Trump taps Ryan Zinke for interior secretary

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:36

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump has offered Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke the job of interior secretary, though it’s unclear whether the congressman has accepted, two people with knowledge of the offer said Tuesday.

Zinke, 55, is a retired Navy SEAL who was awarded two Bronze Stars for...

Gov. Walker recovering from cancer surgery

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:33

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker has undergone surgery to treat prostate cancer, and his office says no further treatment is currently expected.

A release from Walker’s office says Walker is recovering following a four-hour surgery Monday.

Walker called the surgery a success, and said the...

Joint therapeutic court launches in Kenai

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 22:26

The Henu’ Community Wellness Court is on the brink of admitting its first participant after more than a year of work to get off the ground.

A joint therapeutic-style court formed between the state and the Kenatize Indian Tribe, the program will target and admit those facing long felony...

Multiple seats to come open on assembly

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 22:26

There will be three empty seats to fill on the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly as 2017 kicks off.

Assembly member Gary Knopp, newly elected to the Alaska House of Representatives, announced his resignation from the assembly at the Dec. 6 meeting to take up his position in the Legislature...

3 legislators look to next session

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 22:27

When the new Alaska Legislature meets on Jan. 17, 2017, Sen. Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) will take his first party leadership role as the Senate Majority Leader, Representative Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) will step down as House Speaker to become the House Minority Whip, and freshman legislator...

Hilcorp seeks Falls Creak Area expansion

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:02

Oil and gas company Hilcorp Alaska wants to add about 40 acres of land to a gasfield located between Clam Gulch and Ninilchik.

Hilcorp applied to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil and Gas on Nov. 2 to expand its Falls Creek Participating Area, located around...

What others say: Delays, president-elect make passage and content of energy bill uncertain

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 19:39

It appeared earlier this year that
Congress was on track to pass the nation’s first comprehensive energy legislation since 2007, something of high interest to Alaska. The bill actually had bipartisan support in the Senate, which approved the bill 85-12 in April.

The House then passed...

Op-Ed: Defending Trump

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 09:35

I’ll spare you my vent about how the television news networks try to achieve balance when they cover issues — by seeking out representatives from the various sides to shout at each other. My opinion is self-serving: I think instead they should put journalists on the air to dissect and analyze...

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 17:40

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 17:40

Yield: 26 cookies, depending on size of cookie mold

1 cup King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour (dip and sweep measuring cup into flour, then level with the flat-end of a knife

½ cup salted butter, room temperature

½ teaspoon vanilla, optional

1/3 cup confectioners...