The way home gets longer

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 16:19

You can’t remember a thing these days.

Whatchamacallit’s name doesn’t come quite as easily anymore. You can’t recall the title of that movie you used to love. Thingamabobs are never where you put them last, your glasses are on top of your head and, as in the new novella, “And Every Morning...

What's Happening for the week of Nov. 10

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 09:54

Best Bets

■ “Once Upon a Mattress,” the “Princess and the Pea” musical, will be performed at the Soldotna High School auditorium, Thursday-Saturday, at 7 p.m. The show stars 7-12th grade actors, singers, dancers, musicians, and crew members from SoHi, SoPrep, SMS,...

'The Tao of Raven': Book explores wisdom of traditional stories

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 16:18

Ernestine Hayes used to tell people she didn’t understand the story of Raven and the box of daylight until she had grandchildren.

But when one of her grandchildren stole from her, she began thinking about the story in a new way — that of the grandfather and mother “left behind in the dark...

Poet's Corner: Autumn on the Farm

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 16:18

Autumn on the Farm

By Dave Thompson, Kenai

It’s that time of year again

As the early Autumn wanes

When grass turns brown as leaves come down

And southward fly the cranes

The frost is now on the punkin

There’s ice in...

Reeling it in: 'Doctor Strange' delves deeper into Marvel universe

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 09:55

“Doctor Strange”

Marvel Studios

1 hour, 55 minutes


Marvel Comics, due to a series of ill-advised deals, sold off the film rights to its most popular characters to Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and others. Spider-...

What others say: Improving the rationality of fishing regulations

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 15:22

For fishing communities, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual publication about commercial landings makes great reading. As we’ve observed in the past, “Fisheries of the United States” is interesting here in much the same way crop reports are a topic of fascination for...

Technology replaces live animals in medical training

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 09:46

Washington University medical school is weaning itself off the use of cats in medical training after concluding that technological advances in simulators and mannequins reduced the need to use live animals. The transition is a responsible one we can support.

The school resisted years of...

Vote 'yes' on HEA ballot

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 09:36

Recently you were sent a mail-in ballot by Homer Electric Association (HEA), your non-profit cooperative membership organization. The ballot was submitted to you, the member-owner, for a vote on being rate regulated by both the RCA (Regulatory Commission of Alaska) and the board of HEA or just...

Just say no on Lawton Acres development

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 09:30

In reference to a Nov. 3 article on how the city of Kenai council manages land: This is at least the third time this year the city of Kenai has brought up Lawton Acres. Since about 1985 the residents have said “no!” to the commercial development of this city owned property that is zoned...

Peninsula voters share views

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 01:07

As cars flew through the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling highways around noon on Election Day, about half of the drivers honked or offered a thumbs-up to the people standing on the corner with signs for Libertarian Senate candidate Joe Miller and Republican presidential candidate...