Soldotna baseball beats Homer in opener for both teams

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 00:11

The host Soldotna baseball team defeated Homer 8-1 on Monday in the season opener for both teams.

Kenai soccer sweeps Nikiski

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 00:11

The host Kenai Central soccer teams swept Nikiski on Monday in Peninsula Conference action, with the girls winning 3-0 and the boys notching a 7-0 victory.

New Kenai Planner emphasizes listening, balance

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:22

Elizabeth Appleby, who became Kenai’s new city planner on April 9, said she’s practiced the skills of listening to and balancing different interests through her past work as an environmental permitting consultant for Alaska megaprojects including the Donlin Gold mine and the Alaska LNG project.

Farmers look to attract tourists

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:03

Farmers in Alaska are looking to tourists to help round out their profit margins.

Op-ed: Hannity’s unnecessary disclosure exposure

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 09:27

I hate going against the grain. (Actually, I love going against the grain.) I hate the condemnation I get when I do (actually, I love that, too) — particularly when it comes from colleagues who are stumbling all over themselves to criticize broadcaster Sean Hannity for not disclosing his lawyer-client relationship with Donald Trump’s consigliere, Michael Cohen.

Op-ed: Is ‘Old-fashioned’ returning?

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 09:26

“It’s a modern changing world

Op-ed: The Republican high-water mark

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 09:25

If Republicans aren’t losing their congressional majority this coming fall, they are doing a good job of acting like it.

What others say: On social justice, still work to do

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 09:25

It’s notable that both Facebook and Starbucks, two mega-giants of what has been called the new economy, have had public comeuppances within days of each other.

Voices of the Peninsula: Thoughts and observations on Earth Day

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 09:25

“Observe and contemplate,’’ says Madeleine L’Engle, and so did a small band of planetgazers on March 25th, shivering around two telescopes positioned in the parking area of the Challenger Center. We were there to view the five planets available to see on this clear night. Andy Veh was our host. He had agreed to set up his equipment and explain what we were seeing. Mercury was obscured by trees and clouds to the west. Venus was bright, holding the 4:00 position, about “fifteen inches” from the moon. The gray pock-marked lunar surface was easily seen. Mars was a noticeably red dot within “five inches” of the moon (we could see neither of the Martian rovers). Moving east and almost directly overhead, we saw spectacular Saturn with its rings and one of its tiny moons. Largest and furthest in the eastern sky, Jupiter, with its cloudy bands of gas and four of its moons, completed our solar system tour.