Your dog is a hero

To you, your dog is a hero.Nobody else protects you from spiders and shadows. Nobody does a better job of warning you about summer storms… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: Silent Wounded

Silent WoundedBy Bonnie Playle, SoldotnaThose innocent, soft souls,full of guilt, shame and heartaches untold.They can be both young and old,but fall victim to lives that… Continue reading


“Independence Day: Resurgence”Twentieth Century Fox2 hoursWhen “Independence Day” hit in 1996 it was met with cheers, jeers, and boatloads of cash. It was a huge… Continue reading

Write what you know

Author Alexis Smith recalls how growing up in a homesteading family in Soldotna gave her ample time to explore the surrounding wilderness on her own… Continue reading

What happened

We blurt it out without thinking; it’s a common question when someone has died unexpectedly. What happened, where did it happen, why, how…? Knowing the… Continue reading

Classical pianist to play in peninsula churches

Sam Rotman plays the music of dead men. To be specific, he plays the music of dead men from the 18th, 19th and early 20th… Continue reading

Playing with Dad

Playing catch with dadDave Thompson, Kenai Playing catch till dark on summer evesAs I not yet a teenThe baseball smacks right in my mittDad pleased… Continue reading

Movie Review

“Finding Dory” Walt Disney Pictures1 hour 37 minutesWhen “Finding Nemo,” which came out well over a decade ago, I remember being struck by how beautiful… Continue reading

Tell me a tattoo story

Daddy’s arms are good for hugs.They’re big and strong and colorful, too. They look kind of like one of your favorite picture books; in fact,… Continue reading

Nikiski residents make recycled glass into jewelry

If a concrete mixer ever dreamed of making something beautiful, Jenna Hansen is giving it a chance to live out that dream. With the little… Continue reading

Warcraft: Whole world that exists out in the Internet

“Warcraft” Universal Studies 2 hours, 3 minutes   Full disclosure, I’ve never played “World of Warcraft.” Honestly, I’m not sure I’ve ever played any of… Continue reading

Curious science of human at war

Thank you for your service. You’ve said that many times recently, and meant every word to every soldier. Thank you for keeping us protected. Thank… Continue reading

What’s Happening

Best Bets ■ Kenai Performers present a July 4 Cosplay Costume Contest as part of the Kenai’s fourth of July festivities at the Green Strip… Continue reading


“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”Universal Studies1 hours, 26 minutesThe mockumentary genre, while rich with possibility, is kind of a minefield. Satire is difficult as it… Continue reading

Seldovia festival attracts variety of musicians

With the right timing, travelers could land on a ferry across Kachemak Bay alongside a boatload of musicians next week.The musicians will all cross the… Continue reading

Oil paintings in acrylic, octopi in ink

On a clear day, Louise Nutter can see 10 of Cook Inlet’s oil and gas platforms from the deck of her house in Nikiski. Hilcorp’s… Continue reading


This is my long haired Chihuahua, Jolie getting ready for bed. She likes to sleep under the covers.Tim Lohmer, Kenai, AK… Continue reading

What’s Happening

Best Bets ■ The Kenai Fine Art Center in Old Town Kenai, is hosting two gallery openings. “On Longevity” by Sandra Sterling, is an exhibition… Continue reading


Sign you up.That’s one of the things of which you’re most proud: you freely give of your time. Rotary, Jaycees, Lions, your local hospital, if… Continue reading

Big shot: Local photographer turns hobby into business

After 40 years as an Alaska resident, Jeff Jicha finally photographed a bull moose fight. The symmetrical image of the two hulking mammals greets visitors… Continue reading