Photos by Megan Pacer / Homer News
                                Music lovers listen to a performance on the River Stage at Salmonfest on Aug. 4, 2018, in Ninilchik.

Salmonfest music festival canceled for 2020

Salmonfest director confident next year’s festival will go ahead as planned.


Members of the Kenai Watershed Forum sing an educational tune promoting the Stream Watch program during a break between bands on the Ocean Stage at Salmonfest on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Ani DiFranco to headline Salmonfest

Annual festival returns with increased camping space, costume contest and more


Local business owner Kylee Swircenski poses in front of the logo of her store, Positive Vibe, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 in Kenai. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Local crystal shop doubles as gallery for artists in the community

When Kylee Swircenski moved to Kenai two years ago, she had no intention of starting her own business. As someone who regularly uses various forms… Continue reading


“Talk to Me” — a devastating, hilarious fall to earth

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Now Playing: Best and Worst of 2018

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Now Playing: Solid writing and offscreen terror bring depth to ‘Bird Box’

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Chelsea Hart, who was born and raised in Kenai and has been performing comedy and opera across Europe for the past four years, is pictured in this undated photo. (Photo by Zowwi Ranford/Courtesy of Chelsea Hart)

Kenai local Chelsea Hart returns home to teach comedy writing workshop for Kenai Performers

Globetrotting comedienne and entertainer Chelsea Hart has returned to her hometown of Kenai to offer a comedy writing workshop with the Kenai Performers today. Hart… Continue reading

Chelsea Hart, who was born and raised in Kenai and has been performing comedy and opera across Europe for the past four years, is pictured in this undated photo. (Photo by Zowwi Ranford/Courtesy of Chelsea Hart)

Bookworm Sez: ‘An Unexplained Death’ — An unsettling, not-to-be-missed read

Missing…. That single word belies the deep panic and fear behind the reason for the poster it’s on. Someone’s gone, not where he should be,… Continue reading

Netflix brings cinema to streaming with dark, blood-soaked ‘The Night Comes for Us’

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Reading, writing and drinking — ‘A Sidecar Named Desire’ offers the perfect trio

The holiday season started with a cup of cheer. Then there was a sip of wassail, some mistletoe and wine, and rummy-tum-tum along the way.… Continue reading

Bookworm Sez: ‘(Don’t) Call Me Crazy’ offers a chorus of writers on surviving mental illness

Ouch, you twisted your shoulder and it hurts. That’ll last awhile, but you’ll be okay. Might need a sling, maybe, but it won’t cramp your… Continue reading

Now Playing: ‘Aquaman’ a sea adventure that heads DC in the right direction

Growing up, I was never a DC guy. I, of course, liked Superman and Batman because, well, because I’m an American and I think it’s… Continue reading

Spider-Man’s theory of everything — An animated sequel that works in any universe

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Bookworm Sez: ‘If You Ask Me’ — Old advice made new again

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Now Playing: ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ — for when blockbusters and indies don’t appeal

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‘Evening of Christmas’ concert continues to grow

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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ — an inventive sequel that brings something new to the table

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‘The Noel Stranger’ — a familiar, yet cozy holiday tale

You thought you knew what was inside the box. Though it was wrapped, you could tell what it was. You shook it, upended it, and… Continue reading

‘Never Home Alone’ — a tale of creepy, crawly invaders you should invite in

Ahhhhh, a quiet night at home. You’ve been promising yourselves that for a long time. A nice dinner. Maybe a movie, or soft music and… Continue reading