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Editor’s note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote “Perils of Polly.” She also has written a series of “Peril” columns about Australia, Asia, and Central America. Her perils continue in Argentina an...

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 9:44am

While trying to fathom what’s happening fishing-wise on the Kenai Peninsula this summer, I recalled one of my earliest fishing adventures, fishing in a mud puddle on the edge of the road near my house. I didn’t catch anything in that murky puddle, but at least I was fishing, unlike what many of ...

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 9:33am

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel up to Barrow and work as a wildlife tech on the Lemming Project. As an aspiring wildlife student from Georgia, this was an opportunity of a lifetime. Full of excitement, I immediately started doing research on lemmings. Through both my research an...

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 9:47am

It was now day two of being stuck in Purmamarca, Argentina, because of the flash flood. It was a beautiful village to be stuck in. The sun fairly glowed off the hill of seven colors, where gold, green, red, purple, and brown rocks glistened.

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 9:41am

A man in a hurry stepped right in front of my moving car in the Fred Meyer parking lot the other day. He didn't even know I was there. Either that, or he figured the risk of being killed was worth the four seconds he saved by darting in front of me. That guy was on a mission, and he wasn't alone. It...

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 9:22am

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is an excellent summer work and learning opportunity for local high school students. Hailing from Kenai, Soldotna, Kasilof, Clam Gulch, and Kenny Lake, this year's YCC enrollees are Lana Chesley, Joanne Glaves, Will Mahan, Jeff McNutt, Abbie Schierholt, Davina Schu...

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 10:02am

We were nestled safe and sound in our camper, tent set up, when the thunderstorm hit Purmamarca, an Andean village in Argentina.  Purmamarca, its name translated "Town of the Virgin Land," and its claim to fame the hill of seven colors, is perched next to a small river, two miles up from a major Argentine highway, Route 9.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 9:49am

Since the early 1970s, when I first started fishing Kenai Peninsula waters, this is the first year I haven't fished for king salmon in a stream. It's also the first time I haven't cooked a first-king-of-the-year to celebrate the occasion. I'm not alone. The fish that put Soldotna on the map has let ...

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 9:44am

The Kenai River personal-use dipnet fishery opened Tuesday to Alaska residents despite king restrictions and low numbers of other fish. Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be checking for violators as throngs of visitors from around the state visit both the Kenai and the Kasilof dipnet fisheries. Resident...

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 9:40am

Summer is finally here! As we welcome it with open arms, we also realize how fleeting it can be. So as thoughts of upcoming outdoor adventures wander through your minds and you plan out those precious few weekends that you've suffered through the long winter for, I would like to point out a few of t...

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 9:03am

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