Sound. Other activities offered from the lodge include ice climbing on nearby Worthington Glacier, sea kayaking, hiking and white water or scenic rafting. The lodge, recently named first runner-up for Outside magazine’s best new adventure lodge, provides Tempur-Pedic beds in all rooms, wireless Internet, gourmet dining including a fresh sushi bar, and other luxury amenities. Packages start at $1,650 for three nights.
Media Contact:
Dave Hudacsko, Tsaina Lodge
Phone: 907-835-3535 ext. 3
Facebook: TsainaLodge
Twitter: @tsainalodge

4. Mount McKinley anniversary exhibit opens this month
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve, the University of Alaska Museum of the North is opening a brand new exhibit, “Denali Legacy: 100 Years on the Mountain.” Running May 18, 2013 through April 12, 2014, the exhibit examines the journey through the original journals of the climbing group, including what it took to carry supplies more than 100 miles by dog sled before beginning the ascent. This is the first time all of the journals have been in the same location since the expedition. The exhibit also features artifacts from the 1913 journey, such as a camp stove and glacier goggles worn by one of the climbers; a comparison of today’s technology versus what the men used 100 years ago to ascend the mountain; a scaled model of Mount McKinley illustrating the different routes of past climbers; and the various sounds of the mountain.
Media Contact:

Theresa Bakker, University of Alaska Museum of the North
Phone: 907-474-6941
Facebook: alaskamuseum

Amy Geiger, Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phone: 907-459-3775
Facebook: InsideAlaska
Twitter: @insidealaska

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