Voices of Alaska: What happened to the 90-day session?

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 21:58

Over 10 years ago, Alaskans voted to limit the legislative session to 90 days with the hope that the legislature would finish its work on time and under budget. Since oil prices dropped in 2014, however, the legislature has been unable to finish the state’s business in 90 days or even 120 days. We have endured extended session after extended session followed by special sessions. Is it time for Alaskans to amend our Constitution to establish an effective 90-day limit on legislative sessions?

Op-ed: Two wins for Trump

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 21:57

The Supreme Court’s decision to allow portions of President Trump’s travel ban to proceed is a much-needed victory for the administration. The high court ruled that those “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” could be denied entry into the U.S. The ban targets those from six majority-Muslim countries, halting entry until “extreme vetting” can be conducted.

Community News and Notes

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 21:56

News and Notes

Learning for Life: Rhubarb recipes

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 21:56

Rhubarb recipes

Editorial: New law should be common sense

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 21:55

The Soldotna City Council last week approved an ordinance to strengthen city code on distracted driving. The new law is stricter than the state’s prohibition on texting while driving, but really should be common sense for anyone operating a motor vehicle.

Monthly Musings: July a month of celebrations

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 21:55

July is the seventh month, and is called the “dog days” because it’s the warmest month in the Northern Hemisphere.

Boats, fishermen blessed for the season

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 21:53

As the fishing season hits its stride, fishermen are joining with a local church to pray for the safety of all who travel out onto the rivers and into the seas in the coming months.

Armed 11-year-old boy saves uncle from charging bear

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 21:04

Quick action from a Hoonah boy saved a fishing party from a charging brown bear on June 18, the Empire has learned through Alaska State Troopers and family members.

Pathways of Poetry connects local talent with nature

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 21:53

Ever wish you had something to listen to while wandering in the woods? Now, there 12 voices hidden among the trees in Kenai, waiting to enthrall passers-by with their poetic musings on nature itself.

Friday: Oilers hold off Chinooks

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 03:44

A ho-hum game under leaden skies came alive to deliver a sizable crown an only-in-baseball, pins-and-needles ending Friday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.