Refuge Notebook: The bad biter par excellence

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:53

On a glorious, sunny day years ago after biking up the Resurrection Pass Trail to Juneau Lake, my companion and I paused to enjoy the spectacular alpine view and cool breeze by the water. The initial tranquility was brief. Within minutes, tens of flies the size of house flies landed on us and, with little delay, bit. These were unlike sneaky mosquitoes or black flies that can often take a blood meal without being detected; these things hurt!

Out of the Office: Researching the Russian River

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:53

I was standing waist deep in the Russian River with my rod tucked under my right arm. It was bent nearly in half, but it was my teeth clenched onto the line, not a sockeye’s, as I attempted to secure another sinker onto my rig. My pliers had gone the way of the river, as had the previous two or three rigs I had set up.

NordAq fined $100,000 for unplugged well

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:50

On Thursday the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission issued a $100,000 penalty and a $800,000 bond requirement to Alaskan independent oil and gas company NordAq Energy, Inc. for failing to plug an exploration well on its former lease on the west side of Cook Inlet.

Paddlers’ paradise: Canoeing the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:50

Lakes, portage trails and small rivers join together to make the Kenai Refuge Canoe System, which offers nearly 120 miles of trail traveling across 70 lakes throughout the Kenai Wildlife Refuge.

Central Kenai Peninsula sees more rain this summer than usual

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:50

Central Kenai Peninsula residents have gotten practice at being prepared for less than perfect weather this summer.

‘Fish for the Future’ program seeks to encourage catch and release for kings

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:38

Nearly every day this summer, someone has posted a photo to Fish for the Future’s Facebook page of a king salmon hooked, caught and released again on the Kenai or Kasilof rivers.

Man arrested for DUI after spilling screws on Seward Highway

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:50

Man arrested for DUI after spilling screws on Seward Highway

Smolts strengthen Salmon Run Series

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 01:31

Time flies when you’re running around and having fun.

Ostrander named Mountain West Female Athlete of Year

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:48

Boise State redshirt freshman Allie Ostrander was named the Mountain West Conference Female Athlete of the Year Wednesday after a breakout outdoor track and field season that culminated with an NCAA Division I championship.

Kerr pitches Oilers past Bucs in the rain

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:48

Temperatures were cool and the field was wet Wednesday evening at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, but the Peninsula Oilers were sizzling in the rain.