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The bridge at Tonsina Point. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Tackling Tonsina

I’m reluctant to hike alone in Alaska. As much as I like being by myself and wandering in the woods, my concerns about encountering wildlife… Continue reading

The bridge at Tonsina Point. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
YCC Enrollees harvest beetle-killed spruce for a facility enhancement project. (Photo by Nick Longobardi/FWS)

Refuge Notebook: Youth Conservation Corps: A legacy of hard work and good times

Do you know a local high school student who likes to work hard in the outdoors, doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty, and is looking… Continue reading

YCC Enrollees harvest beetle-killed spruce for a facility enhancement project. (Photo by Nick Longobardi/FWS)
Jonathan Freeman displays his first place photography piece during the opening reception of the Kenai Art Center’s annual student show on Thursday, April 7, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Students show their stuff

Kenai Art Center’s annual student showcase will be on display through May

Jonathan Freeman displays his first place photography piece during the opening reception of the Kenai Art Center’s annual student show on Thursday, April 7, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Alex Koplin is a founding member of Kenai Peninsula Votes. (courtesy photo)
Alex Koplin is a founding member of Kenai Peninsula Votes. (courtesy photo)
Better Homes & Gardens article photo, 1955 
Rusty Lancashire, who befriended her neighbor, Miriam Mathers, climbs into her vehicle in front of the Kenai Commercial Company store in Kenai.

Tragedy and triumph of the Goat Woman — Part 1

Florence Lorraine “Rusty” Lancashire first met her neighbor, the old Goat Woman, in the fall of 1948

Better Homes & Gardens article photo, 1955 
Rusty Lancashire, who befriended her neighbor, Miriam Mathers, climbs into her vehicle in front of the Kenai Commercial Company store in Kenai.
Tiffany Hall is the executive director of Recover Alaska. (photo provided)

SB 9 will help us achieve a healthier Alaska

Alcohol requires additional laws and policies to keep people as healthy and safe as possible

  • Apr 7, 2022
  • By Tiffany Hall
Tiffany Hall is the executive director of Recover Alaska. (photo provided)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks to a joint session of the Alaska State Legislature in late February. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: It’s time for Sen. Murkowski to protect Bristol Bay

She could end the fight and give Alaskans peace of mind that she has our best interests in mind

  • Apr 7, 2022
  • By Matthew R. Berry
Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks to a joint session of the Alaska State Legislature in late February. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
The west fork of the Moose River in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, March 23, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Precipice

On Oct. 31, 2021, I ran down to Headquarters Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge hoping to see some signs that the lake would… Continue reading

The west fork of the Moose River in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, March 23, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
A brown bear on the refuge captured on a trail camera, an example that den entrance and emergence varies and you can expect to see bears at any time of the year. (Image by Colin Canterbury/FWS)

Refuge Notebook: Sharing the landscape as bears wake up this spring

Snow and extreme cold were early this year. The conditions made for fantastic cross-country skiing, and the early deep snow turned icy with repeated warming… Continue reading

A brown bear on the refuge captured on a trail camera, an example that den entrance and emergence varies and you can expect to see bears at any time of the year. (Image by Colin Canterbury/FWS)
Les Gara, left, is running for Alaska governor; Jessica Cook is running for lieutenant governor in the 2022 gubernatorial race. (Photo provided)
Les Gara, left, is running for Alaska governor; Jessica Cook is running for lieutenant governor in the 2022 gubernatorial race. (Photo provided)
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Linda Buckley, a retired Juneau educator, has written her second children’s book “The Humpback in the Herring.” Like her first book, “The Bear in the Blueberry,” the book examines the relationship between organisms big and small.

Children’s author is back with a whale tale

First there was ‘The Bear in the Blueberry.’ Now, there’s ‘The Humpback in the Herring.’

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Linda Buckley, a retired Juneau educator, has written her second children’s book “The Humpback in the Herring.” Like her first book, “The Bear in the Blueberry,” the book examines the relationship between organisms big and small.
McNeil Canyon Elementary School student Cedar Galbraith's watercolor and ink painting. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Jubilee! art show highlights youth talent

Featuring art by youth in kindergarten through high school

McNeil Canyon Elementary School student Cedar Galbraith's watercolor and ink painting. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A copy of Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” rests against a typewriter on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Off the Shelf: Reckoning with a challenged author in times of censorship

Off the Shelf is a bimonthly literature column written by the staff of The Peninsula Clarion

A copy of Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” rests against a typewriter on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Korean kimbap with tuna, kimchi, lettuce and carrots makes a perfect to-go meal. (Photo by Tressa Dale/ Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: Good to go

Kimbap is a staple of every school picnic day and hiking trip for Korean families

Korean kimbap with tuna, kimchi, lettuce and carrots makes a perfect to-go meal. (Photo by Tressa Dale/ Peninsula Clarion)
Jason Grenn (courtesy photo)

Opinion: Alaskans are ready for our new election system

This is an opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of the system

Jason Grenn (courtesy photo)
Will Morrow (courtesy)

Stay loose

As it turns out, muscles really do work better when they’re warm and loose

Will Morrow (courtesy)
A snow bunting on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Colin Canterbury/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: Spring equinox marks change from smallest to largest species on the Kenai

It is spring, and after my first year in Alaska, I have witnessed that spring moves to another level. As many of you know, everything… Continue reading

A snow bunting on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Colin Canterbury/USFWS)
A hiker rests near the peak of Near Point Trail in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 20, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

The pitch for Anchorage

My first time on the Kenai Peninsula was a solo trip in the late fall of 2020. When I told people I was living in… Continue reading

A hiker rests near the peak of Near Point Trail in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 20, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
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This photo from the same series that gave “From the Land of Rusted Dreams” its cover image shows Erin Heist on stage in Juneau in December 2021. Heist’s debut album “From the Land of Rusted Dreams” is set to be released on April 8. The album is heavily shaped by connections Heist has made through the Alaska Folk Festival, which is held annually in Juneau.
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This photo from the same series that gave “From the Land of Rusted Dreams” its cover image shows Erin Heist on stage in Juneau in December 2021. Heist’s debut album “From the Land of Rusted Dreams” is set to be released on April 8. The album is heavily shaped by connections Heist has made through the Alaska Folk Festival, which is held annually in Juneau.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Alaska Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Juneau, Alaska. (Juneau Empire file photo)

Opinion: Time is now to resolve Alaska’s great contradictions

Now more than ever, we must take control of our destiny that is envisioned in our state motto of “North to the Future.”

  • Mar 30, 2022
  • By Gov. Mike Dunleavy
Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Alaska Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Juneau, Alaska. (Juneau Empire file photo)