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Kenai River Brown Bears forward Brandon Lajoie pulls up against the Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Brown Bears compete at Top Prospects

Six members of the Kenai River Brown Bears played for the Midwest Division at the 2021 North American Hockey League Top Prospects Tournament on Saturday… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Brandon Lajoie pulls up against the Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Mike Ferrara of the Mat-Su Miners dives safely back to first base in front of Oilers first baseman Bryce Marsh on Monday, June 21, 2021, at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Miners sweep doubleheader from Oilers

The Mat-Su Miners swept an Alaska Baseball League doubleheader from the Peninsula Oilers on Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai. The Miners won… Continue reading

Mike Ferrara of the Mat-Su Miners dives safely back to first base in front of Oilers first baseman Bryce Marsh on Monday, June 21, 2021, at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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Hitchcock, Hippchen win Midnight Sun Run

The Family Fun in the Midnight Sun Run was held Saturday in Nikiski. Becca Hitchcock won the women’s 5-kilometer race in 24 minutes, 39 seconds,… Continue reading

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Norris, Laukli take Bird Ridge titles

A pair of elite cross-country skiers won the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb on Sunday at Bird Ridge in Anchorage. In the men’s race, David… Continue reading

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Palmer sweeps Twins

The American Legion Twins were swept Sunday in Palmer to fall to 1-3 in the league and 2-6 overall. Despite the losses, Twins head coach… Continue reading

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Runners in the first prelim of the women's 3000-meter steeplechase cast shadows at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Sunday, June 20, 2021, in Eugene, Ore., at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Ostrander advances to steeplechase final at Olympic trials

Allie Ostrander, a 2015 graduate of Kenai Central, finished fifth in her 3,000-meter steeplechase heat race Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials… Continue reading

Runners in the first prelim of the women's 3000-meter steeplechase cast shadows at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Sunday, June 20, 2021, in Eugene, Ore., at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Sunday Oilers games postponed by rain

The Mat-Su Miners and Peninsula Oilers were once again not able to play an Alaska Baseball League game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park on Sunday… Continue reading

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Rain sets up Sunday doubleheader for Oilers

The Alaska Baseball League game between the Peninsula Oilers and Mat-Su Miners scheduled for Saturday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai was canceled… Continue reading

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Lydia Jacoby participates in the Women’s 100 Breaststroke during wave 2 of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Monday, June 14, 2021, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

It’s official: Jacoby makes Olympic team

After Seward 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby finished second in the 100-meter breaststroke finals at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Nebraska on Tuesday, coach Solomon… Continue reading

Lydia Jacoby participates in the Women’s 100 Breaststroke during wave 2 of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Monday, June 14, 2021, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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South sweeps Twins

The American Legion Twins fell to 1-2 in the league and 2-4 overall after getting swept by South on Saturday in Anchorage. South is now… Continue reading

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Soldotna’s Megan Youngren competes in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Alexandra Sizemore)

Soldotna’s Youngren wins Mayor’s Marathon

Soldotna’s Megan Youngren won the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon on Saturday on her 30th birthday. Youngren finished in 3 hours, 7 minutes and 43 seconds to… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Megan Youngren competes in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Alexandra Sizemore)
Range (shown in red) of the northern flying squirrel in Alaska. (Source: Alaska Fish and Game)

Refuge Notebook: Myth or mystery — flying squirrels on the Kenai

The northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) is somewhat of an enigma to the Kenai Peninsula. While it has an established home in the Interior and… Continue reading

Range (shown in red) of the northern flying squirrel in Alaska. (Source: Alaska Fish and Game)
Homer News reporter Sarah Knapp (kneeling) is pictured with the Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park volunteer group who cleared South Eldred Trail during National Trails Day on June 5. The group was able to clear half a mile of the trail. Pictured left to right are Kristine Moerlein, Amy Holman, Kathy Sarns, Lyn Maslow, Ruth Dickerson and Kris Holderied. (Photo by Michael Singer)

Out of the Office: Finding Home in Alaska

“The story is it’s dark, it’s cold, it’s unfriendly and there are wild animals that’ll eat you.” That is the story of Alaska, or so… Continue reading

Homer News reporter Sarah Knapp (kneeling) is pictured with the Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park volunteer group who cleared South Eldred Trail during National Trails Day on June 5. The group was able to clear half a mile of the trail. Pictured left to right are Kristine Moerlein, Amy Holman, Kathy Sarns, Lyn Maslow, Ruth Dickerson and Kris Holderied. (Photo by Michael Singer)
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Lydia Jacoby participates in the Women’s 100 Breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Monday in Omaha, Nebraska.

Jacoby misses mark in the 200, still waiting for spot on Team USA in the 100

Jacoby will have a better idea by Friday or Saturday about whether she made Team USA in the 100-meter breaststroke.

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Lydia Jacoby participates in the Women’s 100 Breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Monday in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Kenai River Brown Bears hockey team announced Keenan Kelly as its new head coach on June 15, 2021. (Photo provided)

Kelly to take over as Brown Bears head coach

Former head coach Kevin Murdock stepped down in early May.

The Kenai River Brown Bears hockey team announced Keenan Kelly as its new head coach on June 15, 2021. (Photo provided)
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Chinooks overpower Oilers

Kenai and Chugiak played evenly throughout the first two thirds of the game.

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Oilers fall to Bucs in Anchorage matchup

The Oilers couldn’t come back to defeat the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium on Tuesday night, losing 8-3. Owen Christy scored Kenai’s first run on… Continue reading

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Allie Ostrander competes in a women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase preliminary heat Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the NCAA Div. I Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas. (Photo provided by Boise State Athletics)

Ostrander pushes ahead with Olympic trials

The three-time NCAA Division champion opened up about her eating disorder treatment.

Allie Ostrander competes in a women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase preliminary heat Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the NCAA Div. I Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas. (Photo provided by Boise State Athletics)
Lydia Jacoby participates in the Women’s 100 Breaststroke during wave 2 of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Monday, June 14, 2021, in Omaha, Neb. On Tuesday Jacoby came in second to former Olympic gold medalist Lilly King in the finals, likely earning herself a spot on the Olympic team. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Jacoby likely to be 1st Alaska swimmer to make Olympics

She hopped out of the Olympic trials pool Tuesday night the second-fastest swimmer in the world for her event.

Lydia Jacoby participates in the Women’s 100 Breaststroke during wave 2 of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Monday, June 14, 2021, in Omaha, Neb. On Tuesday Jacoby came in second to former Olympic gold medalist Lilly King in the finals, likely earning herself a spot on the Olympic team. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Lydia Jacoby participates in the Women’s 100 Breaststroke during wave 2 of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Monday, June 14, 2021, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Jacoby advances, closer to qualifying for Olympics

Jacoby beat the national age group record for 17- to 18-year-olds in her semifinal race

Lydia Jacoby participates in the Women’s 100 Breaststroke during wave 2 of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Monday, June 14, 2021, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)