Joey Klecka

Root Beer Fun Run, Gauntlet on tap for the weekend

The second annual Root Beer Fun Run hosted by the Hospice of the Central Peninsula is back for another year, and organizers hope to see… Continue reading

Week 4 football: Schedule back to normal, for now

The fourth week of the prep football season has finally returned a sense of normalcy to the schedule, which has been beaten up over the… Continue reading

A quilt by local artist Betty Ames hangs on the wall Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

‘This is their expression’

September art auction exhibit showcases local talent

A quilt by local artist Betty Ames hangs on the wall Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
A close look at the first batch of the Kenai River Brewery’s “Moose Gallop Ale” Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Brews for all seasons

Kenai River Brewing partners with Tsalteshi for new beer series

A close look at the first batch of the Kenai River Brewery’s “Moose Gallop Ale” Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi volleyball sweeps Nikiski

After a string of competitive matches between Soldotna and Nikiski in recent seasons, the Stars were able to come out swinging Thursday night in a… Continue reading

Prep sports schedule tweaked as week 3 football arrives

The relentless push of the Swan Lake Fire has reshuffled the football schedule and put other high school sports events scrambling to reschedule or cancel… Continue reading

Nikiski’s Kaitlyn Johnson dives for a dig Nov. 10, 2018, in the Class 3A state volleyball championship final against Valdez at the Alaska Airlines Center. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Season volleyball preview: Can Nikiski repeat as 3A state champs?

In the months since breaking an 18-year state championship drought in volleyball, the Nikiski Bulldogs and head coach Stacey Segura have had time to celebrate,… Continue reading

Nikiski’s Kaitlyn Johnson dives for a dig Nov. 10, 2018, in the Class 3A state volleyball championship final against Valdez at the Alaska Airlines Center. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Week 3 of prep football season shuffles

The persistence of wildfire smoke from the Swan Lake Fire hanging in the air and the unpredictable travel situation through Cooper Landing has made for… Continue reading

Nikiski’s America Jeffreys (left) and Kaycee Bostic put up a block on Homer’s Laura Inama at the Homer Jamboree against the Homer Mariners on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 in the Alice Witt Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Nikiski volleyball wins Homer Jamboree

The defending Class 3A state volleyball champion Nikiski Bulldogs got their defense off to a winning start Saturday in Homer, capturing the Homer Jamboree tournament… Continue reading

Nikiski’s America Jeffreys (left) and Kaycee Bostic put up a block on Homer’s Laura Inama at the Homer Jamboree against the Homer Mariners on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 in the Alice Witt Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Seward football falls to Valdez

The Valdez Buccaneers demolished Seward 32-6 Saturday afternoon in the lone varsity football game for a peninsula team this weekend. Four other football games involving… Continue reading

Trustworthy Hardware co-owner Brian Miller (middle) joins Kenai Peninsula Saints Pop Warner players Clayton McDonald (left) and Jameson Curren in picking a ticket in the Soldotna Trustworthy Youth Raffle event Friday in Soldotna. 
                                Joey Klecka
                                Peninsula Clarion

Trustworthy boat raffle sends $15K to youth sports

The funds also go to help the Wounded Heroes event.

Trustworthy Hardware co-owner Brian Miller (middle) joins Kenai Peninsula Saints Pop Warner players Clayton McDonald (left) and Jameson Curren in picking a ticket in the Soldotna Trustworthy Youth Raffle event Friday in Soldotna. 
                                Joey Klecka
                                Peninsula Clarion
Soldotna’s Sean Babitt (on top) grapples with a teammate Thursday at Redemption MMA in Soldotna. Babitt won a division championship at the IBJJF World Championships June 1 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna teen brings home Jiu-Jitsu Worlds gold

Kasilof’s Sean Babitt comes off quiet, soft-spoken and unassuming. But ask the competitor that Babitt beat for a world championship gold medal in June, and… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Sean Babitt (on top) grapples with a teammate Thursday at Redemption MMA in Soldotna. Babitt won a division championship at the IBJJF World Championships June 1 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Wildfires cancel prep sports, Lost Lake Run

All outdoor athletic activities and events at or hosted by Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools have been canceled until further notice, according to a… Continue reading

Members of The Rebel Blues Band perform at a recent gig in Anchorage. (Photo by Tasha Skolnick)

Soldotna Music Series to wrap up with Alaska musicians

The concert will be headlined by The Rebel Blues Band, a blues quintet from Anchorage and Soldotna.

Members of The Rebel Blues Band perform at a recent gig in Anchorage. (Photo by Tasha Skolnick)

Friday football: SoHi routs West; Nikiski, Seward lose

The bad memories of last year’s season-opening loss are now a distant memory for the Soldotna Stars football program, which romped its way to a… Continue reading

Hall, Aldridge win Soldotna Cycle Series week 7

Jim Hall biked to the 12-kilometer race victory Thursday night at the Soldotna Cycle Series week 7 race at Tsalteshi Trails. Hall nipped Brian Beeson… Continue reading

Season preview: Can SoHi reach 8 straight state crowns?

Week 1 of the prep football season has become an annual discourse of the same question — can anyone knock off Soldotna from the Division… Continue reading

Nikiski junior Noah Litke scans the field for an open receiver Aug. 18, 2018, against Valdez at Nikiski High School. Litke returns this year to quarterback the Bulldogs. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Season preview: Trio of peninsula teams eyeing return to Div. III playoffs

Football is back on the peninsula, which means teams at Nikiski, Homer and Seward are back on the hunt for October. The Division III playoffs… Continue reading

Nikiski junior Noah Litke scans the field for an open receiver Aug. 18, 2018, against Valdez at Nikiski High School. Litke returns this year to quarterback the Bulldogs. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
The campsite at mile 65 of the Grand Canyon trip on the Colorado River. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: What 187 miles in the Grand Canyon showed me

My heart will always live in Alaska. It’s where I’ve spent most of my life, growing up among the Chugach Mountains where beauty and majesty… Continue reading

The campsite at mile 65 of the Grand Canyon trip on the Colorado River. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Ostrander becomes 1st to win 3 straight MW Female Athlete of Year awards

Soldotna’s Allie Ostrander earned another award after leaving Boise State to turn pro, earning the Mountain West Conference Female Athlete of the Year award Thursday… Continue reading