Nick Varney

Uninged Alaska: The dawn of winter

During the Code 3 pursuit, I noticed that I could see my vitriol firing breath which was a signal that the seasonal clock had just struck mid fall

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Rusty and Larry Lancashire pose out in front of Larry’s Club, located about a mile north of Kenai, circa the mid-1960s. (Photo courtesy of the Lancashire Family Collection)

The Lancashires: Evolving lives on the evolving Kenai — Part 8

Rusty Lancashire hadn’t allowed her first impressions of Kenai in 1948 to deter her from making the central Kenai Peninsula her home

Rusty and Larry Lancashire pose out in front of Larry’s Club, located about a mile north of Kenai, circa the mid-1960s. (Photo courtesy of the Lancashire Family Collection)
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Minister’s Message: When small is big

God opens doors to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things for others

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Jessie Soyangco, right, leads a class of kindergarteners in dancing to a remix of the “Little Einstein’s” theme song at Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science in Kenai on Thursday.

Dance, dance diamonds

Diamond Dance Project co-director Jessie Soyangco is in-residence at Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science this week and next

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Jessie Soyangco, right, leads a class of kindergarteners in dancing to a remix of the “Little Einstein’s” theme song at Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science in Kenai on Thursday.
Braeden Garrett rehearses “Jekyll and Hyde: the Musical” at the Kenai Performers’ Theatre in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Exploring the dark side

Kenai Performers debuts ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ musical

Braeden Garrett rehearses “Jekyll and Hyde: the Musical” at the Kenai Performers’ Theatre in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
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Taylor Swift performs songs from her album “Lover” in “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour.”

On the Screen: An emotional spectacle

Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’ brings intensity of stage to screen

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Taylor Swift performs songs from her album “Lover” in “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour.”
This bento box includes rice, fruit, vegetables and tomagoyaki, or Japanese rolled omelet. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Flavors of farm fresh eggs front and center in Japanese rolled omelet

Tomagoyaki is an excellent protein for lunch and is commonly found in bento boxes alongside fresh rice and side dishes

This bento box includes rice, fruit, vegetables and tomagoyaki, or Japanese rolled omelet. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)

Life in the Pedestrian Lane: I guess it’s fall

This time of year I always think of fall when I was a kid

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Seton Hill University is photographed in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy Meredith Harber)

Minister’s Message: Let the word of God settle into your heart

I often feel like I don’t allow myself enough time to still my heart, quiet my voice, and listen for God’s murmuring

Seton Hill University is photographed in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy Meredith Harber)
Rusty Lancashire kneads bread dough in her kitchen. (1954 photo by Bob and Ira Spring for Better Homes & Garden magazine)

The Lancashires: Evolving lives on the evolving Kenai — Part 7

Health care — especially emergency care — could be difficult to come by

Rusty Lancashire kneads bread dough in her kitchen. (1954 photo by Bob and Ira Spring for Better Homes & Garden magazine)
“The Land We Share: A Love Affair Told in Hunting Stories” is held aloft under light rainfall in Kenai, Alaska, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Sharing about sharing the land

Local authors Christine Cunningham and Steve Meyer will discuss their book at upcoming KPC showcase

“The Land We Share: A Love Affair Told in Hunting Stories” is held aloft under light rainfall in Kenai, Alaska, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
A copy of “If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name” is held on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Off the Shelf: Haines obituary writer charms in slice-of-life collection

Heather Lende’s “If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name” is as much about Lende as it is about Haines

A copy of “If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name” is held on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
These dark and decadent chocolate brownies have a crunchy toffee topping. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Brownies to chase away a bad day

These saucepan brownies are deep, dark and decadent with a crunchy toffee topping

These dark and decadent chocolate brownies have a crunchy toffee topping. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Rusty Lancashire smiles for the camera in the frame house that in the late 1950s replaced the Lancashires’ original homestead log cabin. (Photo courtesy of the Lancashire Family Collection)

The Lancashires: Evolving lives on the evolving Kenai — Part 6

The roads were lifelines between communities and among neighbors

Rusty Lancashire smiles for the camera in the frame house that in the late 1950s replaced the Lancashires’ original homestead log cabin. (Photo courtesy of the Lancashire Family Collection)
Bill Holt tells a fishing tale at Odie’s Deli on Friday, June 2, 2017, in Soldotna, Alaska. Holt was among the seven storytellers in the True Tales Told Live, an occasional storytelling event co-founded by Pegge Erkeneff, Jenny Nyman and Kaitlin Vadla. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion file)
Bill Holt tells a fishing tale at Odie’s Deli on Friday, June 2, 2017, in Soldotna, Alaska. Holt was among the seven storytellers in the True Tales Told Live, an occasional storytelling event co-founded by Pegge Erkeneff, Jenny Nyman and Kaitlin Vadla. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion file)
An angler holds up a massive fish in “Jacks: A Film by Jako Lucas & Ra Beattie.” (Photo courtesy International Fly Fishing Festival)

Fishing film fest to return

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival, or IF4, will return to the Kenai Peninsula on Monday

An angler holds up a massive fish in “Jacks: A Film by Jako Lucas & Ra Beattie.” (Photo courtesy International Fly Fishing Festival)
Madeleine Yuna Voyles portrays Alphie in “The Creator.” (Photo courtesy 20th Century Studios)

On the Screen: ‘Creator’ a visual delight, thematically light

The film shows off a thought-provoking and vividly realized original setting, even if it fails to capitalize on its own ideas

Madeleine Yuna Voyles portrays Alphie in “The Creator.” (Photo courtesy 20th Century Studios)
Several pieces included in the Biennial Judged Show are seen at Kenai Art Center in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Art Center opens Biennial Judged Show on Friday

The show features art across a variety of mediums, including photography, painting, watercolor, sculpture and metalwork

Several pieces included in the Biennial Judged Show are seen at Kenai Art Center in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Pork, fermented kimchi and tofu make the base of this recipe for Kimchi stew. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Kimchi stew ushers in fall

This stew is spicy with a rich broth and fatty bites of pork — perfect for a chilly, clear-skied autumn day

Pork, fermented kimchi and tofu make the base of this recipe for Kimchi stew. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Rusty Lancashire does some baking. (1954 photo by Bob and Ira Spring for Better Homes & Garden magazine)

The Lancashires: Evolving lives on the evolving Kenai — Part 5

Ridgeway homesteader Larry Lancashire was reminded of the value of such friendship in December 1950 when he shot another illegal moose

Rusty Lancashire does some baking. (1954 photo by Bob and Ira Spring for Better Homes & Garden magazine)