Photo: Make a list, he'll check it twice

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 21:46

Photo by Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion

Kelly Bookey, as Santa Claus, listens to the Christmas wishes of Riley Smith Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at the Kenai Peninsula Harley-Davidson store in Soldotna, Alaska. Bookey estimated that he has been appearing as Santa at the store for about 10...

Op-ed: U.S.-Israel relations set to improve

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 11:51

The consensus in Israel is that the relationship between the Jewish state and the United States is going to improve in a Trump administration, says former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Zalman Shoval.

On a recent visit to Washington, D.C., Shoval told me that he believes Donald Trump and...

Good habitat regulations worth the effort

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 11:51

A group of fishery stakeholders is proposing that the Board of Fisheries ask the Legislature to update the permitting process for projects that impact salmon habitat.

For a region reliant on both strong salmon returns and responsible resource development, we think an update to Title 16,...

Conspiracy theorists: 'Pizzagate' shooting just a false flag

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 11:51

WASHINGTON — For conspiracy theorists, the bizarre rumors of “pizzagate” didn’t end when a man brought a gun to a Washington restaurant this week in a misguided attempt to rescue nonexistent child sex slaves. Instead, the shooting sparked discussion that the conspiracy runs deeper.

On...

Life in the Pedestrian Lane: Memories of Christmas past

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 11:50

The thing I miss most about Christmas is the anticipation. I remember as a small kid waiting eagerly for THE DAY, and not being disappointed, nor let down when it was over. Part of the disenchantment these days is the lead time, I think. In the old days, we didn’t start Christmas until after...

Notes from the Recycling Bin

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 11:50

— Eco-friendly gift suggestions: birdfeeders and seeds, a worm composting bin; ‘coupons’ for washing dishes or shoveling the driveway or babysitting, etc.; fill a mason jar with something thoughtful like specialty salts, sugars or dry rubs for your favorite foodie’s cooking needs or a whole...

Learning for Life: Extension has great books on berries, herbs

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 11:50

From now until Jan. 6, “Using Alaska’s Wild Berries” and “An Alaska Herb Garden” are on sale! Normally priced at $15, each of these fascinating books are being offered for only $10!

Take advantage of this offer and learn more about Alaskan berries as well as how to grow and use herbs in a...

From the Food Bank

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 11:49

If you are in the mood to bake and know you shouldn’t eat it all yourself, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank can help save you thousands of calories! The Fireweed Diner accepts donations of home baked goods such as cookies, cakes, brownies and quick breads. When donating baked goods it will be...

Friday hockey: Kenai outlasts Bartlett, SoHi loses to Monroe

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 17:29

Kenai Central prevailed in another high-scoring game Friday night at the Big Lake Lions Classic hockey tournament, rallying back in the third period to beat Bartlett 8-7 in the consolation semifinals.

Trailing 7-5 after two periods, the Kardinals outscored the Golden Bears 3-0 in the...

Brown Bears top Generals in OT

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 17:16

All it took for the Kenai River Brown Bears to officially cast away the memories of their league-worst record in the North American Hockey League from a year ago was a little fighting, and Swedish forward Jonas Warman was up to the task.

Warman sparked the Brown Bears to a 2-1 overtime...