Birch Ridge Golf Report: Preseason party to mark passing of torch from one generation to next

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 00:24

Let’s travel back in time. It’s 1973, which marks the first year that Birch Ridge Golf Course was open for business under the leadership of Tom and Gail Smith, my maternal grandparents.

Track and field season opens without Big C Relays

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 00:24

As the spring track and field season shifts to the center of attention, there is a noticeable absence on the calendar, and it is leaving everyone in the dark.

Alaska Senate, House at odds with session poised to run long

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 21:35

JUNEAU — Leaders of the Republican-led Alaska Senate said Thursday they aren’t interested in instituting an income tax or raising oil industry taxes as a way to address the state’s multibillion-dollar deficit.

HB 199 gets hearing, won’t pass this year

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 21:34

The push a group of fisheries activists made to get a section of Alaska law overhauled is making its way through the Legislature, but won’t pass this year.

New regulations in effect for dust control in Soldotna

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:19

With the snow gone and sand lining the peninsula’s streets and parking lots, new regulations in Soldotna seek to reduce how much of that sand ends up in the city’s air.

Church News

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 21:16

Apostolic Assembly celebrates resurrection

Voices of Faith: Entrance and Exit

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 21:15

Jean-Paul Sartre in describing the despair in our world did so with two words; “No exit!” The philosopher could never reconcile his personal view of the world with reality. He wanted to try to make sense of life but struggled because he automatically discounted everything the bible says about life and death. His view point was that once you die, there is no exit, no way out. He looked at Jesus Christ died and thought; “That’s all she wrote! It was fun while it lasted, but it’s over!” While I may be extrapolating more from the man’s words I do feel it is in line with the way he thought and wrote.

Travels, treks and trout

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:13

​For some avid anglers, even the prolific fishing opportunities in the Last Frontier are sometimes not enough. That was true for Soldotna resident Bruce King, who went from Alaska to Argentina last year in search of the ultimate rainbow trout.

Edamame in the garden are flavorful and easy to grow

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 21:14

Move over, tempeh, tofu, miso, soy sauce, soy milk and other processed soy foods. Make way for edamame.

Refuge Notebook: American marten on the Kenai are climate change ‘winners’

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 21:14

I skied Resurrection Trail from Hope to Cooper Landing, a fun adventure that I haven’t done in several years. On both trips, I saw lots of American marten tracks in the snow along Resurrection Creek and even more on the ridges above as the trail climbs toward Devils Pass.