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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

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

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

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

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

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 drops 2 in Anchorage

Alaska 20 lost games to South and East on Sunday in Anchorage to see its record drop to 0-4 in nonleague play. Alaska 20 is… 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)
Student Julia Merculief in St. Paul, Alaska, explores refuge islands using virtual reality headsets. (Photo by Kendra Bush/USFWS)

Refuge notebook: Visiting remote refuge wilderness from a classroom desk

As the education specialist for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, it is my job to bring the wonders of the refuge’s wildlife and awe-inspiring… Continue reading

Student Julia Merculief in St. Paul, Alaska, explores refuge islands using virtual reality headsets. (Photo by Kendra Bush/USFWS)
Views from the Bird to Gird bike path on a long-awaited trip taken Friday, June 5, 2020, near Bird, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen)

Tangled Up in Blue: Hope all is well

I was just on my way to the Seward Trail Running Club meetup at Bear Mountain when I got a text from the Clarion’s esteemed… Continue reading

Views from the Bird to Gird bike path on a long-awaited trip taken Friday, June 5, 2020, near Bird, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen)
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 drops season openers

Alaska 20 opened its season by dropping a pair of nonconference games in Anchorage on Wednesday. Alaska 20, a summer baseball group of high school… 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)

Refuge Notebook: Aleutian Islands oddities can win bets

Want to win a beer bet? Ask someone the location of the most southerly point in Alaska. The answer isn’t in Southeast, near Ketchikan. Rather,… Continue reading

A wheelchair accessible path leads to the Russian River Falls on Sunday, May 24, 2020 in Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Trails that wind, hearts that find

As with a lot of things, Alaska has been lucky to be far removed and largely untouched by the disastrous health effects of the novel… Continue reading

A wheelchair accessible path leads to the Russian River Falls on Sunday, May 24, 2020 in Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Nikiski’s America Jeffreys celebrates a point with her team Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, against ACS at Nikiski High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikiski’s Jeffreys to play basketball at Bushnell

Staff report America Jeffreys, a 2020 graduate of Nikiski High School, signed a Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play basketball for NAIA school Bushnell… Continue reading

Nikiski’s America Jeffreys celebrates a point with her team Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, against ACS at Nikiski High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Jode Sparks runs to victory in the 10-mile men’s run at the Mouth to Mouth Wild Run and Ride on Monday, May 28, 2018, at the Kenai beach. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Races adjust to new coronavirus

Organizers have had to decide how to change their events to match the times.

Jode Sparks runs to victory in the 10-mile men’s run at the Mouth to Mouth Wild Run and Ride on Monday, May 28, 2018, at the Kenai beach. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
The women’s field takes to the course Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at the Mount Marathon Race in Seward, Alaska. Eventual winner Allie Ostrander is to the right of Christy Marvin (1). (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Mount Marathon Race canceled for 2020

The 93rd running of the race up and down the 3,022-foot mountain is rescheduled for July 4, 2021.

The women’s field takes to the course Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at the Mount Marathon Race in Seward, Alaska. Eventual winner Allie Ostrander is to the right of Christy Marvin (1). (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Chugiak’s Tyler Huffer stiff-arms Soldotna’s Hudson Metcalf during a scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

4 SoHi players to join college programs

A 2020 Soldotna High graduate class that was a key part of three Division II state titles and a 28-1 record will send four on… Continue reading

Chugiak’s Tyler Huffer stiff-arms Soldotna’s Hudson Metcalf during a scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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Tangled Up in Blue: Blunt cuts

I cut my own hair last night. After months of new coronavirus isolation and then a few too many, “Oh wow, Kat! Your hair is… Continue reading

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Refuge Notebook: The roles of morels

While people have been taking advantage of the abundance of morels following last year’s Swan Lake Fire, I have been asked many questions about them.… Continue reading

The Kenai River can be seen from the Funny River Campground on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Funny River, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Area fishing guides hit hard by pandemic

“If the quarantine doesn’t come off pretty soon, I think we’ll just be out of luck this year.”

The Kenai River can be seen from the Funny River Campground on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Funny River, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Tri-The-Kenai may be gone for good

The 10th running of the event this year would have been June 14.