Refuge Notebook: Rain Shadows Create Diverse (and Changing) Alpine Habitats

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 20:51

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is often described as “Alaska in miniature” because of the variety of habitats that occur here. On the Kenai Peninsula, we live where two biomes meet. The eastern half of the Kenai Mountains has a climate similar to the temperate rainforest that spans the Oregon Coast and rainy Southeast Alaska, finally reaching its northwestern limit here. On the eastern side, rubber boots are needed to protect soggy feet.

Critter tracks read like a story in the snow

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 20:50

By RICH LANDERS

Poet’s Corner: Yesteryear

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:47

Yesteryear

The Bookworm Sez: Jump on this ‘Bucket List’

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:42

You always wanted to jump from an airplane.

Reeling it in: ‘Great Wall’ has a few cracks

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:43

The big joke about this week’s movie, that Matt Damon, of all people, is in ancient China fighting alongside colorful soldiers atop the titular Great Wall, turns out to be the least ridiculous part of the film. That doesn’t mean it’s good, just bad for different reasons.

Nikiski girls 2nd in latest WPI release

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 01:01

In the latest Win Percentage Index (WPI) release published online Wednesday by the Alaska Schools Activities Association, the Nikiski girls were ranked second among Class 3A girls statewide competition.

State ski teams ready for fun

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 01:01

For the first time in three years, high school varsity cross-country ski teams are headed to the season-ending state meet with hardly a concern for snow conditions.

‘Guys and Dolls’ set to open Friday

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 11:18

The Kenai Performers’ rendition of “Guys and Dolls” opens Friday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School, giving theater lovers a look into the 1950s world of New York City gamblers and gangsters. Complete with orchestra and full choreography, the show is a classic big production that the Kenai Performers last put on in 1983, said Terri Burdick, the assistant director for the production.

Challenges remain in making patchwork into a city

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:48

Nikiski residents are rolling onward in their bid to become a city.

HEA Director’s election open for candidates

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 14:21

The utility cooperative Homer Electric Association (HEA) — which supplies electricity to 22,892 member-owners on the Kenai Peninsula — has three openings on its nine-member Board of Directors, which members will vote to fill this spring.