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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

If you're one of those people who can put on a pound just by walking past a plate of deviled eggs, the challenge of deciding what and how much to eat is daunting, especially if you like food as much as I do. Besides liking to eat food, I like to catch it, preserve it and shop for it. I spend two or ...

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 8:57am

When it comes to trap shooting, Sam Schimmel, 12, has the technique down. The soon-to-be seventh grader rarely missed a clay target during a recent practice for the Peninsula Shooting Stars at the Snowshoe Gun Club in Soldotna. His prowess is a small-scale reflection of the success the fledgling clu...

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 8:12am

I have been a federal employee since 1991 beginning with the Payette National Forest (Forest Service) in McCall, Idaho. In 2005, I moved to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Baker City, Oregon. In February 2011, I changed agencies by taking a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service her...

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 9:58am

Pan de Azucar, or Sugarloaf, is a spectacular national park on Chile's northern coast. Its white sand beaches and plethora of cactus are breathtaking. Here was where we finally were able to set up the tent and dry everything out.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 9:48am

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