Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  In this July 2, 2013 file photo - halibut of all sizes are lined up after a trip with Alaska Gulf Coast Expeditions in the Cook Inlet.

Hunting for halibut a good option for early season anglers

As the calm and unseasonably warm weather continues in the Cook Inlet, many anglers are looking to the sea to start their fishing seasons. Charter… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  In this July 2, 2013 file photo - halibut of all sizes are lined up after a trip with Alaska Gulf Coast Expeditions in the Cook Inlet.

Les Palmer: The state of the Kenai, Part 2

Author’s note: Part 2 in a series of two columns.Over the years, fish habitat and the quality of the fishing experience have deteriorated on the… Continue reading

The Hokulea sailing canoe is seen off Honolulu on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The Polynesian voyaging canoe is setting off on a 3-year voyage around the world, navigating using no modern instrumentation. (AP Photo/Sam Eifling)

Legendary Hawaii canoe embarks on global odyssey

HONOLULU — To take the Hokulea for a spin off the coast of Oahu is to see the Hawaiian islands in perhaps the same way… Continue reading

The Hokulea sailing canoe is seen off Honolulu on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The Polynesian voyaging canoe is setting off on a 3-year voyage around the world, navigating using no modern instrumentation. (AP Photo/Sam Eifling)
Photo courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Trainers and course participants help simulate the disorienting nature of being turned upside down while underwater in a shaking aircraft.

Refuge Notebook: Surviving an aircraft crash in the water

“Mayday! The engine has failed! This is an emergency! Prepare for ditching!” These dreaded words hopefully no one hears. However, in the event of an… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Trainers and course participants help simulate the disorienting nature of being turned upside down while underwater in a shaking aircraft.

Les Palmer: The state of the Kenai part 1

Author’s note: Part one of a series of two.The vitality of the Kenai River is threatened. Power boat wakes and stream bank development have contributed… Continue reading

Before you ride, get your bike in tune

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Once upon a time, bikes were pretty simple and durable machines, but as they’ve improved mechanically, they’ve also become more complex.If… Continue reading

Maximum extent of the last major (Naptowne) glaciation compared to localities where fossils have been found.

Refuge Notebook: Ice-age mammals on the Kenai Peninsula – an update

In her 2008 book, “Kachemak Bay communities, their histories, their mysteries,” Janet Klein first published information about the fossils of extinct woolly mammoths found along… Continue reading

Maximum extent of the last major (Naptowne) glaciation compared to localities where fossils have been found.

Les Palmer: Angling ethics

Angling — fishing with hook and line — has a long history. It was already highly developed when Stone Age artists were painting fishing and… Continue reading

This photo provided by courtesy of Dave Estis shows duck calls created by Tate Estis in a workshop at his home in New Kent, Va. Tate Estis was so fascinated by the duck calls he and his father used to duck hunt, he started pulling them apart to see how they worked and eventually he made them. Every duck call he creates is unique. (AP Photo/Dave Estis)

Handmade duck calls attract a following

When Scott Simmons received a wooden duck call in college, he was instantly intrigued by the possibility of making one.“I recognized then that those little… Continue reading

This photo provided by courtesy of Dave Estis shows duck calls created by Tate Estis in a workshop at his home in New Kent, Va. Tate Estis was so fascinated by the duck calls he and his father used to duck hunt, he started pulling them apart to see how they worked and eventually he made them. Every duck call he creates is unique. (AP Photo/Dave Estis)
This Jan. 18, 2014 photo shows an unidentified climber making her way up the Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, Colo. Chicks with Picks, a company founded to introduce the sport of ice climbing to women, holds several clinics each winter in in the Ouray Ice Park,  a city-owned facility with man-made ice in a natural gorge. (AP Photo/Donna Bryson)

Empowering women, one ice pick at a time

OURAY, Colo. — The timpani beat of cramponed boots thudding into ice. The treble tick-tock of scythe-like picks digging the next foothold. A sudden chord… Continue reading

This Jan. 18, 2014 photo shows an unidentified climber making her way up the Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, Colo. Chicks with Picks, a company founded to introduce the sport of ice climbing to women, holds several clinics each winter in in the Ouray Ice Park,  a city-owned facility with man-made ice in a natural gorge. (AP Photo/Donna Bryson)

Five recreational activities to explore before tourists arrive

Now that the calendar has rolled over to May and the days have grown longer, the great outdoors is beckoning to be explored. Don’t let… Continue reading

Photo by John Morton, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Greater White-fronted, Lesser Snow and Canada Geese, and a few ducks (Northern Pintail, Mallard, Green-winged Teal) flock together on the Kenai Flats.

Refuge Notebook: Spring migration comes to Kenai

Periodically, even through the cold of winter, I drive into Boat Launch Road at the Port of Kenai to use the wildlife viewing platform. It’s… Continue reading

Photo by John Morton, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Greater White-fronted, Lesser Snow and Canada Geese, and a few ducks (Northern Pintail, Mallard, Green-winged Teal) flock together on the Kenai Flats.

Les Palmer: Life’s Great Questions

I have a few questions, but one of them isn’t “What is life all about.” If you live on the Kenai Peninsula, you don’t have… Continue reading

Fly fishing humorist to host TU film fest

Fly fishing humorist to host TU film fest

Looking for his next great fishing adventure, the self-proclaimed, “world’s greatest fly fishing guide” Hank Patterson is making his first trip to Alaska this weekend… Continue reading

Fly fishing humorist to host TU film fest
Kids who participate in the first-ever Youth Game Warden Camp will receive a t-shirt with this cool logo.

Refuge Notebook: Kenai Refuge sponsors first Game Warden Camp for Youth

Have you ever wondered what a game warden does? How about boating on some of the Kenai Peninsula’s largest lakes and popular rivers to check… Continue reading

Kids who participate in the first-ever Youth Game Warden Camp will receive a t-shirt with this cool logo.

Les Palmer: Don’t run!

Author’s note: This column first appeared in the Clarion Jan. 23, 2004. With both bears and people starting to emerge from their dens this month,… Continue reading

Samantha and Eric Tipler head out with dogs Cash, right, and Gadget for a hike in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness area near Klamath Falls, Ore., March 23, 2014.  Exploring the endless trails in the Klamath Basin has to offer is made even more enjoyable when your faithful companion, your dog, is along for the journey, too.(AP Photo/Herald and News, Steve Silton)

Hiking with dogs: know your pets’ limitations

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Exploring the endless trails the Klamath Basin has to offer is made even more enjoyable when your faithful companion, your… Continue reading

Samantha and Eric Tipler head out with dogs Cash, right, and Gadget for a hike in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness area near Klamath Falls, Ore., March 23, 2014.  Exploring the endless trails in the Klamath Basin has to offer is made even more enjoyable when your faithful companion, your dog, is along for the journey, too.(AP Photo/Herald and News, Steve Silton)
ADVANCE FOR TEH WEEKEND OF APRIL 19-20 AND THEREAFTER - Reflective clothing, lights and other gear make for a safe bicycle commute for a bicyclist in Boise, Idaho, in this April, 2014, photo.  Making yourself highly visible is one of many safety tips for bike commuters. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Pete Zimowsky)

Commuting by bike: be seen, be safe, and enjoy

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Amid mirror-like puddles from an overnight spring rain on the Boise Greenbelt, Neil Jenkins leaned into a curve on his daily… Continue reading

ADVANCE FOR TEH WEEKEND OF APRIL 19-20 AND THEREAFTER - Reflective clothing, lights and other gear make for a safe bicycle commute for a bicyclist in Boise, Idaho, in this April, 2014, photo.  Making yourself highly visible is one of many safety tips for bike commuters. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Pete Zimowsky)
Photo courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge/Berkley Bedell Join in a special Earth Day Event on Kenai Refuge Wilderness, April 22 (7 PM), at the Kenai Peninsula College.

Refuge Notebook: Kenai Refuge celebrates Wilderness on Earth Day

The first Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 and was the product of local grassroots action to increase environmental awareness and to garner support… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge/Berkley Bedell Join in a special Earth Day Event on Kenai Refuge Wilderness, April 22 (7 PM), at the Kenai Peninsula College.

Les Palmer: In praise of drift boats

If you’ve never fished from a drift boat, you might want to add it to your bucket list. No one should exit life without having… Continue reading