What others say: CDC needs money to prepare for the next pandemic

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 20:42

Pick any of the serious infectious-disease outbreaks of recent years, and the chances are it started in one country and spread to others. The swine flu pandemic began in Mexico and soon swept into the United States; severe acute respiratory syndrome began in southern China and soon was in dozens of countries; the 2014-2015 Ebola virus disease outbreak that killed 11,314 people began in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, and threatened many others. The basic facts, that pathogens don’t stop at passport control and move fast in today’s globalized world, are why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been active in so many places abroad since the Ebola catastrophe.

Caring for the Kenai winners make a difference

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:01

Anya Hondel performs “Capt’n Conservation: Saving Energy One Lightbulb at a Time,” a puppet show which focuses on energy conservation, at Wednesday’s joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon. 

Sterling Highway construction to continue in 2018

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 20:42

The state is planning to continue four major road projects on the main highway to and from the Kenai Peninsula in 2018.

A look at the Food Bank’s waste reduction efforts

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 20:42

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank feeds hundreds of people per month, both through its diner and pantry. The staff collected more than 750,000 pounds of food in 2017.

Mumps confirmed in Juneau for first time in 20 years

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 20:56
Rare disease reaches capital city as outbreak continues in Anchorage

Rare disease reaches capital city as outbreak continues in Anchorage.

1st Tour of Tsalteshi: Picture-perfect conditions and a photo finish

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 00:24

Organizers of the first Tour of Tsalteshi got kudos all-around for a well-planned event.

Editorial: Let’s make a deal

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 11:07

While “don’t touch the dividend” seems to be a popular sentiment across Alaska, lawmakers in Juneau are chained to a different directive: don’t touch the Constitutional Budget Reserve — at least not yet.

Op-ed: Have Democrats overplayed their Trump hand?

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 11:07

It turns out that, with apologies to Nancy Pelosi, Republicans really did have to pass the tax bill so people could find out what’s in it.

Op-ed: Modern duck and cover

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 11:06

The “duck and cover” drills in our nation’s schools from the 1950s and ’60s, captured in the rudimentary videos of that generation, are now quaint images. They were supposed to help protect students and teachers from a nuclear attack, a futile exercise indeed. As the Cold War waned (if it really did), those regular civil defense run-throughs ran out.

Op-ed: The war that never ends

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 11:06

There is a war that has lasted longer than the one in Afghanistan. It is the so-called “war on poverty,” launched by President Lyndon Johnson during his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964.