What others say: Legislature in overtime again

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:31

For most of us, 121 days is a decent length of time. It’s about the length of an Interior summer, for instance, which most of us would like to see longer but which is nonetheless sufficient to tide us through the winter. It’s more days than President Donald Trump has been in office. But for Alaska’s Legislature, it hasn’t been enough time to come to a budget solution, despite two previous years to come to grips with the problem. The stances of the House and Senate, in fact, haven’t changed appreciably since about the first month of the session. And although Alaska’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit is a big, serious problem that requires substantial time and effort to fix, it’s hard to make the argument that all the time in the past 121 days has been productively spent.

Op-ed: Friendly world, hostile home

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:30

Americans hold their breath and hope against hope that President Donald Trump makes it through his overseas trip without further embarrassing the United States on the world stage. Even if he manages to pull off all the heads-of-state pageantry in far-off lands, he cannot distance himself from the piles of mess he’s left back home.

Kenai Alt graduates look forward

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:24

Kenai Alternative High School

Roadwork ahead for Old Sterling Highway

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:41

Motorists who frequent the Old Sterling Highway as an alternative to the main highway on the southern Kenai Peninsula will see some improvements down the road.

Woman hospitalized in Eagle River moose attack

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:51

A woman was taken to the hospital after being attacked by a moose in the Eaglewood neighborhood of Eagle River on Monday evening.

Ambiguities remain in advertising regulations for cannabis businesses

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:00

There’s a lot of confusion around what exactly some of the marijuana business regulations mean in Alaska, leading to missteps and accidental violations.

Fund balance cap, health care fund, cemetery expansion in Kenai budget

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:22

New features in the $15 million budget proposal that Kenai City Council members will be debating and voting on in the near future include a dedicated fund for employee health care, fund balance caps for city departments, and an increase in the pension contribution the city makes to public employee retirement funding.

Soldotna ‘all-stars’ graduate

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:53

The thoughts of Soldotna High School’s graduating class were filled with college, work, vacations, the Lower 48 and sleeping in at their commencement Monday, but the ceremony was marked with the reminder that they can always call themselves Soldotna High School Stars.

Op-ed: The genius of Roger Ailes

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:21

Roger Ailes was no genius, not in the league of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The founding chairman of Fox News Channel, who died last week from complications after suffering a fall, understood and respected Middle America from whence he came.

What others say: The troubling increase in non-compete agreements

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:18

The economy thrives when businesses compete with each other for workers and customers. That is hardly a new idea, but it bears repeating as companies increasingly use noncompete agreements to lock up employees and prevent them from taking better-paying or more fulfilling jobs.