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During this time of uncertainty, the author vacillates between being outdoors and binge watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” (Photo courtesy of Kat Sorensen)

Tangled Up in Blue: Lonely among us

I set daily goals to accomplish during this universal pandemic, a different kind of frontier.

During this time of uncertainty, the author vacillates between being outdoors and binge watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” (Photo courtesy of Kat Sorensen)
Crested auklets are just one of 30 species of seabirds that we study, but theyղe one of the strangest with their otherworldy eyes, showgirl plumes and tangerine odor. The citrus odor may be important for repelling pests. (Photo by Michael Johns/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: Introducing Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge

We’ve probably already met, but you didn’t realize it. We’re the other national wildlife refuge headquartered on the Kenai Peninsula. If you’ve taken a Kenai… Continue reading

Crested auklets are just one of 30 species of seabirds that we study, but theyղe one of the strangest with their otherworldy eyes, showgirl plumes and tangerine odor. The citrus odor may be important for repelling pests. (Photo by Michael Johns/USFWS)
The Peninsula Oilers play the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Oilers cancel 2020 season

The Peninsula Oilers have canceled their 2020 season, stopping the string of consecutive summers the Alaska Baseball League team has entertained the central Kenai Peninsula… Continue reading

The Peninsula Oilers play the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai River Brown Bears forward Max Helgeson and goalie Landon Pavlisin keep the Fairbanks Ice Dogs from scoring Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

NAHL cancels regular season; ASAA ceases spring activities; Ski marathon, triathlon canceled in Homer

The Kenai River Brown Bears players were released to return home after the North American Hockey League canceled the rest of its regular season Monday… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Max Helgeson and goalie Landon Pavlisin keep the Fairbanks Ice Dogs from scoring Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

ACS sweeps Southcentral titles

The Anchorage Christian Schools girls basketball team defeated Nikiski 88-38 on Saturday in the championship game of the Southcentral Conference basketball tournament. With the victory… Continue reading

Nikiski-ACS girls, ACS-Grace boys to play for Southcentral titles

The Nikiski girls earned a fourth straight trip to the Class 3A state tournament by toppling Kenai Central 37-25 on Friday in the semifinals of… Continue reading

Semifinals set at Southcentral Conference tournament

The Homer, Kenai and Nikiski girls, and Homer and Seward boys, advanced to the semifinals after the first day of the Southcentral Conference tournament Thursday… Continue reading

New Mexico Ice Wolves forward Tristan Rand shields the puck from Kenai River Brown Bears forward Daymin Dodge on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

NAHL pauses season; Bears won’t play Friday, Saturday

The Kenai River Brown Bears will not play the Northeast (Massachusetts) Generals on Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex after the North… Continue reading

New Mexico Ice Wolves forward Tristan Rand shields the puck from Kenai River Brown Bears forward Daymin Dodge on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Refuge Notebook: Birds of the World resource wows

Recently a friend asked me for information about spruce grouse. I am sure he saw the slight look of panic as I thought about what… Continue reading

The author and a friend ski the hayfield loop on Feb. 24, 2020 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Back to basics

What do column writing and cross-country skiing have in common? Sometimes, they’re like pulling teeth. There are some days when the words just don’t seem… Continue reading

The author and a friend ski the hayfield loop on Feb. 24, 2020 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Seward’s Anevay Ambrosiani and Sequoia Sieverts fight with Kenai’s Damaris Severson for the ball Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Coronavirus postpones state, NLC basketball; Southcentral tourney still on

The Alaska School Activities Association announced Wednesday that the state basketball tournament and cheerleading state championships have been postponed due to concerns about the new… Continue reading

Seward’s Anevay Ambrosiani and Sequoia Sieverts fight with Kenai’s Damaris Severson for the ball Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna’s Bradley Walters won the boys varsity race during the Government Peak Invitational on Friday. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)

Area skiers, bikers excel at Tour of Anchorage

Kenai Peninsula endurance athletes put together a host of top finishes Sunday at the Tour of Anchorage, a series of ski and fat bike races… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Bradley Walters won the boys varsity race during the Government Peak Invitational on Friday. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)
Kenai River Brown Bears forward Max Helgeson and goalie Landon Pavlisin keep the Fairbanks Ice Dogs from scoring Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Bears goalie Pavlisin earns NAHL Midwest Division Star of Week

Kenai River Brown Bears goaltender Landon Pavlisin was named the Bauer Hockey Midwest Division Star of the Week by the North American Hockey League on… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Max Helgeson and goalie Landon Pavlisin keep the Fairbanks Ice Dogs from scoring Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Bears sweep Bulls, Weeks sets NAHL games played record

Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Preston Weeks couldn’t stop smiling before Friday’s North American Hockey League game against the Amarillo (Texas) Bulls at the Soldotna… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Rodriguez claims top bantamweight ranking in state with TKO in AFC 157

For the first time in nearly 15 years, the Kenai Peninsula is home to an Alaska Fighting Champion. When Soldotna’s own Victor Rodriguez climbed to… Continue reading

  • Mar 7, 2020

Peninsula hoops roundup

The Soldotna girls basketball team went on the road to defeat Palmer 46-33 on Saturday and lock up the No. 3 seed at the Northern… Continue reading

Nikolaevsk girls, Lumen boys win Peninsula Conference titles; CIA girls, Nikolaevsk boys also nab state berths

The Lumen Christi boys and Nikolaevsk girls won Peninsula Conference titles Friday night at Cook Inlet Academy. Lumen Christi defeated Ninilchik 51-28, while Nikolaevsk defeated… Continue reading

  • Mar 7, 2020

Nikolaevsk-CIA girls, Lumen-Ninilchik boys to play for Peninsula Conference titles

The Nikolaevsk and Cook Inlet Academy girls and Lumen Christi and Ninilchik boys advanced to the finals of the Peninsula Conference tournament at Cook Inlet… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Preston Weeks moves the puck up the ice against the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Bears’ Weeks set to beat all-time NAHL games record

When the Kenai River Brown Bears began play in the 2007-08 season, it was easy to imagine a local player catching on with the team,… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Preston Weeks moves the puck up the ice against the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Refuge Notebook: Metabarcoding in our backyard

I like low key, low tech, cheap science. That is part of why I became an entomologist. I love that I can walk out the… Continue reading