Former access point to Lower Trail Lake remains closed

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 21:43

Access to a trailhead off the Seward Highway near Moose Pass will stay blocked off because of safety concerns on the nearby railroad tracks.

Boaters were frustrated late this summer when the Alaska Railroad Corporation welded a gate shut, closing off access to an area people had used as an...

Health insurance enrollment up

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 21:43

Those seeking health insurance for the upcoming year have a little over a month left to get their coverage lined up.

The open enrollment period for the federal health insurance marketplace opened Nov. 1, with various starting periods — for example, someone who enrolled before Dec. 15 would...

Volcano eruption in Aleutian Islands sparks aviation alert

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 21:43

The Alaska Volcano Observatory has issued its highest level of alert for aviation after what it says was a brief eruption of a volcano on the Aleutian Islands on Tuesday.

The observatory says pilots reported the Bogoslof volcano on Bogoslof Island, which is part of the Aleutian Islands,...

HEA will not deregulate

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 12:15

Homer Electric Association will remain under the oversight of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, the agency which oversees the pricing practices of public utilities in Alaska.

With 31.7 percent of HEA’s members returning ballots, 2,042 voted to withdraw from RCA oversight and 4,854 —...

Sterling woman gets 5 years for sex abuse of minor

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 21:43

Sterling resident Laurel Lee was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday in the final hearing of a sexual abuse case more than two years old.

Lee, 53, was convicted of one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, a class B felony, in May after a six-day trial. She had been accused...

Christmas spice cinnamon cloves nutmeg and ginger

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 09:43

The spices of the season include cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger. They are fragrant and exotic and anything made with them smells of Christmas. You may already have heirloom recipes for gingerbread, or Dutch Spice Cookies (otherwise known as “speculaas”), but the Chai-Spiced Pound Cake here...

Pioneer Potluck: About Alaskan Christmas trees and doggie treats

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 09:36

Year, 1985 to 2016 Christmas trees and Doggie Treats.


For the past few weeks I have been writing about Christmas trees from the time I grew up in Colorado to the first Christmas in Alaska.

Fast forward to 1985, Bob and I moved into a little one...

Obama bans future oil leases in much of Arctic, Atlantic

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 21:43

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama on Tuesday designated the bulk of U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean as indefinitely off limits to future oil and gas leasing.

The move helps put some finishing touches on Obama’s environmental legacy while also...

Op-ed: Naming rights right now!

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 16:15

My loyal readers, both of them, possibly remember that I’ve long championed some outside-the-box ways to reduce the deficit before we’re overwhelmed with national debt. High on the list is naming rights. Our agencies could rake in billions of dollars by allowing corporations and other deep-...

What others say: UAF begins search for a leader

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 16:15

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has been the state’s flagship college campus for almost 100 years, and soon it may again have a permanent chancellor. Budget woes caused the delay in finding a permanent replacement for departed Chancellor Brian Rogers, who resigned in August 2015. And though...