Reeling it in: The good and the bad of 2017

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 14:00

2017 was an odd year for all of us. Outside, the world seems more divided than it ever has, though I can’t say I’ve felt that at home. People are still people — sometimes they do things I agree with, sometimes they don’t, but we all seem to get along pretty well here on the Kenai Peninsula.

Op-ed: A righteous campaign against MS-13

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 10:21

Donald Trump is given to lurid rhetoric, and in the MS-13 gang he has finally met a subject beyond his ability to exaggerate.

Local skiers join National Ski Championship action

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 00:06

Local skiers competed with the country’s best Wednesday at the U.S. Cross-Country Ski Championships at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Ancient DNA gives glimpse of ancestors of Native Americans

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 21:34

NEW YORK — DNA from an infant who died in Alaska some 11,500 years ago is giving scientists the best look yet at the genetics of the ancestors of today’s native peoples of the Americas.

Economist: Alaska job losses expected to moderate

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 21:34

JUNEAU — The state labor department expects continued job losses in Alaska this year but at a more moderate level than earlier in the recession.

Local man starts Flying Spaghetti Monster congregation in response to borough assembly’s invocation policy

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 09:20

Ever since the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s controversial policy regarding invocations before meetings was updated and finalized in 2016, people across the peninsula have been voicing their support or frustration, some more vigorously than others.

CPH’s first 2018 baby born Wednesday

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 21:33

If her first day is any indication, Zoe Rae Samora is going to be an early bird.

Polar bear Ahpun dies after nearly 20 years at Alaska Zoo

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 22:11

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A beloved polar bear at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage has died.

CIRCAC studying pipeline leaks

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:06

After 2017 began with a natural gas leak in Cook Inlet, local spill prevention experts are preparing a comprehensive look at Cook Inlet’s aging oil and natural gas pipeline infrastructure. The Cook Inlet Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council (CIRCAC) is now wrapping up a pair of reports surveying regional pipelines and the state and federal authorities that oversee them, and is planning to follow with a historical record of leaks and responses, leading ultimately to a set of recommendations from industry and government experts about how to reduce the risk of future leaks.

PEAKS test adds writing analysis portion

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 22:11

The Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools, or PEAKS, test will feature a new prompt in the English language arts section for grades four through nine this spring.