Op-ed: The nation's abattoir

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:00

The city of Chicago is conducting a long, bloody experiment in what happens to a gang-ridden municipality in the absence of effective policing.

It is keeping the morgue depressingly busy. Seven hundred sixty-two people were murdered in the city in 2016, a nearly unheard of 50 percent...

What others say: Review of ethics office overdue

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 16:28

The 115th Congress flopped into Washington on Tuesday with House Republicans proposing and then dropping marginal changes to an internal ethics office. The reversal is an unforced political error, but the GOP is right that the investigative body has the power to destroy reputations without due...

Assembly declines to change invocation policy

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 22:06

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted not to change its invocation policy during its Tuesday night meeting.

The policy, which the assembly passed in October, is the subject of a recently-filed lawsuit against the borough. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska claims in the...

Right place, right time: Moose Federation driver aids snowmachiner

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 22:00

Quick thinking and the proper safety equipment helped Kenai Peninsula resident Laurie Speakman come to the aid of a teen whose snowmobile caught fire Tuesday.

Speakman is a volunteer driver for the Alaska Moose Federation who picks up the animals when they are hit and killed and brings...

Beneath the waves or underground, warming Alaska poses multiple threats

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 21:55

When you talk to climatologists about 2016, the phrase “mind-boggling” comes up a lot.

“For crying out loud, yesterday it was 36 degrees in Barrow, Alaska, in the middle of winter,” said Rick Fritsch, a climate expert for the National Weather Service in Juneau. “If that doesn’t make the...

Watching prices, production, exploration in 2017

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 21:55

2017 will start with hope in Alaska’s oil industry as prices continue to inch towards $60 per barrel. But where prices will go is anyone’s guess.

State government and industry both hope OPEC’s deal to cut production by 1.4 million barrels daily has teeth and can keep prices on the recent...

Hibbert to replace Knopp on assembly

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 21:55

Brent Hibbert will step into a seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly representing District 1, effective Wednesday.

Gary Knopp, the current assembly member from District 1 — which includes Kalifornsky Beach Road and part of Kenai — resigned from the position, also effective Tuesday...

Preserve the past, safeguard the future with heirloom keeper recipes

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 09:23

For the holidays over the past few years, my friend, Lainey Smith, of Bluffton, has baked me a cheese pie made from a special passed-down recipe that came via her late grandmother Nana Sadie (Sadie Sharaf) and mother, Lillian (Sharaf) Smith, also deceased. As if the pie and the act of baking it...

Pioneer Potluck: About filling the memory jar. A sauna story.

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 09:32

Nikiski, Alaska 1986 to 1990

Building Christmas memories

Christmas Eve 2016


Memory Number One:

We once lived in a small log cabin with one bedroom, a very small bathroom and a kitchen...

Op-ed: Politics is a much tougher game

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 16:39

What a phenomenal postseason finale for the political football season! Donald Trump’s Trump University won the Electoral College championship. At least his fraudulent institution didn’t cause him to lose the big game. In fact, he won, and afterward, with a sweep of his pen on his checkbook, he...