City motocross race slated for Saturday

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:05

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Motocross Division will hold a city race at Twin City Raceway on Saturday. The raceway is located at Mile 6.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway on Shotgun Road across from Beaver Loop Road. The racing begins at 11 a.m., while rider signups are from 9 to 10 a.m.

Alaska lawmakers reach deal to avert deficit, but final vote awaits

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:03

Alaska lawmakers have agreed upon a plan to avert a statewide government shutdown, but at press time Thursday, the Alaska Legislature’s various factions were struggling to find enough votes to approve the deal.

Saddened by the loss

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:46

We were saddened to report the death of former Kenai city manager Rick Koch earlier this week, and will miss the contributions he had continued to make to the community after he stepped down from the position last year.

Letter: Many contributions make for memorable graduation

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:46

Many contributions make for memorable graduation

Letter: Sometimes, the grass is greener

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:46

Sometimes, the grass is greener

Friday night on the ice

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:42

On a summer night in Alaska, there is no shortage of light but Friday Night Lights at the ConocoPhillips Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility is offering something more vibrant than the midnight sun.

Out of the Office: A forest of two minds

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:01

East is east and west is west and never the twain shall meet. True or not in geopolitics, it fits the Kenai Peninsula’s two landscapes. There’s an unmarked border somewhere around Skilak Lake where a traveler from Anchorage — as I was in autumn 2014, ending a cross-country trip with my first drive across the peninsula — finds he’s run out of mountains. The winding road is now a line cut through a rolling swath of birch, aspen and black spruce. There are mountains on the far horizon, but they’re across the Inlet and, unless you trade your car for a charter plane, out of reach. It was autumn and the aspens were yellow, but I was sorry the road hadn’t stopped back in the mountains. Having recently lived in Vermont, I regretted that in Kenai I’d be a flatlander — though with snow-capped peaks in my eastern backyard.

Refuge Notebook: The lure of the North and where it led me

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:44

I first experienced the Far North in 1960 on a family road trip up the Al-Can Highway from California to Alaska. My father fixed up the back seat of our Dodge sedan with a wooden bench creating a wide bunk. With pillows and blankets, my sister Pam and I had a roomy travel nest in an era before seat belts and children’s car seats.

Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:40


A rose may be a rose — but varieties vary

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:40

Seeing gardens awash in rose blossoms this time of year is undoubtedly what prompted my sister-in-law to call me for suggestions on what roses to plant.