Church News

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:08

Our Lady of Perpetual Help sets a place at the table

A Place at the Table, a new outreach ministry at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic church, will offer a hot meal and fellowship, and blood pressure checks to anyone interested. The meal is every fourth Sunday of the...

Gilman resigns from assembly

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 22:06

Kenai residents have a chance this month to apply to represent their district on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Assembly member Blaine Gilman submitted his resignation to the assembly on Tuesday, effective Jan. 18. He represents District 2, which covers Kenai between Mile 15 of the...

Second body found in burned car identified

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 22:12

Alaska State Troopers have identified the second of two bodies found Nov. 27 in a burned Ford Bronco near Soldotna.

The Alaska Medical Examiner’s office positively identified 39-year-old Soldotna resident Daniel Duck using medical records, according to an online troopers dispatch posted...

NOAA releases plan for endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 22:06

ANCHORAGE — A federal plan for the recovery of an endangered Alaska beluga whale calls for a reduction in threats of high concern while scientists try to pinpoint what has kept the population from growing.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday announced its...

Kenai Wildlife Refuge beginning to track solar energy

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 11:22

When the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge opened its new visitors center in May 2015, one new feature was a pair of 60-square meter solar arrays.

Though the solar panels have since been online and off-setting the electricity the visitors center building consumes from the grid, refuge staff...

Budget director: proposed budget brings Alaska to 2011 spending level

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 22:06

The Alaska Office of Management and Budget released Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget on Dec. 15, 2016. On Tuesday, Office of Management and Budget Director Pat Pitney presented this budget — meant to take effect July 1, 2017 — and answered questions about it at a joint Kenai and...

Reeling it in: 'Sing' has chops; 'Assassin's Creed' stumbles

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 13:27


Universal Pictures

1 hour, 48 minutes


“Assassin’s Creed”

Twentieth Century Fox

1 hour, 55 minutes


This week, with...

The Bookworm Sez: Will it really make us stronger? Book aims to find out

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:14

You might need an extra blanket tonight.

Or three, because the temperature doesn’t seem to match your comfort level. Brrrrrrrrr. Yes, it’s winter and yes, the mercury plunges, but that doesn’t mean you like being cold — although, as you’ll see in “What Doesn’t Kill Us” by Scott Carney (c....

What's Happening for Jan. 5

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 13:24

Events and Exhibitions

■ The Performing Arts Society announces the return of two favorites in concert. Flutist Tomoka Raften will join forces with UAA guitarist Armin Abdihodzic to perform music “From Canyon Echoes to Carmen” on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Soldotna Christ...

Poet's Corner: Debbie

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 17:02


By Brent Johnson, Clam Gulch

Could we hear cottonwoods whispering soft?

The voice must be Debbie’s somewhere aloft.

Ole cutie owl hootie-hoo’s to the dove

beams like a Tammy all mushy with love.

Debbie once sang...