When I grow old …

I had an epiphany a few days ago.That is the fancy word for “It’s about time. What took you so long?” I have finally surrendered… Continue reading

News and Notes

Christopher and Chelsey (Howard) Hudson of Arlington, Texas, announce the birth of their daughter, Paisley Jean Hudson, at 7:09 p.m. Sept. 18, 2013. She weighed… Continue reading

Church news

Peninsula Christian Center hosts special services Peninsula Christian Center, located at 161 Farnsworth Boulevard behind the Salvation Army, in Soldotna, is having special meetings tonight,… Continue reading

A crash course in smooth snowshoeing

PARADISE, Wash. (AP) — It seems simple enough: strap, stand, step — one foot in front of the other.But synchronizing your steps atop snowshoes is… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Counting moose with drones? Maybe sooner than you think

Imagine you are at the controls of a Piper Super Cub flying at tree-top level 150 feet above the ground. As you fly 10-mile long… Continue reading

The unexpected

The unexpected can make a fishing trip memorable.By “unexpected,” I don’t mean the times when the outboard quits and can’t be resuscitated. I mean the… Continue reading

These plants are the next best thing to chocolate

With Valentine’s Day coming up, thoughts naturally turn to chocolate. How nice it would be for gardeners to give their beloved a living, growing, chocolate… Continue reading

Gravel roads offer miles of pedal-pushing

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Donnie Kolb has been organizing gravel bicycle rides for the past five years.Usually keeping his events a bit on the down… Continue reading

Love and marriage

Cupid’s arrows are flying through the mail again and I’m somewhat of an authority on the subject of the season. I’ve been in love with… Continue reading

Reeling it in: ‘Mr. Banks’ paints a happy picture

“Saving Mr. Banks” Walt Disney Pictures 2 hours, 5 minutes   There’s a scene late in this week’s “Saving Mr. Banks” that elevates the film… Continue reading

What’s Happening

First Thursday ■ Already Read Books and C Cups Cafe in Kenai will have a First Thursday event with Maria Allison on the piano, gourmet… Continue reading

Business news

■ On Wednesday, the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce will host a joint luncheon at noon at the Kenai Visitor Center. Merrill Sikorski will… Continue reading

Art auction draws a crowd

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A capacity crowd attended Sealaska Heritage Institute’s first art auction featuring works by northwest Native artists in Juneau, collectively raising more… Continue reading

Jazzline encourages young Homer dancers to learn

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — Homer junkyards can be notorious for the odd stuff one might find buried under blue tarps — vintage Subaru parts, wringer… Continue reading

Ketchikan museum fishing for photos

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Tongass Historical Museum is soliciting submissions for its new exhibit “First in Fish, Ketchikan’s Commercial Fishing Traditions” that will open Feb.… Continue reading

Poem: Cherished Memory

Cherished MemoryBy Barbara Brinkerhoff, NikiskiLittle boy with eyes so blueSmiles just like his daddy, tooImpish grin, hand held behind,He’s made his mom a Valentine.Stiff red… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Things I’ve Learned from Dying’ a must-read memoir

Just one more bedtime story.You wanted that as a child because you’ve always been someone who hates endings (one more for the road). Everyone knows… Continue reading