Northwood Plaza revives popular location with new shopping sites

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:01

The former C-Plaza shopping center just outside of Kenai on the North Rd. has a new look, a new name, new owners and five new shops. The new name is The Northwood Plaza and the new owners are Tina Hall and her husband. “We got to looking around at the vacant buildings in town and didn’t like to...

Op-Ed: Ransom by another name

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 09:36

You’ve probably heard the very old riddle: When is a door not a door? When it’s ajar.

An updated version might go like this: When is a ransom not a ransom? When the Obama administration says it isn’t.

President Obama and his State Department want us to believe that $400 million in...

Isaev, Mitchell take Celebrate Life! run

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 23:35

Leonid Isaev and Michelle Mitchell won the Celebrate Life! 5K Run and Walk on Saturday at the Soldotna Bible Chapel.

Isaev finished the course in 18 minutes, 26 seconds, while Mitchell crossed the line in 19:40.

The event is annually free to the public and held the first Saturday in...

KPC makes deep cuts

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 21:54

Now that the 2016 legislative session is over, Kenai Peninsula College Director Gary Turner has had to implement the budget reductions he had planned for both the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years in 2017.

The college’s budget next year will decrease by nearly 17 percent from the 2016 budget as...

A scientist, a Native voice, and a former public radio chief compete for Alaska's Democratic chance at the U.S. House

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 22:00

Don Young has represented Alaska in the U.S. House of Representatives for the past 43 years. This year, three Democratic challengers are competing for the right to challenge him and end the career of a man who has served in the House for the 12th-longest term in American history. Among them are...

Knopp makes run for House District 30 seat

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 22:11

After successfully winning a seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last fall, Gary Knopp is making a bid for the next step up the political ladder.

The Kenai resident, originally of Whitefish, Montana, was the last to enter the highly contested race for Rep. Kurt Olson’s seat in...

Employers begin programs to develop industry 'cross-skills'

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 22:18

Alaska employer and training groups are taking another step in a long-sought goal: identifying “cross-industry” skills that will allow workforce training to focus on entry-level capabilities useful across several related industries such as petroleum, mining and maritime.

It has not turned...

Koch: Managing the budget and changing a culture

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 09:37

My number one priority is to work diligently to chart a path to fiscal sustainability for the State of Alaska. The first component of developing a sustainable budget is the adoption of law that establishes a spending cap, with a formula which limits the growth of government into the future....

What others say: Study casts doubt on single accreditation as option for savings

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 09:48

The University of Alaska is in a difficult position. Facing budget cuts that have extended and deepened for multiple years, the state’s higher education system is looking at extreme measures to reduce its costs, as legislators have sent signals that further cuts may well be in the offing....

Really? Shrubs stolen from CPH Peace Garden

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:01

In the wake of a tragic shooting at Central Peninsula Hospital several years ago a Peace Garden was created to remember those who perished during that incident as well as many of the pioneers and loved ones of many of the community’s members who have passed on. “A place reserved for connecting...