An Outdoor View: The sailor's walk

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 18:14

This column first appeared in the Clarion on March 31, 2006.

The “sailor’s walk,” best described as sort of a lurching swagger, is an interesting phenomenon.

The lurching occurs when someone who has been on the water for a while goes ashore and tries to walk. When you’...

Adventures with Hazel: Hiking with kids is its own kind of epic

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 18:14

CAMANO, Wash. (AP) — I like to hike. No, I love to hike. Or, to say it another way, hiking is the only thing I’ll happily get up early for.

So, of course, I want my daughter to love to hike. I fantasize about hiking the PCT with her or going on other epic adventures.

Right now,...

Spiders are among most effective predators of plant pests

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 18:14

Although many people have a built-in aversion to them, spiders rank as one of the gardener’s best tools for biological pest control.

They also are one of the few pest predators that don’t eat plants.

“Spiders eat the (equivalent insect) weight of all the humans on earth annually,”...

Kenai River to open for king salmon retention

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 21:26

Anglers will have a shot at taking Kenai River king salmon for keeps starting Saturday.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order Thursday to open the Kenai River to king salmon retention from the mouth up to a marker about 300 yards downstream of Slikok Creek. The...

Rich Lowry: President hasn't kept us safe

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 09:17

President Barack Obama desperately wanted to be a peacetime president, yet is ending his second term with Islamic terror attacks looming larger than at any time since 9/11.

The tide of war isn’t receding, as he famously contended in a speech on the Afghan drawdown in 2011; it is lapping...

Oilers fall to Goldpanners

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 00:22

A late rally fell short for the Peninsula Oilers Wednesday evening at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, and the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks walked away with a 2-1 nonleague victory.

The loss dropped Peninsula to 4-3 overall. Fairbanks is no longer competing in the Alaska Baseball...

Golfers of all ages enjoying sunshine at Bird Homestead

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 00:22

The weather has been great, and the course is looking beautiful. You may even think you are playing at a country club with how nice the greens are at Bird Homestead. It is the perfect time to go out to the course, and don’t forget about the daily specials; Monday is $1 a hole, Thursday is two...

From flour to flowers

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 11:28
Charlie's Pizza to become nursery

Steve Chamberlain has toiled over cutting boards and piping hot ovens for the last decade to bake what many residents of Nikiski call the best pizza around, and he’s loved it.

Chamberlain said he opened the doors to Charlie’s Pizza 10 years ago on June 7. The shop on the Kenai Spur...

BlueCrest answers questions on oil fracking

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 11:33

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the hieght of BlueCrests' drill rig. The rig's platform is 30 feet tall; the derrick mounted on top of it will be 180 feet tall. 

Within a few weeks drivers passing between Anchor Point and Ninilchik may see a new feature...

Walker wants balky House to act on using Fund earnings

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 21:40

All eyes are on the House Finance Committee.

The only legislative committee meeting late in the special session, it met for nearly seven hours on June 14 to hear testimony from the administration, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., and the public on Senate Bill 128, the compromise proposal...