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Unhinged Alaska: This purge won’t be a movie sequel

What’s forthcoming is a very rare occurrence and, in my case, uncommon as bifocals on a Shih Tzu puppy

 

A LifeMed helicopter waits on June 10, 2014, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska. The author took a medevac flight in May 2013 in a similar helicopter. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Planes, trains, automobiles and helicopters

Every new Alaskan has a bucket list of things they want to check while living here (hopefully, a long time). One subset would be “modes… Continue reading

 

Three Girl Scouts from Troop 210 hold their first Bucket Tree after finishing construction with the help of Davis Block employees. (Photo by Leah Eskelin)

Refuge Notebook: A bucket list for summer

There’s a perfect marshmallow just waiting for you this summer at the end of a stick. Toasty in the glowing coals of your campfire, this… Continue reading

 

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Local Tlingit beader Jill Kaasteen Meserve is making waves as her work becomes more widely known, both in Juneau and the Lower 48.

Old styles in new ways: Beader talks art and octopus bags

She’s been selected for both a local collection and a major Indigenous art market

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Local Tlingit beader Jill Kaasteen Meserve is making waves as her work becomes more widely known, both in Juneau and the Lower 48.
A copy of “The Fragile Earth” rests on a typewriter on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Off the Shelf: Seeking transformation in the face of catastrophe

Potent words on climate change resonate across decades

A copy of “The Fragile Earth” rests on a typewriter on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
A black bear gets into a bird feeder in April 2005 at Long Lake, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

Watch out for bears, moose

Take precautions to keep attractants away from bears and give moose and calves space

A black bear gets into a bird feeder in April 2005 at Long Lake, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game)
Gochujang dressing spices up tofu, lettuce, veggies and sprouts. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: Healthy life starts with healthy food

Gochujang salad dressing turns veggies and tofu into an exciting meal

Gochujang dressing spices up tofu, lettuce, veggies and sprouts. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
A copy of the State of Alaska Official Ballot for the June 11, 2022, Special Primary Election is photographed on May 2, 2022. (Peninsula Clarion staff)

Choosing a candidate – Who will best represent us in D.C.?

Voters are encouraged to do homework before casting a vote

  • May 16, 2022
A copy of the State of Alaska Official Ballot for the June 11, 2022, Special Primary Election is photographed on May 2, 2022. (Peninsula Clarion staff)
A headstone for J.E. Hill is photographhed in Anchorage, Alaska. (Findagrave.com)

Night falls on the Daylight Kid — Part 2

“Bob,” he said, “that crazy fool is shooting at us.”

A headstone for J.E. Hill is photographhed in Anchorage, Alaska. (Findagrave.com)
Paved sidewalks are trails are maintained at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, after the partial government shutdown ended on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Refuge Notebook: Be nice to nettles!

Editor’s note: This article first appeared May 14, 2004, and is reprinted with minor edits. Spring has arrived in full force, and it’s time to… Continue reading

Paved sidewalks are trails are maintained at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, after the partial government shutdown ended on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Friends walk at the head of the Passage Canal on Saturday, May 7, 2022 in Whittier, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: It’s always sunnier in Whittier

I woke up last Saturday to the sun streaming in around the edges of my blackout curtains and a text from a friend asking if… Continue reading

Friends walk at the head of the Passage Canal on Saturday, May 7, 2022 in Whittier, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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Opinion: A massive dividend is the shortsighted answer

Oil prices never stay constant.

  • May 11, 2022
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Jordyn Ortega walks the runway during an Alaska Fashion Week event on May 7, 2022. (Courtesy photo / Sydney Akagi Photography)

Alaska’s (fashion) capital brings fashion week back

Designers, models and attendees from across the continent came to Juneau for the show.

Jordyn Ortega walks the runway during an Alaska Fashion Week event on May 7, 2022. (Courtesy photo / Sydney Akagi Photography)
Eggs Benedict are served with hollandaise on a bed of arugula and prosciutto. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: Honoring motherhood, in joy and in sorrow

Many who have suffered this loss believe they must bear it in silence for the sake of propriety

Eggs Benedict are served with hollandaise on a bed of arugula and prosciutto. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire impairs visibility on the Sterling Highway on Aug. 20, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Opinion: Alaskans should prepare for wildfire season

Several past large fire seasons followed snowy winters or unusually rainy springs

Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire impairs visibility on the Sterling Highway on Aug. 20, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Page from Seward daily gateway. (Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum, Juneau, A.K.)

Night falls on the Daylight Kid — Part 1

Night Falls on the Daylight Kid—Part One By Clark Fair

Page from Seward daily gateway. (Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum, Juneau, A.K.)
Cooper Lake on April 24, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Fishing for crust

I always thought my dad was crazy. Not crazy in all things, most things or even some things. Crazy in one thing — Lake Michigan… Continue reading

Cooper Lake on April 24, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
A hiker takes in the view of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Joseph Suarez/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: Let’s go! Camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, EVERYTHING!

Do you feel it? A hum of anticipation has been getting stronger and stronger as the snow piles melted down smaller and smaller into muddy… Continue reading

A hiker takes in the view of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Joseph Suarez/USFWS)
A copy of “Firefighting: the Financial Crisis and Its Lessons” rests against a typewriter on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Off the Shelf: An economy on fire

“Firefighting: The Financial Crisis and Its Lessons” gives a retrospective on the 2008 financial crisis

A copy of “Firefighting: the Financial Crisis and Its Lessons” rests against a typewriter on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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Prints are featured in the “Open Watercolor” show at the Kenai Art Center on Wednesday.

Playing with paint

Art center’s new exhibit displays the versatility of watercolors

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Prints are featured in the “Open Watercolor” show at the Kenai Art Center on Wednesday.