A scientist, a Native voice, and a former public radio chief compete for Alaska's Democratic chance at the U.S. House

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 22:00

Don Young has represented Alaska in the U.S. House of Representatives for the past 43 years. This year, three Democratic challengers are competing for the right to challenge him and end the career of a man who has served in the House for the 12th-longest term in American history. Among them are...

Knopp makes run for House District 30 seat

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 22:11

After successfully winning a seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last fall, Gary Knopp is making a bid for the next step up the political ladder.

The Kenai resident, originally of Whitefish, Montana, was the last to enter the highly contested race for Rep. Kurt Olson’s seat in...

Employers begin programs to develop industry 'cross-skills'

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 22:18

Alaska employer and training groups are taking another step in a long-sought goal: identifying “cross-industry” skills that will allow workforce training to focus on entry-level capabilities useful across several related industries such as petroleum, mining and maritime.

It has not turned...

Koch: Managing the budget and changing a culture

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 09:37

My number one priority is to work diligently to chart a path to fiscal sustainability for the State of Alaska. The first component of developing a sustainable budget is the adoption of law that establishes a spending cap, with a formula which limits the growth of government into the future....

What others say: Study casts doubt on single accreditation as option for savings

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 09:48

The University of Alaska is in a difficult position. Facing budget cuts that have extended and deepened for multiple years, the state’s higher education system is looking at extreme measures to reduce its costs, as legislators have sent signals that further cuts may well be in the offing....

Really? Shrubs stolen from CPH Peace Garden

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:01

In the wake of a tragic shooting at Central Peninsula Hospital several years ago a Peace Garden was created to remember those who perished during that incident as well as many of the pioneers and loved ones of many of the community’s members who have passed on. “A place reserved for connecting...

Allie Ostrander comes home for her Salmon Run Series

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:01

The final race in the 2016 Salmon Run Series featured the founder of the series, now internationally acclaimed running phenomenon Allie Ostrander. The holder of many Alaska State running records and multiple state championships, the 2015 KCHS graduate just finished her freshman year at Boise...

More to come at Funny River Community Center

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:00

On the heels of the most successful ever Funny River Festival this summer comes another event being planned for the Funny River Community Center. According Jill Tyler, festival organizer and volunteer there will be a Gospel Music Festival coming at the Funny River outdoor pavilion, “We have a...

Paul Seaton deserves your vote

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 11:13

Having worked with legislators and staff on numerous state issues over the last decade, I take issue with some of the negative comments and advertising that has been focused on Representative Paul Seaton of Homer. As we all know, there is tremendous diversity and levels of expertise amongst our...

Keep a voice of reason in Juneau

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 11:10

I live near Homer and so does Paul Seaton. But we first met in the middle rip somewhere off Humpy Point. He was standing on his back deck in his underwear, soaking wet, having just cut a chunk of line out of his propeller. That was 45 years ago. I towed him in that day, but since then, he has...