This Jan. 18, 2014 photo shows an unidentified climber making her way up the Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, Colo. Chicks with Picks, a company founded to introduce the sport of ice climbing to women, holds several clinics each winter in in the Ouray Ice Park,  a city-owned facility with man-made ice in a natural gorge. (AP Photo/Donna Bryson)

Empowering women, one ice pick at a time

OURAY, Colo. — The timpani beat of cramponed boots thudding into ice. The treble tick-tock of scythe-like picks digging the next foothold. A sudden chord… Continue reading

This Jan. 18, 2014 photo shows an unidentified climber making her way up the Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, Colo. Chicks with Picks, a company founded to introduce the sport of ice climbing to women, holds several clinics each winter in in the Ouray Ice Park,  a city-owned facility with man-made ice in a natural gorge. (AP Photo/Donna Bryson)

Grace for mothers and others

One of the most unforgettable calls I have ever received came from a woman I had never met. This mother had endured such severe parental… Continue reading

Ancestral Homes

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School fourth-grade students and their families gathered Friday for a reception of their “Ancestral Homes” projects. Students from three classes researched and… Continue reading

What’s Happening

Best Bet ■ On Saturday the Kenai Potters Guild will hold their annual Mother’s Day Pottery Sale from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. or until sold… Continue reading

Business news

■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce next meets May 20 at Froso’s Restaurant. RSVP to 262-9814 required. ■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce next meets… Continue reading

Poem: Who am I

Who am IBy Melinda Anderson, SterlingWho am I,But a simple girl.One who wishes this were a better world.I wish I could see every child smile,One… Continue reading

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Jamie Foxx, left, and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony Pictures, Niko Tavernise)

Reeling it in: Webslinging sequel falls flat

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”Marvel Enterprises2 hours, 22 minutesTraditionally, the second film in a multi-film series (trilogy, really — they’re all trilogies these days) is the… Continue reading

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Jamie Foxx, left, and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony Pictures, Niko Tavernise)
The Bookworm Sez: Find inspiration in 'Run, Don't Walk'

The Bookworm Sez: Find inspiration in ‘Run, Don’t Walk’

It all starts with baby steps.Baby steps, with arm-waving balance and shaky testing of foot on floor. You held onto the fingers of someone bigger… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: Find inspiration in 'Run, Don't Walk'

For mothers and others this Mothers Day

So brilliant are the images on the pages of Pat’s Branning’s extraordinarily crafted “Magnolias, Porches & Sweet Tea: Recipes, Stories & Art from the Lowcountry,”… Continue reading

  • May 6, 2014
  • By Sue Ade
  • Food

Pioneer Potluck: About Mother’s Day

About 1991 or ‘92 North Nikiski, Alaska We built our house and had lived comfortably for four years without electricity or running water. It was… Continue reading

  • May 6, 2014
  • By Grannie Annie
  • Food
Tim Lohmer shared this photo of Jolie, a long-haired Chihuahua. He writes, "She loves sunning herself in this beautiful Kenai spring weather."
Tim Lohmer shared this photo of Jolie, a long-haired Chihuahua. He writes, "She loves sunning herself in this beautiful Kenai spring weather."

‘No offense’

I am about to weigh in on a topic I would not normally comment on here. I might gnash my teeth a little and yell… Continue reading

Masonic Lodges recognize Outstanding Students

Masonic Lodges recognize Outstanding Students

The 47th Annual Outstanding Student Awards event was held April 25 at Kenai Central High School in the Renee Henderson Auditorium. This event is sponsored… Continue reading

Masonic Lodges recognize Outstanding Students
Devynn Heath, Brittany Gilman, Raleigh Van Natta, Mayzie Potton, Maria Salzetti.  In front, seated: Cynthia Romberg

Problem Solvers win state title

On April 14 and 15, elementary, middle and high school students from around Alaska met in Soldotna to compete in the Future Problem Solving State… Continue reading

Devynn Heath, Brittany Gilman, Raleigh Van Natta, Mayzie Potton, Maria Salzetti.  In front, seated: Cynthia Romberg

Learning for Life: Backyard birch tapping

Ever wonder how to make Birch Syrup from our native birch trees? Cooperative Extension Service has a new publication out “Backyard Birch Tapping Basics” that… Continue reading

Helth tip of the week

Pursue yoga and tai chi: These gentle mind-body practices combine five important types of exercise — aerobic, strength training, core stability, flexibility and balance. Research… Continue reading

Five recreational activities to explore before tourists arrive

Now that the calendar has rolled over to May and the days have grown longer, the great outdoors is beckoning to be explored. Don’t let… Continue reading

Church news

Join Apostolic Assembly for Sundae Social The Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Sunday School invites you to a Sundae Ice Cream Social on Sunday from… Continue reading

Praise pays

A retired businessman once told me how damaging negative comments could be to a committee evaluating people for different levels of employment. He said the… Continue reading

Photo by John Morton, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Greater White-fronted, Lesser Snow and Canada Geese, and a few ducks (Northern Pintail, Mallard, Green-winged Teal) flock together on the Kenai Flats.

Refuge Notebook: Spring migration comes to Kenai

Periodically, even through the cold of winter, I drive into Boat Launch Road at the Port of Kenai to use the wildlife viewing platform. It’s… Continue reading

Photo by John Morton, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Greater White-fronted, Lesser Snow and Canada Geese, and a few ducks (Northern Pintail, Mallard, Green-winged Teal) flock together on the Kenai Flats.