An Outdoor View: The big one that got away

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 17:51

Author’s note: This is among my favorite the-big-one-got-away stories. It first appeared in the Clarion in 1998. Gary Dennis, the charter-boat captain who told it to me, passed away in December 2000. The 459-pound halibut that Jack Targis caught near Dutch Harbor, Alaska, in...

Growing blackberries without the blood

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 17:51

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been picking and eating what are arguably the best fruits I have ever tasted (a belief I often hold when a particular fruit is ripe). They are blackberries, but not just any blackberries: Because my plant is a cultivated variety and grown under garden...

Local government requires commitment

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 17:38

When it comes to talking about government, a constant theme is that decisions with local impacts should be made as locally as possible.

It’s a great idea in theory, but it can be a challenge to put into practice. Why? Because good local decision making requires good local input, and...

Voices of Faith: Count the cost

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 17:38

In 1997 my wife and I surrendered to God and choose to follow Him into a life in the ministry. Since that time, we have had an amazing adventure that has quite literally taken us nearly around the world. We have preached and taught of the goodness of the grace of God and the truth of the gospel...

Church News

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 10:10

RCIA to hold open house

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna will hold two open houses before RCIA classes start in September. If you have wondered what you would learn in the RCIA class, who teaches the class or have any questions about the Church and...

Kenai man among dead in plane crash

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 09:47

A Kenai man was killed along with four others in a midair plane crash near Bethel on Wednesday.

Alaska State Troopers have released the names of the five people killed when the two planes collided. Among them was 32-year-old Steven Paul Andrew of Kenai, who was a passenger in “the Ravn...

Merits of home rule hashed out at open house

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 10:22

In the second of two efforts to reach the public concerning a proposed home-rule charter, the Soldotna Charter Commission answered questions Tuesday evening during an open house at Soldotna City Hall.

A home-rule charter drafted by the seven-member commission is on the ballot for the...

Troopers say no survivors in Alaska midair crash

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 22:29

ANCHORAGE — All those on board two small planes died in a midair collision Wednesday in western Alaska, state troopers said.

Troopers did not say how many people were in the two aircraft, but the Alaska National Guard said earlier that there were a total of five on board the planes.

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Alaska GOP chair suggests new election for state House seat

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 22:29

JUNEAU — The chairman of Alaska’s Republican Party has suggested that another election be held in a state House district where ballot issues during the primary prompted questions about the election results.

Tuckerman Babcock, in a letter to the director of the state Division of Elections,...

Hybrid aircraft to be based in Kenai

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 11:09

By 2019, people looking south across Kenai’s river flats or standing on its beach might occasionally see a giant, three-lobed ovoid rise into the air across the river and fly away.

This new aircraft will be a Lockheed Martin LMH-1 lifting off from the Kenai base of PRL Logistics, a...