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Holy Cow

One moment, Devin Malutin held his hand high in the air, clinging to a bucking bull while cheers from the stands spurred him on. The next, he lay in the dirt as Central Emergency Services personnel and other rodeo participants bent over his broken leg.
Soldotna Progress Days Rodeo: 'You just got to be a cowboy'

Joe Dilley, a member of the Soldotna Equestrian Association and an organizer of the upcoming Progress Days Rodeo, said that while cattle ranching is not as visible in Alaska as it is in other western states, it is nonetheless part of the state's culture.
'Cinderella' is pretty good; just too predictable

I was talking to my mother the other day about this week's "Cinderella," the latest in Walt Disney's attempt to remonetize every single old animated film they have by releasing live-action versions. Next up will be "The Jungle Book," directed by Jon Favreau, then comes "Beauty and the Beast," and by the time my kids are out of high school they'll have worked their way around to "Oliver and Co." and "The Great Mouse Detective." As a retired kindergarten teacher, my mother is always up for a kid's movie, even when the grandchildren are miles away. I was just about to give her the low down when she told me she'd been hearing lots of negative buzz on the movie.
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The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. in the borough building at 148 N. Binkley Street in Soldotna (unless otherwise noted). For more information, call 907-714-8888 or visit

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Remember the Urban Assault Vehicle, the weaponry-equipped motorhome Bill Murray took on a joyride in the 1981 military-themed comedy flick "Stripes"? Well, Andrew and Lee Judge own a Cupcake Assault Vehicle.
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School board to meetThe Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 148 *. Binkley Street in Soldotna (unless otherwise noted).For more information, call 714-8888 or visit The agenda and packet items are posted on Wednesday afternoon prior to the date of the Board meeting.
Disney kisses a frog, but is it magic?

'The Princess and the Frog'
Barn to be wild!

...would be possible without the help. There will be a family style rodeo at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and "Beauty and the Beast," which will include ladies' bull riding and barrel races, at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
NOW PLAYING: Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber is, without question, the Steven Spielberg of the stage. With such huge hits as Cats , Les Miserables , and, of course, Phantom of the Opera to his name, he has attained heights few theater types have even dreamed of, at least since the advent of film. Can he, however, make the leap from stage to screen? Do his big budget spectacles translate? That is, I suppose, for the audience to decide, and I imagine that the impressive box office this weekend's big budget adaptation of Phantom will help. However, though it is elaborately staged and dressed to the nines, the filmed Phantom leaves something to desire.
Photo feature: Little beauties

...Hamilton, Penelope Litzen and Madison Leckwee try to stay focused during a break in the action at a rehearsal for "Beauty and the Beast" earlier this week. The Kenai Performers will stage the Disney classic this weekend and next at Kenai Central...


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