Sports

Soldotna’s Youngren qualifies for US Olympic marathon trials

Soldotna’s Megan Youngren, 28, qualified Sunday for the U.S. Olympic Trials for marathon by clocking 2 hours, 43 minutes, 52 seconds, at the California International… Continue reading

 

Brown Bears sweep Jets to stay in 1st place

Friday night marked the return of defenseman Bryan Huggins to the lineup and the return of the Kenai River Brown Bears to the win column.… Continue reading

 

SoHi takes 6th at Grizzly Shakedown

South Anchorage won the Grizzly Shakedown on Saturday at Grace Christian in Anchorage, while Soldotna led the Kenai Peninsula by taking sixth. The tournament name… Continue reading

 

A field of skiers take off for a pair of races Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at the Black Stone Axe Ridge Warm Up Rally at the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Cross-country skiers rally at Tsalteshi

The snow dump early last week provided the perfect setting for Saturday’s Black Stone Axe Ridge Warm Up Rally, which organizers hope will be the… Continue reading

A field of skiers take off for a pair of races Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at the Black Stone Axe Ridge Warm Up Rally at the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikolaevsk volleyball takes 4th place at Mix Six state

The Nikolaevsk volleyball team took fourth place at the Mix Six state tournament Saturday at Dimond High School in Anchorage. Elizabeth Fefelov and Zachary Trail… Continue reading

Homer’s Fiona Hatton reaches for the puck during a Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 hockey game against Juneau-Douglas High School at the Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Prep hockey roundup: Homer sweeps Juneau, SoHi drops 2 games in Anchorage

The Homer hockey team swept fellow Railbelt Conference team Juneau-Douglas, winning 8-0 on Friday and 7-0 on Saturday at the Kevin Bell Arena. The Mariners… Continue reading

Homer’s Fiona Hatton reaches for the puck during a Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 hockey game against Juneau-Douglas High School at the Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Kenai River Brown Bears forward Cody Moline carries the puck behind the net against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Weekend preview: Bears welcome Jets for 2-game series

The resurgent Kenai River Brown Bears entered the Thanksgiving weekend with an unbeaten month of November and leading the North American Hockey League Midwest division.… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Cody Moline carries the puck behind the net against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

What’s new is old: Gutierrez returns to Brown Bears

One of the newest faces on the Kenai River Brown Bears roster is actually an old one who has returned to help bring the team… Continue reading

SoHi hockey falls to Chugiak

The Soldotna hockey team fell 6-2 to the Chugiak Mustangs Thursday night in a nonconference clash in Chugiak. A power play goal by Galen Brantley… Continue reading

Nikolaevsk wins 1st day at Mix Six state volleyball

The Nikolaevsk Warriors won and advanced Thursday at the Mix Six state volleyball championships at Dimond High School with a 2-1 win over Gustavus, which… Continue reading

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Out of the Office: What Makes an Alaskan?

Here’s a philosophical question for the readers out there —what qualifies someone as being “Alaskan”? Is it strictly a matter of time spent living here,… Continue reading

The author in his natural state — a newsroom.
Landsat 8 data showing the head (SE Corner) of the Swan Lake Fire on June 8, 2019. (Photo provided by John Morton)

Refuge Notebook: Managing Wildfire with Data

When you think of data-driven careers, the natural resource field is probably not the first profession that comes to mind. I envision a guy or… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2019
Landsat 8 data showing the head (SE Corner) of the Swan Lake Fire on June 8, 2019. (Photo provided by John Morton)

Pigskin Pick ‘Em: Hitting the final quarter of the year

We’ve reached the home stretch of the NFL season with 75% of the schedule completed after the 13th week of action. Speaking of the number… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2019

Cooper finishes 96th in biathlon race

Kenai’s Travis Cooper finished 96th out of 105 finishers Wednesday in an IBU World Cup biathlon race in Oestersund, Sweden. Cooper, a 2015 Kenai Central… Continue reading

SoHi wins wrestling dual with Kenai

The Soldotna Stars secured a dual meet victory Tuesday night at Kenai Central High School. The dual, which SoHi won 56-24, was scheduled as Kenai’s… Continue reading

Next level: Carstens among top scorers for Chicago State

Nikiski’s Bethany Carstens has carried her scoring touch to the college ranks this year as one of Chicago State’s top players. The Chicago State freshman… Continue reading

Refuge notebook: Taking the wild out of wildlife

I find this a little depressing. A 2018 study published by the National Academy of Sciences estimates that by weight, 70% of all birds on… Continue reading

Graduate student Sue Ives used this portable acrylic chamber with an infrared gas analyzer to measure carbon flow in a peatland on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo provided by the refuge)

Refuge notebook: Healthy peatlands store carbon and help salmon

After this last summer’s lightning, fires and long drought, it should be obvious that our local climate is becoming warmer and drier than longtime residents… Continue reading

Graduate student Sue Ives used this portable acrylic chamber with an infrared gas analyzer to measure carbon flow in a peatland on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo provided by the refuge)
A brave volunteer dressed up in a bat costume to help peers visualize the anatomy of a bat resulted in an unusual question. (Photo provided by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)

Refuge notebook: No silly questions

“Why don’t bats get dizzy from hanging upside down?” A second grade student at Tustumena Elementary School posed this excellent question to me. I stood… Continue reading

A brave volunteer dressed up in a bat costume to help peers visualize the anatomy of a bat resulted in an unusual question. (Photo provided by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)

Refuge notebook: Swan Lake Fire Story Map

The Swan Lake Fire was reported at 6:52 p.m. on June 5. Over the next 145 days, more than than 3,000 firefighters and support personnel… Continue reading

  • Dec 3, 2019