In this image released by Sony Pictures, from left, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones appear in a scene from, "Ghostbusters." (Sony Pictures via AP)

Reeling it in: Don’t be afraid of this ‘Ghostbusters’

“Ghostbusters”Columbia Pictures1 hour, 56 minutesI was 11 when the original “Ghostbusters” came out — perfectly primed for that film’s mix of adult humor (which I… Continue reading

In this image released by Sony Pictures, from left, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones appear in a scene from, "Ghostbusters." (Sony Pictures via AP)

What’s Happening

Best Bets ■ Hobo Jim, Alaska’s balladeer, will perform at 3 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Visitor & Cultural Center, 11471 Kenai Spur Highway in… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: Sterling, Alaska

Sterling, AlaskaBy A.J. Zyszkowski, 2014June brings the longest brightest days that never end.The fishy smell of the cleaning table fills the air as youapproach the… Continue reading

In this image released by Universal Pictures, Chloe, voiced by Lake Bell, from left, Max, voiced by Louis C.K., and Mel, voiced by Bobby Moynihan, appear in a scene from, "The Secret Lives of Pets." (Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures via AP)

Reeling it in: Pets have a lot of fun in their secret lives

“The Secret Life of Pets”Universal Pictures1 hour, 27 minutes“Midnight Special”Warner Home Video1 hour, 52 minutesIf you had asked me in May which childrens’ film would… Continue reading

In this image released by Universal Pictures, Chloe, voiced by Lake Bell, from left, Max, voiced by Louis C.K., and Mel, voiced by Bobby Moynihan, appear in a scene from, "The Secret Lives of Pets." (Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures via AP)

Personal decisions define author’s first book

Homer writer McKibben Jackinsky’s first book, “Too Close to Home? Living with ‘drill baby’ on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula” tells the story of recent oil and… Continue reading

FILE - This image released by Disney shows Ruby Barnhill and the Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country, voiced by Mark Rylance, in a scene from"The BFG." "The Legend of Tarzan" and "The BFG" were both dwarfed by "Finding Dory" over the July 4th weekend, as the Pixar sequel led the box office for the third straight weekend. (Disney via AP, File)

Reeling it in: ‘BFG’ a beautiful film, but falls flat

“The Big Friendly Giant” Walt Disney Motion Pictures 1 hour, 57 minutes   I’m at a bit of a loss at how to approach Steven… Continue reading

FILE - This image released by Disney shows Ruby Barnhill and the Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country, voiced by Mark Rylance, in a scene from"The BFG." "The Legend of Tarzan" and "The BFG" were both dwarfed by "Finding Dory" over the July 4th weekend, as the Pixar sequel led the box office for the third straight weekend. (Disney via AP, File)
Your dog is a hero

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

Your dog is a hero

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

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Liam Hemsworth as Jake Morrison in a scene from "Independence Day: Resurgence." (Claudette Barius/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

Movie

“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

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Liam Hemsworth as Jake Morrison in a scene from "Independence Day: Resurgence." (Claudette Barius/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)
Photo by Annie Beedy, courtesy Alexis Smith Author Alexis Smith, pictured here, grew up in Soldotna and let the Alaska landscape seep into her work. Her latest book, "Marrow Island," is on the Oprah Magazine Summer Reading List.

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

Photo by Annie Beedy, courtesy Alexis Smith Author Alexis Smith, pictured here, grew up in Soldotna and let the Alaska landscape seep into her work. Her latest book, "Marrow Island," is on the Oprah Magazine Summer Reading List.
What happened

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

What happened
Photo courtesy Sam Rotman Sam Rotman, a concert pianist from Phoenix, will play a series of concerts in the central Kenai Peninsula this week in several churches.

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

Photo courtesy Sam Rotman Sam Rotman, a concert pianist from Phoenix, will play a series of concerts in the central Kenai Peninsula this week in several churches.

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

Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion Jenna Hansen reaches into the cement mixer she uses to break up glass at her home in Nikiski, Alaska on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Hansen and her family turn recycled glass into jewelry to sell.

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

Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion Jenna Hansen reaches into the cement mixer she uses to break up glass at her home in Nikiski, Alaska on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Hansen and her family turn recycled glass into jewelry to sell.
Jamie Lee Curtis attends the LA Premiere of "Warcraft" held at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, June 6, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

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

Jamie Lee Curtis attends the LA Premiere of "Warcraft" held at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, June 6, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Curious science of human at war

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

Curious science of human at war

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

“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