Assembly takes no action on invocation

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 21:32

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meetings will still open with a prayer for the foreseeable future.

The assembly invites local religious groups to come and offer an invocation to open each of its regular meetings. In the past, the majority have been offered by Christian pastors. Recently,...

Op-ed: The Colin Powell defense

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:32

The influence that Colin Powell has over Hillary Clinton is something to behold. His word is her command. When he tells her to break the law and endanger the nation’s secrets, she doesn’t hesitate. She salutes smartly and does as she is told.

Clinton has been desperate for the moral cover...

What others say: Dire times for university sports in Alaska

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:31

The good news for the University of Alaska as it finds its way forward amid a difficult budget situation is it has options. The bad news is all of them are unpalatable to a broad swath of Alaskans. UA President Jim Johnsen rolled out the framework of his Strategic Pathways plan last week. Though...

Cooling off period: Calm fire season lets agencies focus on prevention

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:16

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the Division of Forestry, not including the Office of Emergency Management, sent personnel around the state and to the Lower 48 to help with other fires.


The Kenai Peninsula got a break this fire season with...

UnCruise owner tells story behind bear mauling

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 22:24

The brown bear mauling near Sitka last week that left two UnCruise Adventures guides injured took place in a matter of seconds, according to the CEO and owner of the small cruise line.

“I can’t express enough about how rapidly this happened,” Dan Blanchard said.

Blanchard has been...

Fees to change for big game guides

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 11:05

Hunting seasons for moose, caribou, bear and sheep are open or will open soon, and Alaska’s 1,570 licensed big game hunting guides and transporters will get busy.

The season also brings a change from the state group that regulates their profession,...

State pink salmon record broken twice in one day

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 18:13

After 42 years, the Alaska state record for a sport-caught pink salmon was broken — twice.

Thomas Salas hauled a monster pink salmon out of the Kenai River near Big Eddy in Soldotna on Monday night. The California resident, who said he visits the Kenai every other year or so, was...

Pioneer Potluck: About a pig

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:03

Boulder Point, Gails Homestead, About 1988

Nikiski, Alaska


“How in the world are you going to haul a pig?” One of my friends asked me. “Besides, Susan and her boys were coming from Fairbanks to help celebrate Gail’s birthday.”...

Aromatic, flavorful and ready in minutes

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:20

A dish full of steamed Thai-Style Mussels and Clams is a little deceiving. For the uninitiated, it appears to be a lot of work and an intricate dish to bring to the table. But, in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Besides having to clean the mussels and clams thoroughly, the only...

Voices of the Peninsula: Price of oil should not dictate spill prevention eforts

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 17:09

Among the many lessons learned from the Exxon Valdez oil spill was that it was almost inevitable. “Success bred complacency; complacency bred neglect; neglect increased the risk — until the right combination of errors finally led to an accident of disastrous proportions.” (State of Alaska Oil...