Kat Sorensen

A hiker avoids an icy, frozen boardwalk on a morning hike from the Dan Moller Cabin in Juneau in October 2019. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tangled up in Blue: Winter isn’t coming

On a late September early morning drive back from Talkeetna, I saw winter surprise three different drivers. The first hit the black ice in their… Continue reading

 

The writer is seen in this ridiculous photo posted immediately to her mother’s Facebook as she leaves for Alaska in February 2017 with only one coat, the army jacket she wears in this photo. (Photo courtesy of Eileen Sorensen)

A little bit richer

I woke up this morning a bit richer. The Alaska Permanent Fund dividend landed in Alaskans’ bank accounts sometime early Thursday and mine was among… Continue reading

 

Election Day on the Kenai Peninsula

Updated: Polls closed at 8 p.m. across the Kenai Peninsula and the votes have been tallied. Below are the unofficial results as they stand at… Continue reading

 

The author and her first cousin once removed, August Murphy, play at the waterfront playground in Seward, Alaska, in late August 2019. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Murphy)

Tangled up in Blue: Viewscapes

I want to start reflecting on this summer with an onslaught of adjectives — hot, exciting, adventurous, challenging — but I have two more things… Continue reading

The author and her first cousin once removed, August Murphy, play at the waterfront playground in Seward, Alaska, in late August 2019. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Murphy)
Kat Sorensen, the author, walks alongside her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Kenai Beach in May 2018. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Tangled up in Blue: Miles and miles

I bought my 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee when I first moved to Alaska after a failed fling with a 1992 Cherokee that had a leaky… Continue reading

Kat Sorensen, the author, walks alongside her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Kenai Beach in May 2018. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Tight Lines: Weekly fishing report

As fishing season winds down, fire shuts down some Kenai River access

In April, a sunrise was often paired with rain in Seward. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tangled Up in Blue: All this rain

When I asked Peter what I should write my column about this week, he suggested I talk about swimming in lakes. It was intuitive, since… Continue reading

In April, a sunrise was often paired with rain in Seward. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Michelle Murray, of Eagle River, and her two children show off the 2019 Seward Silver Salmon Derby winning fish caught at the head of Resurrection Bay on the F/V Joe Legacy. Murray took home a $10,000 prize for largest fish. (Photo courtesy of Seward Chamber of Commerce)

Salmon Derby won by fractions of a pound

First place, and $10,000, was earned for a silver weighing 15.99 pounds.

Michelle Murray, of Eagle River, and her two children show off the 2019 Seward Silver Salmon Derby winning fish caught at the head of Resurrection Bay on the F/V Joe Legacy. Murray took home a $10,000 prize for largest fish. (Photo courtesy of Seward Chamber of Commerce)
Kenny Regan, of Seward, shows off some silvers caught during the Seward Silver Salmon Derby going on through Sunday. The 2019 Derby is dedicated to Monty and Florita Richardson, longtime Alaskans who helped shape Seward’s charter fishing industry and participated in in the Salmon Derby for six decades. Monty ran his charter business well into his 80s and passed away this spring at 101 years old.
                                Photo courtesy of Kenny Regan

Tight Lines: Seward’s Silver Salmon Derby continues

Coho sport fishing on the Lower Kenai River is picking up but still reported as slow.

Kenny Regan, of Seward, shows off some silvers caught during the Seward Silver Salmon Derby going on through Sunday. The 2019 Derby is dedicated to Monty and Florita Richardson, longtime Alaskans who helped shape Seward’s charter fishing industry and participated in in the Salmon Derby for six decades. Monty ran his charter business well into his 80s and passed away this spring at 101 years old.
                                Photo courtesy of Kenny Regan
There are a lot of paths to choose from in Seward, like the Lost Lake Trail. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tangled up in Blue: Too many roads to travel

The idea of multiverses has been big lately, in this one at least. The theory goes that the world we live in is just one… Continue reading

There are a lot of paths to choose from in Seward, like the Lost Lake Trail. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Photo courtesy of Seward Chamber of Commerce
                                The Ferrin family of Anchorage show off their catches from 2018’s Seward Silver Salmon Derby. Colleen Ferrin took home second place in the overall tournament with a 16.19 pound fish.

Tight Lines: Seward Silver derby starts Saturday

The silver salmon have returned to Resurrection Bay, with cohos being caught as close as Caines Head

Photo courtesy of Seward Chamber of Commerce
                                The Ferrin family of Anchorage show off their catches from 2018’s Seward Silver Salmon Derby. Colleen Ferrin took home second place in the overall tournament with a 16.19 pound fish.
One of Silverfin Guide Service’s clients shows off a king salmon caught in Anchor River in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Gary Sinnhuber)

Fish and Game works to protect kings

The sustainable escapement goal is not expected to be achieved.

One of Silverfin Guide Service’s clients shows off a king salmon caught in Anchor River in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Gary Sinnhuber)
A dipnetter fishes on a boat in the Kenai River in July 2019. (Photo courtesy of Robert Valadez)

Tight Lines: Kenai River dipnetting closes after strong season

Through July, over 1 million late-run sockeye were counted with sonar.

A dipnetter fishes on a boat in the Kenai River in July 2019. (Photo courtesy of Robert Valadez)
In lieu of a photo of a deformed fingernail, the author shows off some funky fingernails and daydreams of a day soon when she can get a manicure without explaining what happened to her thumbnail. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tangled up in Blue: Thumbs up

I accidentally ripped my fingernail out just as I was about to meet a large group of people. They all extended their hands toward me,… Continue reading

In lieu of a photo of a deformed fingernail, the author shows off some funky fingernails and daydreams of a day soon when she can get a manicure without explaining what happened to her thumbnail. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tight Lines: Kenai River fishing slowly, but surely, improving

King fishing on the Kenai River is still slow, with the prized game fish trickling in.

Meet the newsroom: Homer News reporter Megan Pacer

Megan covers education, city government, local sports, crime and, sometimes, arts and entertainment.

Photo by brian mazurek/peninsula clarion
                                Claudia Henley, front left, shows her grandson Austin Feagin a few tips while dipnetting on the North Kenai Beach on Wednesday.

Anchorage business offers dipnet processing

Fish waste will be used to make fertilizer.

Photo by brian mazurek/peninsula clarion
                                Claudia Henley, front left, shows her grandson Austin Feagin a few tips while dipnetting on the North Kenai Beach on Wednesday.
John Hakla from Eagle River heads back into the water while dipnetting on the North Kenai Beach on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Central Peninsula weekly fishing report

The fish have been trickling into the nets since the personal use fishery opened on July 10.

John Hakla from Eagle River heads back into the water while dipnetting on the North Kenai Beach on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Kat Sorensen runs along a crossover trail on the descent on July 4, 2019, during the 92nd Mount Marathon Race in Seward, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Kat Sorensen)

Tangled up in Blue: A few Irish steps

In their extravagant dresses and tightly wound curls, my cousins would dance their weekends away. Irish stepdancing is marked by intricate footwork coupled with a… Continue reading

Kat Sorensen runs along a crossover trail on the descent on July 4, 2019, during the 92nd Mount Marathon Race in Seward, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Kat Sorensen)
Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion
                                Annie Cromwell of Anchorage brings in a sockeye salmon while dipnetting on the north beach in Kenai in June 2017.

Dipnetting is here!

The dipnet fishery opened Wednesday and will run through July 31.

Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion
                                Annie Cromwell of Anchorage brings in a sockeye salmon while dipnetting on the north beach in Kenai in June 2017.