Juneau teen writes for MTV News on importance of sex ed

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 22:21

Tasha Elizarde, a Juneau-Douglas High School senior, told the world last week that she used to know nothing about sex.

“I didn’t even know a lot of stuff about health things, too. Like, I didn’t know about my period. That’s the one story that I always jump to because it was so big. I didn’...

Voters to decide fate of sales tax cap increase

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 22:21

More goods and services may be subject to sales tax in the Kenai Peninsula Borough if voters pass Proposition 3 in the October municipal general election.

Borough voters will be asked to approve an ordinance to raise the cap for amounts subject to sales tax from $500 to $1,000 per...

Opioid abuse a growing problem in Alaska

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 22:21

ANCHORAGE — Abuse of opioids has only recently entered the public consciousness as a crisis in Alaska even though it’s been a growing problem for the past decade.

“It’s been much more visible over the past couple of years,” said Jay Butler, the state’s chief medical officer. “Of course,...

Agrium seeking DEC permit to discharge from Nikiski plant

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 13:33

Editor's note: This story has been changed to include further information from Agrium's Government Affairs Manager Adam Diamond.

The Alberta-based fertilizer producer Agrium has...

For autumn baking choose a common apple for uncommon results

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 09:58

Now that fall is here, apples not readily seen during the year have become increasingly available, with a fresh crop of the more common apples being sold at very attractive prices. If you’ve ever wondered why some kinds of apples are offered year-round, it’s because modern methods allow growers...

High winds, water hit Seward area

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 22:22

Residents of Seward, and to a lesser extent the rest of the Kenai Peninsula, will be pummeled with high winds and rain through Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service has released a flood advisory for the western part of the Prince William Sound effective through Thursday afternoon,...

Op-ed: Lies about lies

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 15:33

I’ve always had a special kind of contempt for the malefactors who try to turn their evil behavior against those who are resisting. It can get Orwellian. A good example would be the oligarchs in this country who hoard the wealth they’ve accumulated by hook and crook, and then accuse those who...

Will council, new mayor be more frugal with city water?

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 09:46

This letter is addressed to those who would be Kenai mayor and those who are and who would be Kenai council members.

My husband and I moved to Kenai in 1978 and bought our current home in 1979. We are on one of the few unpaved roads (which is a whole other letter) in Kenai near the middle...

What others say: A tale of two Alaska buildings

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 15:33

Thursday was an eventful day for spending on buildings in Alaska. In Anchorage, members of the Legislature finalized the purchase of a $11.85 million building for their Anchorage offices. And in Juneau, in a cruel mirror of the Legislative Information Office purchase, the University of Alaska...

Op-Ed: Questions Lester Holt should ask

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 09:28

Next week’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could determine the outcome of the election. As polls show Trump leading in some swing states and closing the gap in others, it appears the only burden he must overcome is the one Ronald Reagan shared, looking presidential...