Tribes receive funds for substance abuse, mental health programs

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 22:08

Two Alaska Native tribes on the Kenai Peninsula will receive approximately $1 million over the next five years to help address substance abuse and mental health disorders among Alaska Natives.

The Ninilchik Traditional Council and the Kenaitze Indian Tribe will both receive funds from the...

Biologists research mystery of declining caribou herd

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 22:08

JUNEAU — The size of a large caribou herd in Alaska’s Arctic region has dropped by more 50 percent over the last three years, and researchers who have tentatively ruled out hunting and predation as significant factors for the decline are trying to determine why.

The state’s Central Arctic...

Permanent Fund starts fiscal year with 3.86 percent return

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 22:08

Alaska’s money managers are off to a solid start in the first months of the state fiscal year.

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. announced Monday that it earned a 3.86 percent return, or $2 billion, in the first quarter of the 2017 fiscal year on its namesake fund, which had a total balance...

Invasive strep outbreak claims lives of 4 Alaskans

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 22:08

ANCHORAGE — Four Alaskans have died this year in an outbreak of invasive strep bacteria that has mostly affected the homeless and Alaska Natives in the state’s two largest cities, State epidemiologist Joe McLaughlin said Tuesday.

There have been 28 confirmed hospitalization cases of a new...

Greet the season - with tomatoes and basil dishes

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:07

Even as we move deeper into the holiday season, after nearly a week of Thanksgiving leftovers, many of us wouldn’t mind turning the calendar back a few months for a chance to revisit the pleasures of eating fresh tomatoes with basil and other herbs.

Depending on where you live, access to...

Pioneer Potluck: About chopping down the Christmas Tree

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:02

Northern Colorado 1940’S

This last Sunday, part of a sermon by Craig Fanning, about chopping down a tree for Christmas, was reminder of how we used to get our trees before the “artificial trees” that our Dads so hated. It took a long time before Mom convinced Dad that...

Op-ed: Going to college

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 17:32

Wow what a surprise the Electoral College was! Who knew that a candidate could win the race for the presidency even though he didn’t get a majority of the actual national vote, like Donald Trump did? Somehow, that possibility evaded all the advisers buzzing around Hillary Clinton, who constantly...

What others say: Ferry system should become public corporation

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 17:32

Alaska’s ferry system should become a public corporation.

That’s what a Southeast Conference steering committee of stakeholders has come to realize. The committee began meeting this year with the intent of reforming the ferry system.

Department of Transportation Commissioner Marc...

Business Briefs

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:52

Chambers set schedules

■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets at noon today at Froso’s Restaurant in Soldotna. The installation of the new Soldotna Chamber Student Ambassadors is planned. RSVP to 262-9841.

■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce next meets at noon Dec. 7...

Op-Ed: The left's love affair with Castro

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:41

In a statement following the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, President Obama spoke of “the countless ways in which (Castro) altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation.”

That’s an understatement as the thousands who have risked their lives over the...