Sports

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
This adult male Bobolink was singing and displaying in a distant field near Homer, Alaska. With the aid of a 500mm lens, astute birders documented the first occurrence of this species on the Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Sarah Dzielski)

Refuge Notebook: The Future of the Bobolink

June 23, 2019 started as almost every other day this summer. Hot, dry weather dominated from Hope to Seldovia. It was, however, unique in the… Continue reading

This adult male Bobolink was singing and displaying in a distant field near Homer, Alaska. With the aid of a 500mm lens, astute birders documented the first occurrence of this species on the Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Sarah Dzielski)

Cooper opens biathlon season in Sweden

Kenai’s Travis Cooper opened up the 2019-20 World Cup biathlon season with a 108th-place finish Sunday in Oestersund, Sweden. Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway won… Continue reading

Brown Bears’ 10-game win streak snapped by Magicians

Whether it was the tryptophan from Thanksgiving Day turkey or the pressure of maintaining a win streak, the Kenai River Brown Bears couldn’t find the… Continue reading

Next level: Former Nikiski grad to play Div. I soccer College Cup

Nikiski’s Rachel Johnson (formerly Thompson) took another step in her soccer career as a collegiate goaltender after being announced to the College Cup team roster… Continue reading

Next level: Ninilchik’s White leads Treasure Valley CC to win

Ninilchik’s Austin White is already making an impact for his new college hoops team, Treasure Valley Community College, as a starting player. White was instrumental… Continue reading

The field of runners make their way down the Unity Trail early on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at the Turkey Trot in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Runners tackle sloppy conditions at Turkey Trot

Slushy pathways and icy roads couldn’t dampen the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday for the 91 runners that turned out for the annual Turkey Trot… Continue reading

The field of runners make their way down the Unity Trail early on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at the Turkey Trot in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai River Brown Bears forward Theo Thrun brings the puck up the ice on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, against the Minnesota Magicians at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Streaking Brown Bears head into series vs. Magicians

The red-hot Kenai River Brown Bears open a two-game weekend series at home against the Minnesota Magicians, with the puck dropping Friday and Saturday at… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Theo Thrun brings the puck up the ice on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, against the Minnesota Magicians at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Helgeson finds right fit with resurgent Brown Bears

When Anchorage’s Max Helgeson walked into the Kenai River Brown Bears main training camp in August as a free agent in the North American Hockey… Continue reading

Tangled Up In Blue: Running Through a Refuge

The Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge isn’t quiet. When I ran through the Kenai Wildlife Refuge in November, the only thing I heard was crunching… Continue reading

SoHi takes down slimmed-down Homer in dual meet

A handful of forfeits on the part of the Homer Mariners helped the Soldotna wrestling team to victory Wednesday during a dual meet between the… Continue reading

Brown Bears promote Hedlund to GM role

The Kenai River Brown Bears announced the promotion of Chris Hedlund to General Manager in a press release Wednesday. Hedlund will take over the GM… Continue reading