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Reeling ‘Em In: Homer Spit looking like its own self again

Chinook fishing looks good in the fishing hole — but watch out for those seals.

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Oilers make return Saturday

The Peninsula Oilers begin their 2021 campaign Saturday, Sunday and Monday with a three-game series against the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks. The Oilers, like the… Continue reading

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A young bear grazes on roadside horsetails off Skilak Lake Road. (Colin Canterbury/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: Lots to spot this spring on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Fluffs of shiny black fur, russet red velvety noses, bright yellow mouths open wide. Spring babies will be making an appearance on the Kenai National… Continue reading

A young bear grazes on roadside horsetails off Skilak Lake Road. (Colin Canterbury/USFWS)
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Homer softball goes 1-1 at state

The Homer softball team went 1-1 on the opening day of the Division II state softball tournament Thursday at Cartee Fields in Anchorage. The first… Continue reading

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State baseball: SoHi gets historic win, Metz dazzles in loss

Homer starting pitcher Harrison Metz and the Soldotna baseball team both made history on the first day of the Division II state baseball tournament at… Continue reading

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Soldotna players congratulate Atticus Gibson (center, helmet in hand) on his grand slam in the second inning against Homer on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the Southcentral Conference tournament at the Soldotna Little League fields in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi, Homer ready for state baseball

Soldotna is making its first appearance at the state baseball tournament since 2016, while Homer is going for the first time since 2009. But the… Continue reading

Soldotna players congratulate Atticus Gibson (center, helmet in hand) on his grand slam in the second inning against Homer on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the Southcentral Conference tournament at the Soldotna Little League fields in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna’s Lexi Stormo slides under the tag of Homer pitcher Zoe Adkins on Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Southeast awaits Homer at state softball

The Homer softball team quickly coalesced into a Northern Lights Conference champion this season. Now, the Mariners face the even tougher task of breaking up… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Lexi Stormo slides under the tag of Homer pitcher Zoe Adkins on Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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Bird Homestead Golf Report: Course opens for season

Bird Homestead Golf Course is now open for the 2021 season. We had a spectacular start to men’s night, with 23 men coming out to… Continue reading

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Area players make state all-tourney team

Several Kenai Peninsula players earned all-tournament honors at the conclusion of the Division II state tournament Saturday in Anchorage. For the boys, Leif Lofquist was… Continue reading

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Ostrander takes 6th in steeplechase in Portland

Allie Ostrander, a 2015 graduate of Kenai Central, finished sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Saturday at the Portland Track Festival in Oregon. The meet was… Continue reading

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Homer softball takes 4th straight NLC crown

The Homer softball team defeated Kodiak 18-17 on Saturday for the Northern Lights Conference championship. The Mariners win the tournament for the fourth-straight time. Homer… Continue reading

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Soldotna's Eli Cravens, Zach Burns, Trenton O'Reagan and Avery Reid celebrate winning the 400-meter relay at the Division I state track and field meet at Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, May 29, 2021. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)

SoHi girls, boys both take 3rd at state track

Behind individual champions Nathanael Johnson and Drysta Crosby-Schneider, the Soldotna track and field teams both finished third at the Division I state meet Friday and… Continue reading

Soldotna's Eli Cravens, Zach Burns, Trenton O'Reagan and Avery Reid celebrate winning the 400-meter relay at the Division I state track and field meet at Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, May 29, 2021. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)
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Bears take 1st playoff series in franchise history

The Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets 4-3 on Saturday at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota, to win the first playoff… Continue reading

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Soldotna's Maleda Denbrock runs to defend Thunder Mountain's Logan Miller at the Division II state championship game in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, May 29, 2021. (Photo by Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna girls, boys fall in state soccer finals

The Soldotna girls and boys soccer teams each took home a second-place trophy at the Division II state tournament at Service High School in Anchorage… Continue reading

Soldotna's Maleda Denbrock runs to defend Thunder Mountain's Logan Miller at the Division II state championship game in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, May 29, 2021. (Photo by Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna players congratulate Atticus Gibson (center, helmet in hand) on his grand slam in the second inning against Homer on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the Southcentral Conference tournament at the Soldotna Little League fields in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Palmer baseball wins Southcentral Conference title; Kodiak, SoHi get other state berths

The Soldotna baseball team earned its first berth to state since 2016 with a 15-0 victory in three innings over Homer on Saturday in the… Continue reading

Soldotna players congratulate Atticus Gibson (center, helmet in hand) on his grand slam in the second inning against Homer on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the Southcentral Conference tournament at the Soldotna Little League fields in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai pitcher Gabe Smith delivers to Palmer on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at the Southcentral Conference tournament at the Soldotna Little League fields in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Kodiak, Palmer baseball reach Southcentral final

The Palmer and Kodiak baseball teams each won twice Thursday at Soldotna Little League fields to earn Division II state berths and advance to the… Continue reading

Kenai pitcher Gabe Smith delivers to Palmer on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at the Southcentral Conference tournament at the Soldotna Little League fields in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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All 4 area soccer teams make state semis

Kenai Peninsula soccer squads went 4 for 4 in the opening round of the Division II state soccer tournament at various locations in Anchorage. The… Continue reading

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Soldotna’s Lexi Stormo slides under the tag of Homer pitcher Zoe Adkins on Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer softball looks to maintain NLC dominance

The Homer softball team will be looking for a fourth-straight Northern Lights Conference title and a 20th state berth in 21 tries at the conference… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Lexi Stormo slides under the tag of Homer pitcher Zoe Adkins on Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna’s Dylan Dahlgren makes a throw in the shot put during the first day of the Palmer Invitational on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Palmer High School in Palmer, Alaska. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)

Area track athletes ready for state

The Soldotna track and field team will look to follow up a sweep of the Region 3/Division I team titles with another solid performance at… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Dylan Dahlgren makes a throw in the shot put during the first day of the Palmer Invitational on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Palmer High School in Palmer, Alaska. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)
Ranger Nick Longobardi recording GoPro footage for Facebook content to bring sights from the refuge into your homes. (Photo by MJ Hendren/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: Adaptation as consistency?

This year has been one for the books. Many of us had to change and adapt the way we function in our everyday lives. The… Continue reading

Ranger Nick Longobardi recording GoPro footage for Facebook content to bring sights from the refuge into your homes. (Photo by MJ Hendren/USFWS)