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It’s that time of year again when we look forward to the New Year, look back at happenings from the past year, or steel our resolve to stop a vice or start building new character. Rather than recap happenings this past year or predict what will happen this next year on the Kenai National Wildlife ...

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:16pm

Author’s note: The following is based upon actual events, but is fiction. It first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion July 5, 2002. It has been edited for brevity. The scene is a gas station beside Highway 195, in the rolling, golden hills south of Spokane, Washington. Wh...

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:16pm

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — Ever since he was young, Steve Baskis wanted to serve in the military like his father and grandfather before him. But just eight months into his Army deployment in Iraq, in May 2008, Baskis lost his vision entirely during a military operation. Losing his sight didn’t mean Ba...

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:15pm

Saturday is the winter solstice. As most Alaskans know, this is when the sun reaches its lowest point on the horizon with zero hours of daylight north of the Arctic Circle. This is also when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, making it the longest day of the year in the southern hemis...

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 3:02pm

Right after “too many guides,” the most common complaint I hear about king salmon fishing on the lower Kenai River is that it’s “too crowded.” Other than having a poor run of kings, the only way to reduce crowding is to allow fewer boats on the lower river in July, when use is heaviest. Th...

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 3:01pm

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — During November, you can find a group of Cold Spring-area men working four days a week for a common cause inside the old opera house. Together, Al Nelson, Ray Schwagel, Mike Weber, Tim Stein, Ted Krebsbach, Jack Bell, Dave Mehr, Tom Bell, Tom Manuel and Chuck Kuebelbeck w...

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 3:01pm

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A Massachusetts startup is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone. The device, called the Copenhagen Wheel, is installed as part of a rear hub of a bike wheel and is packed with a proprietary comput...

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 3:01pm

SALT LAKE CITY.— An avalanche that was caught on video dragged a backcountry skier into a Utah ravine and buried her in snow, but the woman survived because she deployed a special air bag and other skiers were able to quickly dig her out, witnesses said Tuesday. Joe Campanelli was using his iPhone...

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 3:08pm

Gary Titus, a ranger at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, was honored as the 2013 winner of the Alaska Region U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Sense of Wonder Award. Gary was recognized for his outstanding achievement in the field of historical interpretation and preservation. The award recog...

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 3:08pm

Author’s note: This is yet another shameless attempt to lure readers into learning about fish by injecting a little science into a steamy romance novel. — LP Jenna was having a bad day, the kind that’s like Lincoln’s assassination, the Great San Francisco Earthquak...

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 3:08pm

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