Funding to remove feral cattle cut 2nd time

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 22:05

ANCHORAGE — U.S. government funding for the possible removal of more than 2,000 feral cattle from Alaska’s Chirikof Island has been suspended for the second time, meaning no money will be available for the long-delayed project until at least April, wildlife managers said Monday.

The...

Defense working through evidence in Homer murder case

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 22:05

Public defenders are working through discovery in the case of a Homer man accused of murder for the 2013 death of Mark Matthews, then 61, near the Poopdeck Trail in Homer.

Lee John Henry, 55, was indicted by a grand jury on Oct. 20 on one count of first-degree murder, three counts of...

What others say: Arctic security

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 10:31

Tucked away in the $619 billion defense bill that Congress passed last week is an amendment that requires the secretary of defense to develop criteria for designating a “strategic Arctic port.” The amendment requires the secretary of defense to submit a plan for designating a strategic Arctic...

Business Briefs

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 13:30

Chambers set schedules

■ The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce will host a joint luncheon today at noon at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. A legislative update with Sen. Peter Micciche, Rep. Mike Chenault and Representative-elect Gary Knopp is planned. RSVP to...

Marines take Friendly Fluffy Fury Fire as Toys for Tots campaign takes off

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:59

While the Kenai River Brown Bears were starting their longest winning streak of the season by sweeping their arch rivals the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, the U.S. Marines landed at the Soldotna Sports Complex to kick off the holiday Toys for Tots 2016 campaign. Staff Sargent Jonathan Denton, Marine...

Craft fairs appeal to early Holiday shoppers with Alaskan handmade gifts

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:59

For nearly four decades, before it became known as “Black Friday” the weekend following Thanksgiving has been an opportunity for local artists and craftsmen to show their work at Kenai Central High School. The Annual Kenai Art Guilds Craft Fair seemed to have broken all records for vendors and...

St. Nick himself stars in Miracle on 34th Street at Triumvirate

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:59

In the 1930’s while darkness was moving across Europe a movie of faith and believing in your dream was created in Hollywood written by Valentine Davies. The movie quickly became a classic and inspired millions of Americans to not lose hope during the hard holidays of WWII. The Miracle on 34th...

Bergmann Hotel gets another chance

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 22:37

The Bergmann Hotel may have found its savior in a gritty ex-con and recovering addict who hopes to turn the blighted, century-old building into a symbol of redemption.

As a child, Charles Cotten Jr.’s hero was Wyatt Earp, the archetypal good guy gunslinger of the Wild West. Cotten’s...

Man dies in snowmachine accident in Nikiski

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 22:13

An Anchorage man has died after his snowmachine ran into a tree in Nikiski.

Alaska State Troopers received a report of a missing person last Friday. Bradford Cherrier, 54, was last seen Wednesday on his snowmachine. Cherrier owned a number of parcels of land at the end of Colosseum Court...

Peninsula employment down 2.4%

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 15:01

Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify that Brandii Holmdahl also has a background in the sportfishing industry.

The Kenai Peninsula has seen a steeper drop in jobs than the state in general between the first two quarters of 2015 and 2016.

In the period...