Seaton joins bipartisan caucus

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 21:29

The day after he was elected to an eighth term representing District 31 in the Alaska House, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, joined two other Republicans, 17 Democrats and two independents to form a new House majority caucus. Seaton will be co-chair of Finance for the operating budget — his only...

Marijuana money already reaching state coffers, but industry isn't yet self-funding

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 21:29

The state of Alaska will begin to collect its first marijuana taxes this month, but records from the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office show that the nascent industry has already paid more than three quarters of a million dollars in fees since the first license requests were filed in...

Photo: Ready, aim, fire

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 21:43

Newcomers seek to make pool hall a safe community space

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 21:47

Two weeks, some planning and a little financial help was all it took for three Kenai residents to get the doors of Sharps Billiards open again.

The pool hall, located on the Kenai Spur Highway just east of Forest Drive, opened in 2008 but closed in 2014, reopening briefly in early 2016...

Redoubt students show 'can-do' attitude

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 21:48

Students at Redoubt Elementary School in Soldotna helped out their community and had some fun in the process Thursday during a “Canstruction” competition at the school.

Students in each brought in food items as part of an annual food drive, but before they were loaded up to be taken to...

Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 19:24

Instructor Bob Amundson has announced that he will again offer Humanities A220: Film as/and Literature this spring. The popular 3-credit, online course focuses on Film Noir and the literature that inspired these “dark films” which were produced between 1945 and 1955. Film Noir, a term coined by...

School News for Nov. 21

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 19:24

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 6 p.m. in the borough building at 148 N. Binkley Street in Soldotna (unless otherwise noted). For more information, call 907-714-8888 or visit The agenda and packet items are posted on Wednesday afternoon...

Op-ed: History strikes back

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 19:22

President Barack Obama won’t explicitly say that Donald Trump is on the wrong side of history, but surely he believes it.

The president basically thinks anyone who gets in his way is transgressing the larger forces of history with a capital “H.” In 2008, he declared John McCain “on the...

What others say: New House Resource co-chairs sound right notes

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 19:22

To quote Slim Pickens’ Taggart from Blazing Saddles, “What in the wide world of sports is a-goin’ on here?”

In the decades since before and after Alaska statehood, the universal refrain among citizens and politicians is that the biggest hurdle to developing our vast natural resources is...

Jonah Theisen takes 64th at nationals

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 23:25

Jonah Theisen, of Kenai, placed 64th in the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Florida.

The Black Hills State University sophomore finished the 10-kilometer course in 31 minutes, 43.5 seconds, to improve on his finish of 133rd at the meet a year ago.