What others say: Avian flu arrives in Alaska

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 17:03

Highly pathogenic avian flu — an extremely infectious variety of bird flu often fatal to birds — has been detected in Alaska waterfowl in Fairbanks, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

According to the DEC, the virus is almost identical to the outbreak that...

Time for Don Young to move on

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 09:33

When I came to Alaska as a young man, Don Young was my representative. Several years later after I married and had kids, Don Young was still my representative. Now my kids are grown and have children of their own, and Don Young is still my representative.

As state counts votes by hand, lawmakers in Anchorage complain

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 22:08

On Monday morning in Centennial Hall, the sound of democracy was the sound of shuffled papers.

Half a state away, it was the sound of disturbed lawmakers.

As temporary workers from the Alaska Division of Elections hand-counted ballots from the Aug. 16 statewide primary, several state...

Trial pushed back for Nikiski man accused of sex abuse

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 22:08

The trial for a Nikiski man accused of sexual abuse of a minor has been pushed back pending a decision from the Alaska Court of Appeals.

Jeremy Anderson, a former Nikiski Middle-High School music teacher, was charged in 2014 after troopers alleged he had sex and other sexual contact with a...

Assembly delays decision on planning commission membership

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 22:08

The various city and advisory planning commissions around the Kenai Peninsula Borough will get another chance to review a proposal that would reduce the borough’s planning commission membership.

Assembly member Brent Johnson proposed an ordinance in June that would reduce the Kenai...

Photo: One last summer stroll

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:20

Two visitors walk their dogs across the Resurrection Creek on Sunday in Hope. The small town on the northern edge of the Kenai Peninsula, across Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet from Anchorage, attracts visitors for its historical district and its recreational opportunities, including hiking and...

Young updating filings to reflect farm stake, lease income

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 22:08

JUNEAU (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Young is updating his financial disclosures to show ownership in a family farm dating to the 1990s and income from oil and gas leases, omissions that a Young spokesman called inadvertent but that Young’s Democratic rival in this year’s election characterized as a...

Assembly should block Satanic invocations

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 09:35

So the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly now condones praying to Satan. The obvious wrongness of the act is supported by its notoriety. As my brother in Florida noted, “it’s the first time I’ve ever seen Kenai on the Drudge Report.” A consummation devoutly to be wished, no doubt.

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What others say: Time to move 'Into the Wild' bus

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 20:12

Maybe this idea from one of our
Twitter followers is what should be done about the “Into the Wild” bus, that dilapidated hulk in which California-born wanderer Christopher McCandless lived — and eventually died — on his journey of introspection in 1992:

“They should just install a pay...

Pet photo: National Dog Day

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 17:20