Photo: Statement piece

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 22:13

Photo by Paul Scannell/courtesy Mavis Muller

Hundreds of Salmonfest participants braved the rainy conditions on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 in Ninilchik, Alaska to send a clear message of support and solidarity for clean water and for wild Alaskan salmon with an aerial group photo which was...

Keith Baxter makes run for District 30 seat

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 22:07

Soldotna’s Keith Baxter is among the many throwing their hats into the upcoming race for the Alaska House of Representatives District 30 seat.

A Soldotna native and member of the Soldotna City Council, Baxter also works for the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council. He filed for...

Soldotna man accused of sexual abuse given custodian

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 21:48

A Soldotna man accused of sexually abusing a minor has been approved for a third-party custodian so that he can be released from jail.

Michael Dean Hancock, 57, was indicted on Feb. 3 with one charge of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, a charge of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor...

Rick Koch seeks state House nomination

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 21:54

Rick Koch is basing his run for the Alaska House of Representatives on the premise that the state’s budget deficit can be shrunk with a state spending cap.

After holding several public and private management and administration jobs — including Alaska Department of Transportation project...

Fishing report: Silvers to be found in a sea of pinks

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 11:13

Boat after boat full of kids came to dock at the Harry Gaines Fish Camp Wednesday, where proud kids held up their catch of pink or silver salmon.

The 11th annual Kenai River Junior Classic event brought kids from Kenai, Soldotna, Anchorage and elsewhere to the Kenai River for boating...

Man catches seal in dipnet, releases it unhurt

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 22:04

At first, Tom Weber thought he had gotten lucky and caught a king salmon in his dipnet.

Out fishing from a boat on the final day of the Kenai River personal use dipnet fishery July 31, the fisherman felt a big weight strike his net. He latched on and started pulling the net up and noticed...

What others say: Southeast Alaska Discovery Center worth saving

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 18:37

When the Southeast Alaska
Discovery Center opened in 1995, any visitor who stepped inside the $10 million facility was immediately aware of its world-class quality.

Its combination of static and interactive displays provided illuminating information about the natural environment,...

Suicide Squad/Hillary's America

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 11:00

“Suicide Squad”

Warner Bros.

2 hour, 10 minutes


“Hillary’s America”

Documentary by Gerald R. Molan

1 hour, 47 minutes


I saw...

Balancing acts: Salmonfest brings the noise, knowledge

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 11:39

Always a music fan, never a music festivalgoer. That’s been my M.O. since I was old enough to attend.

Call me crazy, but the prospect of paying an arm and a leg to camp out in a muddy field for three days with limited access to clean bathrooms, all to get jostled around by hundreds or...

Bookworm sez: Playing dead

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 11:00

Your wallet is genuine, original faux-leather from faux-Venezuela.

It matches the pleather jacket you love so much and your favorite fake-silk shirt, which you like to wear when you drive the car you bought and can barely afford, but that looks great for appearances. Life is sometimes all...