Photo by Bri Kilbourne Greater White Fronted Geese pack into the "pot", part of the trap into which flightless geese are herded by floatplanes on Innoko National Wildlife Refuge

Refuge Notebook: Herding geese – with airplanes?

That’s right! National Wildlife Refuges like to do things in style. And by style I mean using float planes to herd geese in order to… Continue reading

Photo by Bri Kilbourne Greater White Fronted Geese pack into the "pot", part of the trap into which flightless geese are herded by floatplanes on Innoko National Wildlife Refuge

Les Palmer: Changing the process

Author’s note: The Clarion previously published the following column on Mar. 25, 1994. Nothing has changed except the economic value of sport fishing for salmon… Continue reading

One of the yurts at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Peterson Bay Field Station.

Sitting on the dock of the bay: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies gets new access

Since the early days when the Peterson Bay Field Station opened in 1983, visitors to the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies environmental education center started… Continue reading

One of the yurts at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Peterson Bay Field Station.

Researchers study Southeast Alaska watershed changes

JUNEAU (AP) — Southeast Alaska’s watersheds are changing quickly, and researchers are working to figure out how, why, and what those changes mean.Sanjay Pyare, Assistant… Continue reading

This photo released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation shows Andy Serkis as Caesar in a scene from the film, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

Reeling It In: New ‘Planet of the Apes’ film impresses

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Twentieth Century Fox 2 hours, 10 minutes   One of the pop-culture blogs I read recently did a… Continue reading

This photo released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation shows Andy Serkis as Caesar in a scene from the film, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibits ■ For the month of July, the Kenai Fine Art Center will host an exhibit of quilting from around the state, coordinated… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: Be patient - 'Recognition' will come

The Bookworm Sez: Be patient – ‘Recognition’ will come

What you wouldn’t give to spend one more day. Your loved one has been gone — what? Weeks? Years? It seems like forever, and missing… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: Be patient - 'Recognition' will come

Capture summer’s sweetness in fresh peach and nectarine dishes

If you’ve bitten into a peach or nectarine lately, you already know this year’s crop is exceptionally delicious and flavorful. With supplies good and prices… Continue reading

  • Jul 15, 2014
  • By Sue Ade
  • Food

Alaska Unhinged: Spit overload

The Fourth of July celebration was enveloped by such a superb three day weather forecast that northern worker bees were attracted to our area in… Continue reading

Community News and Notes

A special thank to all who supported Far North Derby through a successful event! Far North Derby would like to congratulate and thank Kevin Michaelson… Continue reading

Here’s the Thing: Summertime is on your side

Are you a campfire? ‘Cause you’re hot, and I want s’more. As I glance at social media, my Alaskan buddies are posting breath taking pictures… Continue reading

Learning for Life: Food preservation resources

It is 8 p.m., you are ready to start canning fish but can’t find your Cooperative Extension Service publication, “Canning the Catch.” And what, the… Continue reading

Business news

Chambers set schedules ■ The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce will host a joint luncheon at noon on July 16 at the Kenai Visitor… Continue reading

Photo courtesy John Morton The library at Ephesus, a Greco-Roman city in Turkey that persisted for 2,500 years while contemporary Aleuts and Dena'ina were settling the Kenai Peninsula.

Refuge Notebook: Tracking time in the New and Old Worlds

I had the good fortune to take a cruise through the Mediterranean this summer, focusing on ports with archaeological sites. My family marveled at Greco-Roman… Continue reading

Photo courtesy John Morton The library at Ephesus, a Greco-Roman city in Turkey that persisted for 2,500 years while contemporary Aleuts and Dena'ina were settling the Kenai Peninsula.

An Outdoor View: Chaos at the boat ramp

Let’s talk about one of the most hazardous areas for small boats, their owners and passengers, the launch ramp.For various reasons, boats, trailers and vehicles… Continue reading

This June 9, 2014 photo shows extreme hiker/biker Adam Bradley checking off items on his resupply list for a 16,000-mile trip that will start at his back door in Reno in July. It is a half and half cycling and walking trip. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

Long haul: Adventurer plans on hiking, biking 16,000 remote miles

RENO, Nev. — After Adam Bradley walks with his wife, Shelly Culbertson, to her workplace about six miles from their Reno home, the couple will… Continue reading

This June 9, 2014 photo shows extreme hiker/biker Adam Bradley checking off items on his resupply list for a 16,000-mile trip that will start at his back door in Reno in July. It is a half and half cycling and walking trip. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)
This photo provided by St. Lynn's Press shows the first step to gather plants materials for making an original eco dyed scarf. For this particular scarf, eucalyptus leaves (both in the dye as well as in the bundled scarf), marigold petals, red and yellow onion skins, red rose petal and avocado skins were used.  (AP Photo/St. Lynn's Press, Chris McLaughlin)

A garden to dye for

Homegrown botanical dyes are in, part of today’s shift toward more natural and organic living.And you don’t need a degree in chemistry to create your… Continue reading

This photo provided by St. Lynn's Press shows the first step to gather plants materials for making an original eco dyed scarf. For this particular scarf, eucalyptus leaves (both in the dye as well as in the bundled scarf), marigold petals, red and yellow onion skins, red rose petal and avocado skins were used.  (AP Photo/St. Lynn's Press, Chris McLaughlin)

How is your garden growing?

A friend has been giving me fresh cucumbers already, which make for delicious salads. His greenhouse has been very productive.Keeping a garden was the first… Continue reading

Church news

Soldotna Church of God’s annual Destiny Conference takes place July 12-20. Come listen to speakers from across the country, including Rick Benjamin, Stan Holder, Kent… Continue reading

Reeling it in: ‘Echo’ follows in footsteps of ‘E.T.’

“Earth to Echo” Relativity Media 1 hour, 29 minutes     I am currently writing from the mountains of rural Vermont, and all the power… Continue reading