Wait, don’t toss those poinsettias to the curb!

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:26

Poinsettias have become the best-selling potted plants in the United States, and are second in popularity only to Christmas trees during the holiday season. Unfortunately, they also are among the least understood.

A newcomer to cross-country skiing gets hooked by the sport

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:26

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The first time I tried cross-country skiing, I was in junior high in southern Minnesota wondering why anyone would want to work that hard in bitter cold when they could be downhill skiing (or hiding indoors) instead.

Ready to weather the storm

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:24

If there’s a bright spot in the recent headlines regarding Alaska’s economy, it’s this: on the Kenai Peninsula, the bad news isn’t nearly as bad as it could be.

Tourism projected to grow 2% in 2017

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 15:52

The tourism season in Alaska is projected to grow by 2 percent over this year, but the future for the industry’s marketing is still uncertain.

Letters to the editor

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:23

Chuitna mine threatens Alaska way of life

Photo: Cooking up creativity

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:55

Shannon Sumner (left) stirs together a melting mix of butters and essential oils while talking to Katie Cronce at a do-it-yourself body butter-making class on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at the Kenai Community Library in Kenai, Alaska. Kenai librarian Ryanna Thurman teaches a DIY classs about once a month, showing attendees how to make their own deodorants, chapstick, perfume and other products. Past sessions have charged participants material fees, but the nonprofit group Friends of Kenai Community Library has begun covering the cost, Thurman said, so the classes are now offered for free. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Suspected airport gunman’s life unraveled over past year

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:49

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Esteban Santiago stood alone in the cold one day last month outside Mom & Pop’s liquor store in Anchorage. He was waving his arms and having a terrible argument in the parking lot.

Sexual assault survivor finds freedom in art inspired from her diary

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 15:11

“I think it’s powerful and addresses something that isn’t often talked about in public,” Lauren Brooks, a former advocate for Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE), said at the First Friday art display at Alaska Robotics of “Finding My Voice” by Christine Carpenter.

The Bookworm Sez: Putting fat in perspective

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 15:07

Here’s something important: your pants don’t fit anymore.

The best and worst of 2016

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 15:08

2016 is come and gone and though it was definitely a dramatic year in a lot of ways, I’m not sure how monumental it was in the world of cinema. I ended up seeing 64 new movies this year and while I saw things I certainly liked and didn’t like, there really wasn’t anything earthshaking like last year’s “Star Wars” for me.