Alaska announces new vendor for student tests

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:48

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska education department has chosen a new vendor for its statewide student tests after glitches earlier this year prompted cancellation of the tests.

The department announced Thursday that tests from Minnesota-based Data Recognition Corp. will be given to...

Photo: What's in a name?

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:45

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion

James Kari, a linguist and professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, speaks to a large crowd packed into the McLane Commons for a presentation on Alaska Native languages and linguistics during Alaska Native/Native American Heritage...

Red Cross hosts training this weekend

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:46

The American Red Cross of Alaska will host a two-day training session this weekend for Kenai Peninsula residents interested in volunteering.

When disaster strikes, members of the Red Cross are dispatched around Alaska. Since there is currently no Red Cross office on the Kenai Peninsula,...

Assembly both helps, hinders affordable housing battle

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:31

The Juneau Assembly recently took one step forward and at least half a step back in its fight to make housing more affordable in the capital city.

During its Monday night meeting, the Assembly supported one initiative to increase downtown housing after it slightly weakened a plan to...

Fish and Game recommends lower goals in Lower Cook Inlet

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:31

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reevaluating many of the sustainable escapement goals it has set around the state using a new method designed to correct the faults of an old one.

Fish and Game sets two kinds of goals for escapement into rivers: biological escapement goals and...

Proposals would limit aquaculture's cost recovery harvest

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:31

Staff kept busy Thursday at the Board of Fisheries meeting in Homer running microphones around the room to keep up with the public wanting to weigh in.

The board moved into its Committee of the Whole process Thursday, a town-hall style consideration process in which the staff and public...

Refuge Notebook: Reflecting on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's 75th anniversary (Part 1)

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 09:51

On December 16, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8979 establishing the Kenai National Moose Range. The eve of its 75th anniversary presents an ideal moment to reflect on the history of the Moose Range, later to become the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

At the...

An Outdoor View: On adversity

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 18:02

While listening to the radio the other day, I heard two people talking about going to Mars. One asked, “Why would anyone want to go to Mars?” The other said, “Some people would do it just for the adversity.”

That got me to wondering. I shudder at the thought of being strapped into a...

Gardening offers payback at the holidays in form of gifts

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 18:02

Gardeners make good friends, especially during the holidays when they give out foods preserved from their gardens.

The top five canning recipes used during the holidays are for applesauce, cranberry sauce, jalapeno jelly, apple pie filling and sauerkraut, according to a recent survey by...

Outdoorsman create card game for hunters

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 18:01

FAIRBANKS — As in hunting, success in the new card game Gut Pile is a matter of preparation and getting lucky breaks.

Players score points by assembling the elements for a perfect hunt while avoiding their opponent’s attack cards like hypothermia, beaver fever and the always-dangerous...