Kenai manager anticipates difficult future budgeting

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 14:26

Declining sales taxes, anticipated reductions in state revenue sharing and pension funding, the rearrangement of a state meal program, and a probable rise in the cost of health care may complicate Kenai’s attempts to balance its budget in the coming years, according to Kenai City Manager Rick...

Walker renews push for Fund earnings to fill deficit

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 20:56

Gov. Bill Walker called for continued budget cuts, more state wage freezes, fuel tax increases and again proposed using Permanent Fund income to shrink Alaska’s $3 billion-plus annual deficit in his 2018 fiscal year budget package released Thursday.

The administration’s $4.21 billion...

Op-ed: Faking the news

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 17:36

Mainstream media are suddenly concerned about “fake news.” It used to be that phony stories were easy to spot. They usually focused on space aliens or mysterious creatures found wandering deep in the woods. My personal favorite in this genre was a 1992 “story” in the supermarket tabloid Weekly...

Op-ed: Red flags over Trump Towers

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 17:36

There is a really good reason to support Senate confirmation of Rex Tillerson to be President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state: Tony Perkins opposes him. Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council, otherwise known as the Bedroom Busybodies. He blasted out a statement...

Is giving an invocation an individual right?

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 17:36

In the Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway, the U.S. Supreme Court found the tradition of legislative bodies inviting local clergy to open meeting with an invocation to be constitutional, provided that minority faiths are not excluded.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly now faces a...

Unhinged Alaska: A special kind of Christmas tea

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 11:49

Once again Christmas and the advent of a new year are peeking over the horizon and, once again, the lady of the cabin has transformed our little dwelling into the quintessential yuletide abode.

The interior is festooned with homemade decorations while delicious aromas swirl from the...

Note from the Recycling Bin

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 11:49

— By greening-up your clean-up, you’ll be saving money, time, packaging, and indoor air quality. Using gentle household cleaners is also being kind to your septic system, which is likely working overtime this time of year. Simple and inexpensive ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and olive...

Community News and Notes

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 11:49
News and Notes

Soldotna Robotics Club is officially competing at the state tournament this year in January. Frost Tech and Frost Bots both competed for 1 of 11 qualifying slots to the state competition. Frost Tech Team #6995 earned a spot at the state competition after being chosen to receive the Connect...

Learning for Life: Healthier Holidays

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 11:49

The holidays are a wonderful time of year, full of joyous celebrations and time with loved ones. However, many people find that holiday cheer comes with an uninvited guest. Extra pounds. Seasonal baking, feasting, and parties can be a stumbling block for even the most well-intentioned individual...

4-Hers fare well at Public Presentation Contest

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 11:49

4-H is about helping prepare youth to be successful adults. One of the many ways this is achieved is through our Public Presentation Contest held every year. The children are in charge of choosing their presentation topic, what type of presentation it is, and how they are going to present it....