Soldotna defeats West to run winning streak to 40

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 23:41

Nearly seven years ago to the day Friday, the West Anchorage Eagles played the role of streak buster in a nonconference victory over the Soldotna Stars, which were then trying to break the state record for consecutive wins.

Friday night at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna, the Stars took a...

Playing outside

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 14:44

Not long ago I fell into a conversation with a fellow employee born about a decade before I was. We grew up under similar circumstances, and we marveled at all the freedom we had enjoyed to amuse ourselves as boys.

Necessity mothered a great deal of invention for my siblings and me. We...

I guess I'm a bike snob

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 14:44

I guess I’m a bike snob.

As I write this, I’m on vacation with extended family in New Hampshire. There’s lots of great mountain biking trails in the area, and I stopped by the local sport shop to see what they had in the way of bicycle rentals.

The shop is a perfectly fine small-town...

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 14:44

As part of the Local Food Festival the Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting a berry walk and demonstrating ways to safely can salmon in the home. The Berry Walk is scheduled for Monday, August 15, 2-4:00 pm starting at the Food Bank on K-Beach Road. The canning salmon workshop will...

An Outdoor View: Handlining halibut

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 13:22

(Author’s note: The Clarion first published this column in 2000. I’ve edited it for brevity. LP)

During a long night last winter, I decided I’d like to try handlining for halibut.

Handlining is an ancient means of fishing. Northwest Natives once fished for...

Hold OCS accountable

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 10:21

On January 9, 2006, Lisa Demer, with Anchorage Daily News wrote “No day in court” reporting about a settlement agreement in U.S. District Court between the Alaska Office of Children’s Services and Mark Ruby. In that article Lisa wrote; “hundreds of Alaska parent have been labeled as abusive or...

Don't put in Kasilof parking lot

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 10:19

With a $3.1 billion dollar state deficit, our representatives seem to have forgot that we as families have our own deficits.

This decision to let DNR come in and design a site plan that ill pave over our grasses and cut down the eagles’ trees on the north side of the Kasilof River is a...

Residents need to vote Aug. 16

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 10:26

Alaska is facing a $3.5 billion deficit in its spending that the Legislature has created.

The Governors veto of $660 million from the PFD payout reduced Alaskans dividend to $1,000.00. Thereby removing $660 million dollars from Alaska’s economy this fall. It also allows the next...

Football preview 2016: Big 1st night in Soldotna, coaching changes usher in start of season

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 14:18

A heavyweight showdown is set to go down tonight at Soldotna’s Justin Maile Field when a pair of defending state champions clash on the football field.

If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because it is.

It was only a year ago when the South Anchorage Wolverines showed up in...

Cross-country preview: Peninsula runners set to shine at state level again

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 23:35

After having a major impact on the statewide prep cross-country scene last year, the Kenai Peninsula stands poised to repeat the feat again in 2016.

The season gets started for a few teams at Saturday’s Colony Invitational. Then Monday at noon, most peninsula squads will compete in the...