An adult male Calliope Hummingbird captured and banded near Inkom, Idaho. This is the smallest breeding bird in North America. (Photo provided by Todd Eskelin)

Hummingbirds take migration to a new level

By TODD ESKELIN In my career as a bird bander, I have banded over 20,000 birds and probably closer to 30,000 birds. I have banded… Continue reading

 

An aerial photo of the longest of five culverts being installed under the Sterling Highway. (Photo by Shaun Combs, DOT&PF)

Refuge notebook: Why do moose cross the road?

By JOHN MORTON Why do moose cross the road? To get to the other side, of course — as do other wildlife like lynx, caribou,… Continue reading

 

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge interns Angel Smith and Laura Bashor help Hilcorp Alaska restore a retired gas pad east of the Swanson River Oil Field. (Photo by Lorene Lynn)

Restoring nature 1 gravel pad at a time

By AMBER ROBBINS What happens to old oil and gas pads when they are no longer useful? This June, I was given the opportunity to… Continue reading

 

Bright orange spores are released from rupturing needles of a spruce tip infected with spruce tip rust on the Skyline Trail on July 5, 2018. (Photo provided by Matt Bowser of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

A big year for spruce tip rust

By MATT BOWSER “What is that?” asked my co-worker, pointing down to where it looked like someone had marked the ground beside the Skyline Trail… Continue reading

Bright orange spores are released from rupturing needles of a spruce tip infected with spruce tip rust on the Skyline Trail on July 5, 2018. (Photo provided by Matt Bowser of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Northern lights shine over Diamond Ridge about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Minister’s Message: Darkness and Light

Growing up just 160 miles from the Arctic Circle, it would get very dark in late December. We had as much as 22 and a… Continue reading

Northern lights shine over Diamond Ridge about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Our national bird more than meets the eye

By TODD AND LEAH ESKELIN If you have not checked out the city of Kenai Eagle Cam you are missing out. This is among the… Continue reading

“Talk to Me” — a devastating, hilarious fall to earth

The view from above was stunning. The cliche says that people look like ants when you’re looking down from a ledge, and they do. Trees… Continue reading

Kenai resident Paul Stevenson performs stand-up comedy for the first time at the Kenai Performers Theater on Thursday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

An afternoon at the Performers’

Aspiring comics try out routines at comedy workshop

Kenai resident Paul Stevenson performs stand-up comedy for the first time at the Kenai Performers Theater on Thursday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Now Playing: Best and Worst of 2018

Well, another year gone, another year’s worth of movies to reflect on. This year I saw 61 new movies, which, when you do the math,… Continue reading

My snowy driveway one winter morning, near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Pioneer Potluck: Frigid days and a broken arm

North Kenai, now Nikiski 1967 to January 1969 Chapter One We moved from a cold, cold large trailer house in a trailer court behind M… Continue reading

My snowy driveway one winter morning, near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Recycling Bin: Sustainability begins at home

Sustainability begins at home Sustainability is a balancing act, maintaining an environment where human settlements and the natural world flourish together. We all make a… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2019

Learning for Life: Pieces of a Puzzle

Pieces of a Puzzle Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Nearly half of all Americans make a resolution each year; with weight loss and… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2019

Students compete in VFW’s Voice of Democracy

VFW Post Commander John Walker, Rory Gilmartin, Carlee Rizzo, Jackson Klein, Coy Babcock and VFW Auxiliary President Dave Carey On Tuesday evening Jan. 8, the… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2019

Unhinged Alaska: You think this is cold?

I have received several emails text-mumbling about the sheets of cold air blanketing the area lately. Why, I’m not quite sure. They must be coming… Continue reading

Now Playing: Solid writing and offscreen terror bring depth to ‘Bird Box’

Does anyone remember “The Happening” from way back in 2008? No? Well, you should. “The Happening” should be forever commemorated as what happens when M.… Continue reading

Minister’s Message: The wisdom of reading the Bible

Who among us readers hasn’t been caught using a word we didn’t know the meaning of? We might use a word that sounds right but… Continue reading

Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg

Pioneer Potluck: About Birthday Presents

Happy Birthday to Grandson Arleigh Bacarella. Born Jan. 6, 1986. We cannot believe it was 33 years ago that he was born in Soldotna, after… Continue reading

Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg

Bookworm Sez: ‘An Unexplained Death’ — An unsettling, not-to-be-missed read

Missing…. That single word belies the deep panic and fear behind the reason for the poster it’s on. Someone’s gone, not where he should be,… Continue reading

Aluminum cans (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Recycling Bin: Sorting is the key

The key to recycling is sorting: Separating recyclables and putting in an assigned bin. Let’s refresh. Aluminum Cans: Empty food and beverage cans; NO other… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2019
Aluminum cans (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Monthly Musings: January, the month of earth and air

January is considered the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This move is all about sowing seeds — such as ideas, goals… Continue reading

  • Jan 5, 2019