State issues first marijuana warning to licensed business

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 21:22

An Anchorage marijuana business that ran afoul of state regulations will be let off with a warning.

On Thursday, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board heard from director Cindy Franklin, who said the owners of Arctic Herbery will not be prosecuted for the first alleged violation of Alaska’s...

Independent Living Center reapplies for transit voucher funding

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 21:30

After a year of unstable funding, the Independent Living Center is applying to restore the state support for its voucher transportation program.

The center, which has locations in Homer, Seward and Soldotna, operates a voucher program to reduce the cost of taxi rides for seniors and those...

Walker fires back after getting 'D' for business grade

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 21:22

Gov. Bill Walker took umbrage with the conclusion drawn by Alaska business groups that his policies have almost failed the state’s private sector.

The governor wrote a six-page point-by-point rebuttal to the “D” grade he received on the Alaska Business Report Card put out jointly by the...

Refuge Notebook: World War II veterans contributed to Kenai Refuge history

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 18:11

As Veteran’s Day approaches and after reading an article on the recent book “Mission to the Kurils” in the Alaska Dispatch News on Nov. 6, I could not help but think of World War II veterans Dave Spencer and John Hakala, both former managers of the Kenai National Moose Range, now known as the...

An Outdoor View: Of grouse and cutthroat

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:55

I can remember a few fall days when I wished I’d stayed in bed, but most of my memories of fall days are good. So good, in fact, that fall is my favorite season.

I grew up in Skagit Valley, north of Seattle. One fall day when I was 8 or 9, I saw my first grouse. I was standing under a...

Voices of Faith: Route can be complicated, but have faith in the destination

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 17:21

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the GPS guidance (in Facebook parlance I would say “it’s complicated”). Of course I do realize that GPS guidance is an incredible technology. A phone small enough to slip between the couch cushions can see a satellite all the way up in space, figure...

Church news

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 10:05

Christmas bazaar to support mission projects

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League members are hosting a Christmas Bazaar to help fund mission projects locally, nationally and internationally. The Bazaar will be held Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Star of the North Lutheran...

Honor our veterans today and every day

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 16:24

Today is Veterans Day, a day set aside each year to thank and honor veterans for their service and sacrifice.

That reason was first expressed by President Woodrow Wilson when he proclaimed the first of what was called Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919: “To us in America, the reflections of...

What went wrong in this year's presidential polls?

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:37

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s victory came as a surprise to many Americans, the nation’s pollsters most of all.

Heading into Election Day, most national surveys overstated what will likely be a narrow popular vote advantage for Hillary Clinton and led many to believe she was a shoo-in to...

Kenai Peninsula goat hunts close

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 21:23

To prevent overharvest, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has closed two Kenai Peninsula mountain goat hunts — one located outside of Seward, the other near Homer. Registration hunts RG346 and RG360 will close by emergency order on Friday at 11:59 p.m.

Fish and Game manages mountain...