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Refuge Notebook: Battered sallow moth caterpillars come and go

Refuge Notebook: Battered sallow moth caterpillars come and go

In early June, I received multiple accounts of abundant black caterpillars stripping trees and shrubs of foliage around the Marsh Lake Trail off of Skilak… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Battered sallow moth caterpillars come and go
Alaska 20.

Alaska 20 splits league games in Anchorage

Staff report Now, Alaska 20 plays the waiting game. The local nine finished up its Alliance Baseball League schedule Tuesday in Anchorage, defeating Juneau 3-2… Continue reading

Alaska 20.
Alaska 20.

Twins top East as playoff chase heats up

The Alaska 20 defeated East 18-11 on Sunday at the Soldotna Little League fields to bolster the home nine’s chances of making the Alliance Baseball… Continue reading

Alaska 20.
Palmer sweeps Alaska 20

Palmer sweeps Alaska 20

Pioneers stage comebacks in both games

Palmer sweeps Alaska 20
Along the shores of Resurrection Bay is a good place to read a good book. (Photo by Kat Sorensen)

Tangled Up in Blue: Dog-eared

I never used bookmarks when I was growing up. I devoured books, both with my avid reading and my pervasive habit of marking all the… Continue reading

Along the shores of Resurrection Bay is a good place to read a good book. (Photo by Kat Sorensen)
Reeling ‘Em In: Kings still around at fishing hole while silvers not yet here

Reeling ‘Em In: Kings still around at fishing hole while silvers not yet here

The weather was phenomenal over the Fourth of July weekend. Visitors, as well as locals, seemed to enjoy barbecuing themselves along with the goodies they… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Kings still around at fishing hole while silvers not yet here
Refuge Notebook: This land is your land, this land is my land

Refuge Notebook: This land is your land, this land is my land

Bucket list! Once-in-a-lifetime! Saved up for years! Not enough time to see it all! Dream destination! I hear these exclamations at the refuge’s visitor center… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: This land is your land, this land is my land
Eagle River sweeps Alaska 20

Eagle River sweeps Alaska 20

Eagle River swept Alaska 20 on Tuesday at the Kenai Little League fields. Eagle River took the Alliance Baseball League contest 13-2 before collecting the… Continue reading

Eagle River sweeps Alaska 20
Alaska 20 pitcher Mose Hayes throws the ball to teammate Tanner Ussing while Dimond player Logan Sweet dives back onto first base during a Saturday, July 4, 2020 Alliance Baseball League game at Karen Hornaday Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Alaska 20 splits doubleheader in Homer

In a rare appearance in Homer, Alaska 20 split an Independence Day doubleheader with Dimond on Saturday. Alaska 20 moved to 3-2 in the Alliance… Continue reading

Alaska 20 pitcher Mose Hayes throws the ball to teammate Tanner Ussing while Dimond player Logan Sweet dives back onto first base during a Saturday, July 4, 2020 Alliance Baseball League game at Karen Hornaday Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The view from Slaughter Gulch trail in Cooper Landing, Alaska, on June 20, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Life on the Edge

Are you a planner? An organizer? A list-maker? I’m not. I love not knowing what tomorrow will bring, and when it comes to taking a… Continue reading

The view from Slaughter Gulch trail in Cooper Landing, Alaska, on June 20, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Refuge Notebook: Rains, rocks and trail work on the Swanson River

Refuge Notebook: Rains, rocks and trail work on the Swanson River

Rain pounded against the windshield, encouraging a creeping melancholy as I drove myself and a volunteer north on the Sterling Highway toward Swanson River Road.… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2020
Refuge Notebook: Rains, rocks and trail work on the Swanson River
Alaska 20.

Alaska 20 splits with Eagle River

Alaska 20 picked up a league victory and took a nonleague loss on the road against Eagle River on Wednesday. Alaska 20 is now 2-2… Continue reading

Alaska 20.
Chad Anderson of Kasilof and Allie Ostrander guide Everett Anderson, 3, to the finish line Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Salmon Run Series at Tsalteshi Trails. Getting the free ride on Chad’s shoulders is Ben Anderson, 2. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Salmon Run Series announces race details

The Salmon Run Series announced details for the 2020 event Wednesday. The series will take place this season in Soldotna, instead of at Tsalteshi Trails.… Continue reading

Chad Anderson of Kasilof and Allie Ostrander guide Everett Anderson, 3, to the finish line Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Salmon Run Series at Tsalteshi Trails. Getting the free ride on Chad’s shoulders is Ben Anderson, 2. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska 20.

South sweeps Alaska 20

South notched a Sunday sweep of the Alaska 20, notching a 4-1 Alliance Baseball League victory and an 11-1 nonleague victory. Alaska 20 falls to… Continue reading

Alaska 20.
The view of Seward from the top of Mt. Marathon was a cloudy one on Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Photo by Kat Sorensen)

Tangled Up in Blue: Shifting clouds

Every cloudy day is different. On a bluebird day, from the window above my bed to the shores of Resurrection Bay, the view is the… Continue reading

The view of Seward from the top of Mt. Marathon was a cloudy one on Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Photo by Kat Sorensen)
Tales of a Federal Wildlife Officer: Brown bears at Russian River

Tales of a Federal Wildlife Officer: Brown bears at Russian River

The opening of this year’s sockeye fishery at the Kenai/Russian River confluence brought reports of two yearling brown bear cubs making regular appearances along the… Continue reading

Tales of a Federal Wildlife Officer: Brown bears at Russian River
Wasilla sweeps Alaska 20

Wasilla sweeps Alaska 20

Alaska 20 dropped 15-0 and 18-5 decisions to Wasilla on Wednesday at the Kenai Little League fields. The Twins fell to 1-1 in the Alliance… Continue reading

Wasilla sweeps Alaska 20
Alaska 20 shortstop Mose Hayes throws to first base during practice Monday, June 8, 2020, at the Soldotna baseball fields in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaska 20 notches 1st win of season

The Alaska 20 picked up its first victory of the Alliance Baseball League season Saturday, topping Palmer 5-4 in Anchorage. The Twins then lost to… Continue reading

Alaska 20 shortstop Mose Hayes throws to first base during practice Monday, June 8, 2020, at the Soldotna baseball fields in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Dunlins, western sandpipers and a dowitcher feed on Saturday, May 2, 2020, on the Homer Spit near Green Timbers in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: In the midst of a pandemic, birds are constant

Scattered on my desk I have three journals: my bullet journal, the daily planner that sort of keeps my life in order; my bird journal… Continue reading

Dunlins, western sandpipers and a dowitcher feed on Saturday, May 2, 2020, on the Homer Spit near Green Timbers in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Refuge Notebook: Kenai fuel break will extend protection of communities

Refuge Notebook: Kenai fuel break will extend protection of communities

It’s no secret that wildfires play a significant ecological role in Alaska’s boreal forests, including those here on the western Kenai Peninsula. Everyone who drives… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Kenai fuel break will extend protection of communities