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A man fishes in the Kenai River on July 16, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion/file)

Fishing report: King salmon fishing closed on Kenai amid poor run

June 8 fishing report outlined opportunities for anglers in the north Kenai area

A man fishes in the Kenai River on July 16, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion/file)
Nick Varney
Nick Varney
Pollen collects on the beak of a female rufous hummingbird and is transferred from flower to flower. (Photo by T. Eskelin, USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: Only warm-blooded pollinator on peninsula has wings, will travel

This past weekend I participated in the Summer Hummingbird Days event hosted by the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. It was a great event focusing on… Continue reading

Pollen collects on the beak of a female rufous hummingbird and is transferred from flower to flower. (Photo by T. Eskelin, USFWS)
Renewable IPP CEO Jenn Miller presents information about solar power during a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaska Voices: A promising start to a very important conversation

Alaska’s first Sustainable Energy Conference provided just that right opportunity where stakeholders come together to create and commit

  • Jun 8, 2022
  • By Jenn Miller
Renewable IPP CEO Jenn Miller presents information about solar power during a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Tarryn Zerbinos shows one of her paintings to be displayed in June at Grace Ridge Breweing. (Photo provided)

Art, Alaska lure Zerbinos back to her roots

Zerbinos markets work through social media with novel products like stickers.

Tarryn Zerbinos shows one of her paintings to be displayed in June at Grace Ridge Breweing. (Photo provided)
Blueberry buckle conjures warm memories of family. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: Blueberry buckle, made with love

Our family gathered at the banks of a very special river to celebrate the life of our departed matriarch

Blueberry buckle conjures warm memories of family. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Mills Creek, May 11, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Gratitude

On May 11 this year, just past 8 a.m., the day started cold

Mills Creek, May 11, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
There are two photos of Mystery Creek plots burned by Swan Lake. This plot was only burned by the Swan Lake Fire and has blackened duff with variable depth of burn, low shrubs resprouting from surviving roots, and other plants seeded in since the fire. Photos were taken in 2021.

Refuge Notebook: Swan Lake Fire — A burn severity story

If you live in Southcentral Alaska, there’s a good chance you’ve driven or hiked through the 2019 Swan Lake Fire. If you’re like me, maybe… Continue reading

There are two photos of Mystery Creek plots burned by Swan Lake. This plot was only burned by the Swan Lake Fire and has blackened duff with variable depth of burn, low shrubs resprouting from surviving roots, and other plants seeded in since the fire. Photos were taken in 2021.
Photo provided by the KPC archive of historical photographs 
Ed Back, left, and Bill Gross chat with Ridgeway homeowner Betty Karsten as they install a natural gas hookup to her home in 1961. Betty and Emmett Karsten became Alaska’s first civilian consumers of natural gas.
Photo provided by the KPC archive of historical photographs 
Ed Back, left, and Bill Gross chat with Ridgeway homeowner Betty Karsten as they install a natural gas hookup to her home in 1961. Betty and Emmett Karsten became Alaska’s first civilian consumers of natural gas.
Nick Varney
Nick Varney
This potato salad recipe incorporates eggs, apples and Greek yogurt into the classic barbecue fare. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Setting the summer table

Fill out your barbecue spread with this creative potato salad

This potato salad recipe incorporates eggs, apples and Greek yogurt into the classic barbecue fare. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Will Morrow (courtesy)

Safety first

“My DIY projects have been drawing less and less blood over the years”

Will Morrow (courtesy)
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Honoring the fallen — and caring for veterans

Alaska has lost servicemembers in conflicts ranging from the Battle of Attu to the Global War on Terror

  • May 28, 2022
  • By Sen. Lisa Murkowski
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A Kenai River fisherman and his mother celebrate a successful catch. (Photo by Boo Kandas)

Refuge Notebook: Kenai River, the river that does it all

I did not fully appreciate the recent history of the Kenai River and surrounding watershed until I read Shana Loushbaugh’s thesis, “The history of land… Continue reading

A Kenai River fisherman and his mother celebrate a successful catch. (Photo by Boo Kandas)
Hope, Alaska on May 14, 2022. (Courtesy of Sabine Poux)

Out of the Office: Hope

Working in journalism is draining for a lot of reasons. We’re constantly taking meetings and phone calls, trying to produce multiple stories per day, and… Continue reading

Hope, Alaska on May 14, 2022. (Courtesy of Sabine Poux)
Courtesy Photo / Chris West
Emily Anderson’s second album “Salt & Water” will be released on Friday. The second album from the L.A.-based singer-songwriter from Fairbanks deals with challenging emotions via some surprisingly sunny tunes.
Courtesy Photo / Chris West
Emily Anderson’s second album “Salt & Water” will be released on Friday. The second album from the L.A.-based singer-songwriter from Fairbanks deals with challenging emotions via some surprisingly sunny tunes.
The 10 participants in season 9 of “Alone,” premiering on May 26, 2022, on the History Channel. Terry Burns of Homer is the third from left, back. Another Alaskan in the series, Jacques Tourcotte of Juneau, is the fourth from left, back. (Photo by Brendan George Ko/History Channel)

Homer man goes it ‘Alone’

Burns brings lifetime of wilderness experience to survival series

The 10 participants in season 9 of “Alone,” premiering on May 26, 2022, on the History Channel. Terry Burns of Homer is the third from left, back. Another Alaskan in the series, Jacques Tourcotte of Juneau, is the fourth from left, back. (Photo by Brendan George Ko/History Channel)
Thes chocolate chip cookie require no equipment, no pre-planning, and are done from start to finish in one hour. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: Forever home chocolate chip cookies

This past week I moved into my first forever home

Thes chocolate chip cookie require no equipment, no pre-planning, and are done from start to finish in one hour. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Nick Varney

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

Nick Varney
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

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)