The Asbury Park Convention Hall is seen here during a run taken by the author on Thursday, Oct. 18. In 1933, the cruise liner S.S. Morro Castle narrowly missed the convention center when the flaming ship beached on the coast of Asbury Park. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tangled up in Blue: Too many questions

“What are you going to write about for your column this week?” I’m spending two weeks visiting my parents in New Jersey and my mom… Continue reading

 

Refuge notebook: The impermanence of permafrost

By JOHN MORTON Ohio experienced a record-high temperature of 89 degrees last week as I was driving from Cleveland to Vermont. Strangely enough, I was… Continue reading

 

Passion and risk

Sept. 29 and 30 were not good days for me. On Sept. 29, I covered the 72-24 victory of the Soldotna football team over Kenai… Continue reading

 

Where two cottonwood mix

By DAWN ROBIN MAGNESS The natural landscapes of the Kenai Peninsula host about 60 percent of Alaska tree species, but when it comes to Populus,… Continue reading

Will Jenks, Christa Kennedy and Scott Johnson on fire assignment at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last month. (Photo provided by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)

Refuge Notebook: A tale of two refuges

By SCOTT JOHNSON Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the Sept. 14, 2018, edition of the Clarion. This past August,… Continue reading

Will Jenks, Christa Kennedy and Scott Johnson on fire assignment at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last month. (Photo provided by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)

Refuge notebook: The next generation of conservation pilots

If you were out at the Marsh Lake trail head in the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area, perhaps you noticed several groups of people looking into… Continue reading

Tangled up in Blue: Finding an average

By KAT SORENSEN While running the Kenai River Half Marathon last Sunday, here are some of the things I thought about: fall colors, sunglasses, whether… Continue reading

Tsalteshi gains support for new grants

The Tsalteshi Trails Association is hoping to add 4 miles to the trail system and has applied for a two-year Recreational Trails Program grant to… Continue reading

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge intern Kyra Clark rakes masses of the invasive waterweed elodea from the Soldotna-area Sport Lake on Tuesday, May 16. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Refuge notebook: Elodea plant species sees intriguing explosion

Editor’s note: This story has been republished to the web. It was originally published on July 27, 2018. By JOHN MORTON Kenai National Wildlife Refuge… Continue reading

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge intern Kyra Clark rakes masses of the invasive waterweed elodea from the Soldotna-area Sport Lake on Tuesday, May 16. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)
When Herring gull nestlings peck at the red dot on their parentճ bill, the parents regurgitate food. Is this an instinctive or learned behavior? (Photo credit by Todd Eskelin/Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)

Refuge notebook: Why seagulls have a red dot on their bill

By JOHN MORTON There are lots of “seagulls” flying around the Kenai Peninsula. At the mouth of the Kenai River alone, more than 30,000 Herring… Continue reading

When Herring gull nestlings peck at the red dot on their parentճ bill, the parents regurgitate food. Is this an instinctive or learned behavior? (Photo credit by Todd Eskelin/Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)
The Scandinavian shop of the author’s great-grandma. (Photo provided by Victoria Petersen)

Why fall is a favorite

This is my favorite time of year. Maybe because I was born teeter-tottering on the cusp of Leo and Virgo, one part holds on to… Continue reading

The Scandinavian shop of the author’s great-grandma. (Photo provided by Victoria Petersen)
Christa Kennedy and Izzie Giacomangeli double-buck a downed tree in July 2018 on Surprise Creek Trail within the Andrew Simons Wilderness Unit. (Photo provided by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)

Traditional hand tools maintain trails in Kenai Wilderness

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is 1.92 million acres. What many people don’t realize is that 1.3 million acres of this was designated as Kenai… Continue reading

Christa Kennedy and Izzie Giacomangeli double-buck a downed tree in July 2018 on Surprise Creek Trail within the Andrew Simons Wilderness Unit. (Photo provided by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)
The writer is seen here paddling on Sept. 13, 2018, during a trip throughout the Swan Lake Canoe Route in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and out the Moose River. (Photo by Kat Sorensen)

Tangled up in Blue: About regrets

I spent a recent warm September morning gliding across Gavia Lake in the Swan Lake Canoe Route on a stand up paddleboard, casting my line… Continue reading

The writer is seen here paddling on Sept. 13, 2018, during a trip throughout the Swan Lake Canoe Route in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and out the Moose River. (Photo by Kat Sorensen)
Right Mountain reflects off of Kenai Lake on June 6, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: That was summer

In Alaska, seasons seem to be things that are not so much enjoyed, but gotten through. As I say this, I hear the chorus of… Continue reading

Right Mountain reflects off of Kenai Lake on June 6, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
A pink salmon fights to escape an angler’s hook Aug. 24, 2016 near the Soldotna Visitor’s Center in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

Lull between silver salmon runs on the Kenai, plenty of pinks

Kenai Peninsula local’s process for catching pink salmon: —Throw a line out. —Get a tug, catch a glimpse of the prominent dark hump on the… Continue reading

A pink salmon fights to escape an angler’s hook Aug. 24, 2016 near the Soldotna Visitor’s Center in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

Unhinged Alaska: Slip slidin’ away

Can you feel it yet? There is definitely something different about nature’s pulse and the actions of her minions. It started several weeks back while… Continue reading

Danielle Lowrey, a Bristol Bay Native Association intern from Bethel, prepares a Van Dorn, which takes water samples that will later be filtered for algae concentration, on Kulik Lake in the Bristol Bay watershed on August 9, 2018. Mary Catharine Martin | SalmonState

Fish people: Upriver during a record year at Bristol Bay

As fishermen leave Dillingham and canneries shut down, the Wood River system in the Bristol Bay watershed brims with sockeye salmon. The second week of… Continue reading

Danielle Lowrey, a Bristol Bay Native Association intern from Bethel, prepares a Van Dorn, which takes water samples that will later be filtered for algae concentration, on Kulik Lake in the Bristol Bay watershed on August 9, 2018. Mary Catharine Martin | SalmonState
Cars pass over the Warren Ames Bridge over the Kenai River on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Anglers focus in on silvers and pinks on Kenai

Between the anglers lining the banks and the darkheaded seals bobbing up and down in the water, salmon headed up the Kenai River to spawn… Continue reading

Cars pass over the Warren Ames Bridge over the Kenai River on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
An adult male Calliope Hummingbird captured and banded near Inkom, Idaho. This is the smallest breeding bird in North America. (Photo provided by Todd Eskelin)

Hummingbirds take migration to a new level

In my career as a bird bander, I have banded over 20,000 birds and probably closer to 30,000 birds. I have banded small ones like… Continue reading

An adult male Calliope Hummingbird captured and banded near Inkom, Idaho. This is the smallest breeding bird in North America. (Photo provided by Todd Eskelin)
The author is seen here running the Lost Lake Trail. She is signed up for the 16-mile run on Aug. 25 and training for the race while dealing with a sprained ankle. (Photo provided by Kat Sorensen)

Tangled up in blue: A Sprained Relationship

A lot has been said about love. A lot has been said about running, but I never thought I’d look for a way to say… Continue reading

The author is seen here running the Lost Lake Trail. She is signed up for the 16-mile run on Aug. 25 and training for the race while dealing with a sprained ankle. (Photo provided by Kat Sorensen)