The Bookworm Sez: Put your spy kills to work in real life

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:26

You were always a first-rate Hide & Seek player.

Voices of Alaska: Alaska depends on general aviation

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:26

It’s no exaggeration to say those of us in Alaska depend heavily on general aviation. Less than 20 percent of Alaska’s communities are connected to Alaska’s meager road system, and there are over 150 communities across Alaska where air travel is the only means of getting in or out. Growing up in Alaska I lived 40 miles from the nearest road. We depended on seaplanes and ski planes for everything from mail to groceries. Living in such remote settings would often leave you with a sense of isolation, however, thanks to general aviation and our network of small airports we were able to remain connected to the world. Almost any community outside of Anchorage depends heavily on their local airport. Were it not for general aviation, it’d be impossible for many communities in Alaska to survive.

What others say: BLM bigwigs need to move west

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:26

A bipartisan group of senators and congressmen says the headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management should move out of Washington, D.C., and relocate in the West, where the agency manages 385,000 square miles of public lands.

Assembly spikes bed tax, wrangles with budget

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:02

Kenai Peninsula voters won’t have to consider a bed tax in the election this fall.

State applies for Medicaid innovation project

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:25

The state is moving forward with a plan to reorganize Medicaid services for certain individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.

Kenai Peninsula College to host health fair Saturday

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:25

If you’ve been putting off that wellness checkup, this weekend is your chance to get back on a healthy track.

What does a 1st-time Alaska visitor read to get ready?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:18

Whether they’re built on John Muir’s journey along the Southeast in a Tlingit canoe, Christopher McCandless’ iconic teal and white bus or a retelling of a particularly daring hike in your local newspaper, adventures are easily inspired by the stories we read and tell.

Riders with a cause

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:07

Snowmachiners turn out for cancer patient fundraiser

D.A.R.E., not scare

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:07

In the 1980s political leaders attempted to address the drug crisis among youth with a simple answer to a complex problem: “Just say No!” Programs like D.A.R.E sprung up across the nation, which was the acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.

What others say: Trump officials’ lavish tastes shameful

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:07

It never pays for public officials to appear to be living high on the hog. Well, almost never. At least that’s the advice we should have given a certain former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon who took up politics only recently and now finds himself defending a $31,561 dining room set the taxpayers purchased for his office suite at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. And, apparently, he didn’t even get to pick it out.