Mountainfilm Tour

The Mountainfilm Tour is stopping in Soldotna today, with a screening at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

Mountianfilm is a documentary film festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colo., with a selection of those films going on tour around the country. Mountainfilm organizers bill the festival as “using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.”

Joyce Cox, of Soldotna, is hosting the Soldotna stop of the Mountainfilm tour. She’s watched the films elsewhere for years and was so impressed she went to the festival in Colorado last May and decided to bring the films to Soldotna.

“I just feel like we all need to support the arts more and this is another opportunity that we haven’t had in our community for these types of art films,” Cox said. “This is just another art film that is part of our society that can make society better and hope for change for a better world.”

Spring 2019: Arts Education

May 28, 2019
Kenai Peninsula College

Education budgets have been a major discussion topic this legislative session. And when the possibility for cuts to schools becomes real, arts are often at the top of the list. Cam Choy, Associate Art Professor at Kenai Peninsula College; Sadie Sprenger, art student at KPC and Chris Jenness, Art Instructor at Soldotna High School join us to talk about art in and out of the classroom.

Jay Barrett/KDLL

  A new exhibition by two University of Alaska Anchorage artists blend huge ceramic sculptures of Alaska wildlife with stark intaglio prints.

Alanna DeRocchi and Jonathan S. Green are the two artists in the “Of Stone” exhibit, which opens Thursday night. 

The first piece one sees upon entering the Kenai Fine Arts Center is of an emaciated polar bear, gaunt and drenched and struggling to get to its feet. It’s based on an image DeRocchi once saw.

Bernie's 'Believers' touring Alaska with his songs

Apr 18, 2019

  Just so you know, “Bernie and the Believers” is not a band formed to tout a certain presidential candidate from New England. Bernie and the Believers are about something more important than politics: music and friendship. 

Just three years ago singer-songwriter Essence Goldman was back from touring and looking to make ends meet by giving singing lessons. That’s when she met. Bernie Dalton.

Students head back to class next Tuesday in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Let’s get ready with a little math.

At its Aug. 6 meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education approved its fiscal year 2019 budget, which necessitated shaving about $523,000 from expenditures.

Many of the line items represent vacant positions that will not be filled, with duties shifting onto other departments or personnel. This includes $115,500 for a purchasing supervisor, $29,000 in school administration and $120,000 for a district art specialist.

Several school board members voiced heartburn over the loss of the art position.