Refuge Notebook: New Visitor Center Becoming Reality

Up from the icy ground adjacent to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in Soldotna, a building has grown. Through snow fall and rain, during… Continue reading

Les Palmer: Blown off again

My wife and I and another couple were all cranked up and ready to go king salmon fishing out of Homer Monday morning, but an… Continue reading

A faithful mother inspires with a singing heart

When Susanna Annesley married young Samuel Wesley, she probably didn’t expect to give birth to nineteen children, eight of whom would die at birth. Nevertheless,… Continue reading

Church Briefs

Hidden Talents show takes the stage The Midnight Son Seventh Day Adventist Church invites the public to watch a Hidden Talent Show at 6:30 p.m.… Continue reading

What’s happening

What's happening • The Corner Cafe in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna will be showing a colorful collection of Hand Painted Art Quilts by Chelline… Continue reading

Reeling it in: ‘300: Rise of an Empire’

1hr 42min Rated R Warner Bros. Pictures Action/Adventure/Drama     It seems like sort of an odd choice to make a sequel to a movie… Continue reading

Shortbread for St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re looking for a dessert to serve on St. Patrick’s Day, a day that honors the patron saint of Ireland who was born in… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About reminiscing… Grandma Cogswell, quilting, cooking, and candy making

Growing up on a farm Northern colorado 1937-1955 I owe my interest in cooking and sewing clothes to my Mom. I owe my interest in… Continue reading

Is it spring yet?

I thought this was going to be one of those columns that writes itself.After all, it’s March, lots of politics around, logical fodder for my… Continue reading

News and Notes

Dillon Jensen of Soldotna has been named to the President’s List for fall 2013 at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D. To be eligible for… Continue reading

Learning for Life: Starting seeds

Finally ... it’s seed starting time again!There are many benefits to gardeners starting their own plants from seed, but none as important as the huge… Continue reading

Glynn Moore: There’s a strange word for you

When the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance on Ed Sullivan was observed recently, there was much talk of the Fab Four’s being from Liverpool.… Continue reading

Faster, safer avalanche rescue

Alaska Electric Light & Power Inc. has purchased a piece of equipment — a long-range receiver that mounts to a helicopter — that will make… Continue reading

Church news

Hidden talents show takes the stage The Midnight Son Seventh Day Adventist Church invites the public to watch a Hidden Talent Show at 6:30 p.m.… Continue reading

The stars are all around us

An author writes of a close friend and her intriguing encounter. She spent her summers in a small town in Vermont where Paul Newman was… Continue reading

Ice skating: an adventure in embarrassing the kids

SUNRIVER, Ore. (AP) — “What did you think about ice skating?” I asked my daughter Lucy.“Eh. It was OK,” she replied, distracted by her reading.We… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Kruger National Park, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge share common conservation issues

Before we moved to Alaska, my family and I lived two years in South Africa’s Kruger National Park (KNP), where I conducted research on African… Continue reading

Pond hockey: ‘As pure as it gets’

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — It was the kind of day where beards sprouted icicles, wearing wool socks was an exercise in wishful thinking, and your… Continue reading

Les Palmer: All about the black spruce

If you live on the Kenai Peninsula, you live either in or near black spruce, Picea mariana.This is a tree that actually prefers acidic soil… Continue reading