Swimming season preview: Peninsula teams are on the upswing

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 03:12

The last time a swimmer or diver from the Kenai Peninsula won a state title is 2013, when Homer diver Kasey Brinster came out on top.

The last peninsula swimmer to touch first at a state meet is Homer’s Richard Ginter in the 50-yard freestyle in 2011.

And the last central peninsula...

Week 4 prep football: SoHi and The Streak face a mammoth challenge in East

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 03:11

Every other prep football game will take a backseat this weekend when the Soldotna Stars arrive in Anchorage to take on the East Thunderbirds.

There may not be a more anticipated matchup in the regular season than Saturday’s heavyweight clash between the two unbeaten, top-ranked teams,...

Area runners take on TransRockies Run

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 23:01

At 120 miles and with over 20,000 feet of elevation gain, the TransRockies Run in Colorado appears to share a claim as the nation’s toughest race.

However, the race is known to three Kenai Peninsula runners for something completely different.

To Mark and Kenda Blanning of Kenai and...

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Great weather, greens make Kenai Peninsula Open a success

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 23:01

What a great weekend we had for both weather and golf! The sixth Kenai Peninsula Open is done, with James Contreras emerging the winner! It was a battle though, with high scores due to fast and firm greens conditions. Huge thanks to Bill Engberg and his staff for making it all possible.

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Nikiski study group makes progress on incorporation effort

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 22:53

Members of a study group in Nikiski are making strides in their efforts to turn the unincorporated area into a city.

In June, members of the Nikiski Citizens Incorporation Study Group presented their findings on the feasibility of incorporating the area into a home-rule city after work...

Picture this: Professor brings learning tools for the blind from Poland

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 23:02

Two images are drawn on a piece of paper. One is a basic stick figure of a Christmas tree, a single vertical line with branches sticking out. The other is a circle. Believe it or not, both are drawings of a tree.

Professor Boguslaw “Bob” Marek, who teaches English at John Paul II Catholic...

Paving the way: DNR project will establish dipnet infrastructure at Kasilof River mouth

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 23:11

Fish have played a major role throughout Kasilof’s history.

The Dena’ina people fished and lived near the mouth of the Kasilof River for generations. The first cannery in Cook Inlet, the second in Alaska, was built on the Kasilof River and operated there from approximately 1882 until 1938...

Rough terrain complicates efforts to recover bodies in crash

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 22:53

ANCHORAGE — Rough terrain complicated efforts to recover the bodies of four Alaskans and a Montana man who were killed when two small planes collided in western Alaska, authorities said Thursday.

On one plane, pilot Harry Wrase, 48, of Wasilla and his passengers, Steven Paul Andrew, 32, of...

Haa shuká: Tlingit language apps connect past, present and future

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 22:27

A new app, Tlingit Games, brings you into the world of wildlife. Choose “Birds!” and you watch hummingbirds, kingfishers and Stellar’s Jays fly in and out of a wooded scene of other birds. Press any one of them and you hear the Tlingit pronunciation over a soundscape of bird song and calls....

Photo: Misty mountain hop

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 17:52