Soldotna junior Liam Babitt holds a grip on South Anchorage’s Britten Hamilton during the 215-pound final of the Lancer Smith Fall Varsity 2021 Invite on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2021 at the Menard Arena in Wasilla, Alaska. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)

Soldotna crowns 4 champions at Lancer Smith

The Soldotna wrestling team finished fourth Friday and Saturday at the Lancer Smith Fall 2021 Varsity Invite at Menard Arena in Wasilla. The tournament is… Continue reading

 

Ice sits ready to skate at Bottenintnin Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska on Nov. 1, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Tangled Up in Blue: Skipping skating

I was looking forward to ice skating this winter. I had bought a pair of Nordic blades a little too late in the season last… Continue reading

 

Fall colors, a dog and game in hand make for great outdoor experiences on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Colin Canterbury/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: On point this fall

His eyes were fixated on the white spruce before us. We knew what we sought was in there based on his behavior, but no matter… Continue reading

 

Mariner's Micah Williamson steals the puck from the Warrior's Karson McGrew as he advances down the rink. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Hockey roundup: West wins End of Road tourney

End of the Road Tournament The West hockey team won the End of the Road Tournament at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer on Saturday with… Continue reading

Mariner's Micah Williamson steals the puck from the Warrior's Karson McGrew as he advances down the rink. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Michael proposes to Sarah at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Falling in love one snowflake at a time

Homer News reporter smells snow - and gets the surprise of a lifetime.

Michael proposes to Sarah at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
The all-team is announced at the end of the 3A state volleyball championships at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Area volleyball players make state all-tourney team

The state all-tournament team was revealed Saturday at the conclusion of the Class 3A state tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. Representing the… Continue reading

The all-team is announced at the end of the 3A state volleyball championships at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Olympic Development Program 2008 boys team featuring Gunnar Pinsky, Beau Miller and Kai Waltenbaugh (Photo provided by Breanna Hill)

Homer soccer players compete on Alaska Olympic Development team

Seven Homer soccer players are making their national and international debut after earning positions on the Alaska Olympic Development Program teams. Gunnar Pinsky, Beau Miller,… Continue reading

Alaska Olympic Development Program 2008 boys team featuring Gunnar Pinsky, Beau Miller and Kai Waltenbaugh (Photo provided by Breanna Hill)

Sports in brief

Hockey Upcoming meets: 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18: Kenai vs. West, End of the Road Shootout Hockey Tourney at Kevin Bell Ice Arena 7:30 p.m.… Continue reading

A Soldotna Stars wrestler goes for the pin against a Homer Mariners wrestler during the Best Western Bidarka Round Robin Rumble on Friday and Saturday in Homer. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Soldotna wrestlers win Round Robin Rumble

The Soldotna wrestling team cruised to the team title in the Best Western Bidarka Round Robin Rumble on Friday and Saturday in Homer. The Stars… Continue reading

A Soldotna Stars wrestler goes for the pin against a Homer Mariners wrestler during the Best Western Bidarka Round Robin Rumble on Friday and Saturday in Homer. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Homer’s Gracie Gummer goes up for a kill against Kenai blockers Calani Holmes and Emma Beck during the 3A state volleyball consolation game at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai takes 2nd, Homer nabs 3rd at state volleyball

The Kenai Kardinals volleyball team fell narrowly to the Valdez Buccaneers in an exhaustive five-game series to take home second place in the Class 3A… Continue reading

Homer’s Gracie Gummer goes up for a kill against Kenai blockers Calani Holmes and Emma Beck during the 3A state volleyball consolation game at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Central’s Ayden Spann skates the puck across the blue line during a 4-1 loss to Colony during the second day of the 2021 Alaska Army National Guard Stars and Stripes Showdown on Friday, Nov.12, 2021, at the MTA Events Center in Palmer, Alaska. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)

Kenai, SoHi, Homer finish up play at Stars and Stripes

The Homer and Soldotna hockey teams finished with 1-2 records at the 2021 Alaska Army National Guard Stars and Stripes Showdown at the MTA Events… Continue reading

Kenai Central’s Ayden Spann skates the puck across the blue line during a 4-1 loss to Colony during the second day of the 2021 Alaska Army National Guard Stars and Stripes Showdown on Friday, Nov.12, 2021, at the MTA Events Center in Palmer, Alaska. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)

Sports in brief

Hockey Upcoming meets: 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11: Hockey vs. Eagle River at Palmer Tourney at MTC Center 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12: Hockey vs.… Continue reading

A crew of Mariners block a Kardinal player from advancing to the goal during the game Friday, Nov. 5 at Kevin Bell Arena. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Kenai hockey tops Homer in overtime

Peninsula Clarion The visiting Kenai Central hockey team defeated Homer 5-4 in overtime Friday in Railbelt Conference play. The Kardinals move to 4-0 overall and… Continue reading

A crew of Mariners block a Kardinal player from advancing to the goal during the game Friday, Nov. 5 at Kevin Bell Arena. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Homer’s Jillian Crooks wins the 200-meter freestyle during the state swimming finals at Bartlett High School in Anchorage on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Jacoby, Crooks each nab 2 individual events

Kenai Peninsula Olympic swimmers Lydia Jacoby and Jillian Crooks took home individual championships at the Alaska School Activities Association State Swim and Dive finals at… Continue reading

Homer’s Jillian Crooks wins the 200-meter freestyle during the state swimming finals at Bartlett High School in Anchorage on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
The 2021 YCC Crew sits on a newly constructed hitching post at Nurses Cabin in July 2021. Left to right are Ryan Crapps, Jacob Begich, Leah Fallon, Melita Efta and Olivia Somers. (Photo by USFWS/Heather Sokul)

Refuge Notebook: YCC takes charge of building hitching posts at Nurses Cabin

By Christa Kennedy Peninsula Clarion Contributor The Youth Conservation Corps has been an integral part of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge summer staff for many summers.… Continue reading

The 2021 YCC Crew sits on a newly constructed hitching post at Nurses Cabin in July 2021. Left to right are Ryan Crapps, Jacob Begich, Leah Fallon, Melita Efta and Olivia Somers. (Photo by USFWS/Heather Sokul)
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The Kenai River curls to Skilak Lake, as seen from the Hideout Trail on July 5, 2020.

Out of the Office: Clearing the trail

One of the benefits of growing old is waking up and, despite having done nothing particularly noteworthy the day before, feeling as if you’ve been… Continue reading

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The Kenai River curls to Skilak Lake, as seen from the Hideout Trail on July 5, 2020.
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Kenai wrestlers lead peninsula at ACS Invite

The Kenai Central High School wrestling team led the Kenai Peninsula by finishing sixth on Friday and Saturday at the ACS Denali Class Invite in… Continue reading

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Cheryl Fellman enters the chilly waters of Auke Bay. Freeman is on the verge of becoming one of only 43 Americans — and 422 people worldwide — to swim an official Ice Mile.
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Cheryl Fellman enters the chilly waters of Auke Bay. Freeman is on the verge of becoming one of only 43 Americans — and 422 people worldwide — to swim an official Ice Mile.
Student Conservation Association trail crews work on adding trail to Burneyճ Trail in the Skilak Lake Recreation Area. (Photo by Lee Dudak/SCA)

Refuge Notebook: Getting a boost from SCA trail crews

This past summer, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge saw the benefit from four additional trail crews provided by the Student Conservation Association. The SCA crews… Continue reading

Student Conservation Association trail crews work on adding trail to Burneyճ Trail in the Skilak Lake Recreation Area. (Photo by Lee Dudak/SCA)
The Lady Mariners took first place in the 200 freestyle relay during the Northern Lights Conference meet Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Palmer Pool and are state bound! Pictured on top of the podium are McKenna Carlin, Cassidy Carroll, Jillian Crooks and Carly Nelson. (Photo provided by Dana Jaworski)

Olympians lead peninsula at NLC swim meet

A pair of Olympians led the Kenai Peninsula at the Northern Lights Conference swim meet Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Palmer High School. Seward’s Lydia… Continue reading

The Lady Mariners took first place in the 200 freestyle relay during the Northern Lights Conference meet Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Palmer Pool and are state bound! Pictured on top of the podium are McKenna Carlin, Cassidy Carroll, Jillian Crooks and Carly Nelson. (Photo provided by Dana Jaworski)