Timely rains help Alaska to a mild wildfire season so far

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 22:41

ANCHORAGE — A year after Alaska wildfires burned an area larger than Massachusetts, the state is on course for a mild fire year in 2016.

Alaska on Sunday passed its unofficial “conversion date,” when the wildfire season begins to wind down and fire officials offer underused assets such as...

Kenai Peninsula Borough planning commission membership could be reduced

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 11:55

A Kenai Peninsula Borough ordinance introduced by assembly member Brent Johnson would reduce the number of Borough Planning Commission members from the present 13 to...

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 20:25

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first virus-hunter in space is all set to conduct some cosmic, new DNA research.

Newly arrived space station astronaut Kate Rubins will attempt to complete the first full-blown DNA decoding, or “sequencing,” in orbit with a pocket-size device that should be...

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 20:24

LONDON — Being too heavy may cost you your life — literally. Scientists say overweight people die one year earlier than expected and that moderately obese people die up to three years prematurely.

Doctors have long warned that being overweight can lead to health complications including...

Fishing report: Sockeye hit the dipnet, kings rule the Kenai

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 21:46

“You’re not getting away from me!”

Victor Mallari wrangled a flailing sockeye salmon under his arm and clasped it tight, the fish’s mouth gasping in the fresh air. Without a bonker on hand, though, the 10-year-old held it still until its thrashing weakened.

He pulled the skin apart...

Poet's Corner: Sterling, Alaska

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 19:19

Sterling, Alaska

By A.J. Zyszkowski, 2014

June brings the longest brightest days that never end.

The fishy smell of the cleaning table fills the air as you

approach the river’s edge. The eagle sits in the tree across the

river and...

Reeling it in: Pets have a lot of fun in their secret lives

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 19:19

“The Secret Life of Pets”

Universal Pictures

1 hour, 27 minutes

“Midnight Special”

Warner Home Video

1 hour, 52 minutes

If you had asked...

What's Happening

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 09:46

Best Bets

■ Hobo Jim, Alaska’s balladeer, will perform at 3 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Visitor & Cultural Center, 11471 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Admission is free and the show is open to the public.

Events and Exhibits

■ “Keen on the...

Personal decisions define author's first book

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 19:19

Homer writer McKibben Jackinsky’s first book, “Too Close to Home? Living with ‘drill baby’ on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula” tells the story of recent oil and gas development on the southern peninsula through the voices of property owners who have been affected by that development.

Because...

Op-ed: Obama's police distortions

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:36

President Barack Obama is a lawyer, not a statistician, and it shows.

After the controversial officer-involved shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, Obama unloosed a series of statistics in his remarks in Warsaw, Poland, to show “racial disparities that exist...