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On Oct. 3, 1945, the Spokane Chronicle published this A.P. photo of Miriam Mathers and her goats as she prepared to board a Seattle steamship bound for Seward.

Tragedy and triumph of the Goat Woman — Part 4

Mathers had only three cents in her purse when she arrived in Kenai

On Oct. 3, 1945, the Spokane Chronicle published this A.P. photo of Miriam Mathers and her goats as she prepared to board a Seattle steamship bound for Seward.
Will Morrow (courtesy)

Moving on

I suggested to my wife that we could replace the old kids’ car with something “fun”

Will Morrow (courtesy)
Installation of culverts in Kelly Lake Road. (Photo provided by FWS)

Refuge Notebook: More than fins, feathers and fur

In the fall of 2010, I found a job opening listed through USAJobs, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at a location in Soldotna,… Continue reading

Installation of culverts in Kelly Lake Road. (Photo provided by FWS)
Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire
This photo shows “Old Woman With Berries in Her Lap,” a poetry collection by Wrangell writer and poet Vivian Faith Prescott. She recently released two books, the second being “My Father’s Smokehouse,” a combination of recipes and stories.

Southeast author releases ‘foodoir’ and book of poetry

The prolific author and poet has been working for years on the two books

Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire
This photo shows “Old Woman With Berries in Her Lap,” a poetry collection by Wrangell writer and poet Vivian Faith Prescott. She recently released two books, the second being “My Father’s Smokehouse,” a combination of recipes and stories.
Charlie Pierce stands in his home on Thursday, March 11, 2022, in Sterling, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Point of View: Poorly managed fishery bycatch is an Alaska tragedy

Alaskan fishermen suffer the effects of policy failures

Charlie Pierce stands in his home on Thursday, March 11, 2022, in Sterling, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Strawberries and red bean paste fill these delicate mochi desserts. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: The zen of Mochi

This delicate Japanese sweet takes patience to master

Strawberries and red bean paste fill these delicate mochi desserts. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
The Associated Press caught up to Miriam Mathers in 1943 and took this photo when she was trying to move overland to Alaska with her goats and other animals.

Tragedy and triumph of the Goat Woman — Part 3

Her quest for Alaska had begun, but another date with tragedy lay just around the corner

The Associated Press caught up to Miriam Mathers in 1943 and took this photo when she was trying to move overland to Alaska with her goats and other animals.
Nick Varney

Unhinged Alaska: The quiet serenity of spring. Not even.

It’s tough to teach a teenage female pup that everything that goes on around her is not all about her

Nick Varney
A pair of sandhill cranes feed Friday, May 8 at Green Timbers on the Homer Spit in Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Earth Day is bird day

Celebrate Earth Day every day by growing close to nature.

A pair of sandhill cranes feed Friday, May 8 at Green Timbers on the Homer Spit in Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
An orange-crowned warbler is one of the bird species that likes to nest in slash and wood piles. (Photo by Colin Canterbury/FWS)

Refuge Notebook: Nesting birds can use our help

It’s that time of year when spring cleaning, yardwork and some much-needed sprucing up around our homes and properties are upon us. Likewise, there continue… Continue reading

An orange-crowned warbler is one of the bird species that likes to nest in slash and wood piles. (Photo by Colin Canterbury/FWS)
Larry Persily (Peninsula Clarion file)

Alaska Voices: Santa may be on the ballot, but Palin more of a joke

Just what Alaska needs in Congress: Another set of Twitter thumbs to hitch a ride to likes and followers and trending

Larry Persily (Peninsula Clarion file)
Nathan Hall (left) and Jesse Egner (right) play a duet Hall composed that was inspired by dried stalks of cow parsnips at Bunnell Streer Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sean McDermott)

Screenwriting, cyanotypes and a sonic portrait

A trio of artists visit Bunnell Street Arts Center in April as Artists in residence

Nathan Hall (left) and Jesse Egner (right) play a duet Hall composed that was inspired by dried stalks of cow parsnips at Bunnell Streer Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sean McDermott)
“A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold was originally published by Oxford University Press in 1949. (Image via Amazon.com)

Revisiting ‘A Sand County Almanac’ as Earth Day approaches

Leopold shows that conservation is active and an awesome responsibility

“A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold was originally published by Oxford University Press in 1949. (Image via Amazon.com)
From left: Zodiac Trio members Kliment Krylovskiy, Vanessa Mollard and Riko Higuma (Courtesy image)

Soldotna to host musical trio

The three-member group features the sounds of the clarinet, violin and piano

From left: Zodiac Trio members Kliment Krylovskiy, Vanessa Mollard and Riko Higuma (Courtesy image)
Creamy butternut squash pasta that skips the dairy is served with salmon and greens. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Creamy pasta that holds the cream

This butternut squash sauce will make you forget it’s low fat and plant based

Creamy butternut squash pasta that skips the dairy is served with salmon and greens. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Department of Revenue Commissioner Lucinda Mahoney (Photo via the State of Alaska Department of Revenue)

Now is the time to establish firm fiscal policies

Limit spending into the future and ensure that our reserves are replenished and protected

  • Apr 19, 2022
  • By Lucinda Mahoney
  • PFD
Alaska Department of Revenue Commissioner Lucinda Mahoney (Photo via the State of Alaska Department of Revenue)
In about 1904, the full family of Arthur and Ellen Davidson (front row) posed for this family portrait. Miriam Davidson, the third born, is in the dark blouse on the right end of the back row; she is standing next to her older siblings, Cora and William. (Photo courtesy of the David Family Collection)
In about 1904, the full family of Arthur and Ellen Davidson (front row) posed for this family portrait. Miriam Davidson, the third born, is in the dark blouse on the right end of the back row; she is standing next to her older siblings, Cora and William. (Photo courtesy of the David Family Collection)
Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety Jim Cockrell is seen here in an undated photo. (Courtesy photo/Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Opinion: Addressing the high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous persons

The Alaska Department of Public Safety is developing new approaches to these investigations

  • Apr 16, 2022
  • By James Cockrell
Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety Jim Cockrell is seen here in an undated photo. (Courtesy photo/Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
Buttery bear claws are filled with almond paste and topped with sugar glaze. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: Let’s make some bear claws

My food philosophy is to never deprive myself, but if I really want it, I must make it myself

Buttery bear claws are filled with almond paste and topped with sugar glaze. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
David Rosenthal describes work from his travels around the Arctic Ocean and through the Northwest Passage from his show, “Painting at the Edge of the Ice Age,” at the Pratt Museum & Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sean McDermott)

A chronicle of vanishing ice

A chronicle of vanishing ice: A new exhibition at the Pratt Museum by painter David Rosenthal

David Rosenthal describes work from his travels around the Arctic Ocean and through the Northwest Passage from his show, “Painting at the Edge of the Ice Age,” at the Pratt Museum & Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sean McDermott)