Jeff Helminiak

New Slikok system offers multiuse, ‘swoopy’ singletrack

In preparation for the arrival of the Arctic Winter Games to the Kenai Peninsula in 2006, Dale Bagley, then the borough mayor, and Tsalteshi Trails… Continue reading


True Tales Told Live to cap Startup Week

The first True Tales Told Live of the season will cap off Startup Week at 6 p.m. Friday at Odie’s Deli in Soldotna. True Tales… Continue reading


Magicians sweep Brown Bears

The Kenai River Brown Bears were swept by the Minnesota Magicians on Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in North American Hockey… Continue reading


Homer takes 4th at ACS Invite

Bethel won the ACS Denali Auto Glass Invite on Saturday at Anchorage Christian Schools. The Warriors scored 154.5 points, while Homer led the Kenai Peninsula… Continue reading

Brown Bears’ Komuls commits to UAF

When he was just 16, Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Markuss Komuls left his home country of Latvia to come to the United States and… Continue reading

Nikiski grad Thompson helps WSU into 2nd round

The host Washington State soccer team, featuring 2015 Nikiski graduate Rachel Thompson in net, defeated Montana 5-1 on Friday to advance to the second round… Continue reading

Kenai Central’s Ostrander wins West Region XC title

Allie Ostrander, a 2015 graduate of Kenai Central, turned in a dominant victory Friday at the NCAA West Region championship in Sacramento, California. Ostrander, a… Continue reading

SoHi, Homer lose at Palmer Hockey Showdown

West Anchorage used a pair of third-period goals to cement a 4-2 nonconference win over Soldotna during the first day of the Palmer Hockey Showdown… Continue reading

Series preview: Brown Bears vs. Magicians

Before the season even started, Kenai River Brown Bears head coach Josh Petrich said the team’s goal is to make the playoffs, and that objective… Continue reading

Sweden’s Bok makes smooth transition to Alaska

Monday, Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Johan Bok and his teammates hiked just over two miles to Lower Fuller Lake, gaining about 1,300 feet of… Continue reading

Kostelnick completes run from Anchor Point to Key West

Pete Kostelnick, an Ohio runner, completed his goal of running from Anchor Point to Key West, Florida, on Monday. It took Kostelnick 98 days to… Continue reading

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Raften, Allison to perform Friday

The first Performing Arts Society concert of the season showed the international-caliber talent this area can attract in pianist Teresa Walters. The second one will… Continue reading

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Area athletes play role in college football game

When Valley City State of Valley City, North Dakota, defeated host Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, by the score of 49-21 in NAIA football… Continue reading

Thompson helps WSU qualify for NCAA Tournament

Rachel Thompson, a 2015 graduate of Nikiski High School, has played a major role in Division I Washington State qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. The… Continue reading

Homer volleyball team makes state

The Homer volleyball team has earned the at-large berth to the Class 3A state volleyball tournament. The Mariners finished third at the Southcentral Conference volleyball… Continue reading

Brown Bears split with Jr. Blues

The Kenai River Brown Bears and Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues split a North American Hockey League Series on Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna Regional… Continue reading

South wrestlers capture Top Dog Invite

South High of Anchorage won the Top Dog Invite on Friday and Saturday at Nikiski High School. The tournament was an all-new format, with 32-man… Continue reading

Grace wrestlers top Homer in dual meet

The visiting Grace Christian Grizzlies defeated Homer 41-35 in a dual meet on Thursday. Ian Stovall (130 pounds), Wayne Newman (140), Mose Hayes (152) and… Continue reading

Series preview: Brown Bears vs. Springfield Jr. Blues

The Kenai River Brown Bears and Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues will be looking to snap out of recent funks when they meet Friday and Saturday… Continue reading

Bears’ Ritchie excels in classroom, faceoff circle

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Logan Ritchie, 19, excels in both the classroom and the faceoff circle, and that’s brought him an opportunity to try… Continue reading