A peony for your thoughts

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 21:39

A honeybee busily flits between blooms at Cool Cache Farms in Nikiski on Friday. In the background, farm owners' Wayne and Patti Floyd's experimental dome-shaped high tunnel looms. Patti Floyd said they hope to eventually grow plants in it through the winter.

Friday found the Floyds...

Longtime KPC professor Boyd Shaffer dies at 90

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 21:41

The longest-tenured instructor at Kenai Peninsula College at time of his retirement in 2002, Boyd Shaffer once described himself this way: “I get started on a nature thing or an art thing, and look out. There’s no stopping me. That is what I am.”

His love of art and nature—plus his...

Acuren fined $7000 for Kenai office violations

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 22:18

An oilfield support services company whose Kenai office was cited in 2014 for radiation safety violations has been issued a $7,000 fine by the federal Nuclear...

Healing history and ending the silence

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 21:46

Under the covered basketball court at Harborview Elementary School in downtown Juneau, a group of carvers has just started working on a Raven totem pole.

It’s one of two healing totems meant to acknowledge atrocities that took place on Douglas Island to the Aak’w Kwáan and T’aaku Kwáan,...

Pass a Permanent Fund Dividend bill or come home

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 18:15

We wish the best for Alaska
legislators heading back to Juneau for the special session that starts on Monday.

Over the past months, lawmakers probably have received more than their fair share of frustrations from constituents, media and pundits alike — everyone’s a critic. In many...

Tips for traveling in bear country

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 17:44

ANCHORAGE — A basic rule on what to do when encountering a bear in the wilderness is so common, it’s long been a mantra: “If it’s brown, you lie down. If it’s black, you fight back.”

But there’s a caveat for run-ins with brown — or grizzly — bears. The idea is to play dead only after a...

Fish and Game opens Kenai late-run kings to bait

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 21:27

Anglers can use bait for king salmon in a section of the Kenai River starting Saturday at 12:01 a.m.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced in an emergency order issued Friday that anglers could use bait in the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to a marker about 300 yards...

Labels lose something in translation

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 14:04

My wife bought me a big bottle of multivitamins the other day. I didn’t take that as an insult, but simply as an early warning. After all, she knows me better than I do.

Here’s the thing. The vitamins were a well-known brand whose very name implies that I should chew just one of them a day...

The People should vote on permanent fund changes

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 09:37

I didn’t think the permanent fund could be taken away without a vote from the People. It’s time to impeach Gov. Walker.

PFD cut devastates disadvantaged families

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 09:34

Dear Mr. Walker,

I read your op-ed in the Clarion (July 5) and I am not ready to give you a pass on your PFD veto. With a stroke of your veto pen, you became the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” to many of our less advantaged families in Alaska. I realize you can get along without your PFD....