Picking peppers

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 22:13

State will not require school districts to use student data in teacher evaluations

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 22:05

Student success is no longer a mandatory indicator of teacher performance.

In June, the State Board of Education and Early Development chose to repeal the requirement, relieving what many state officials, local educators, administrators and their peers statewide believe to be a significant...

After bear mauling, UAS professor expected to make a full recovery

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 22:05

It’s been less than three months since University of Alaska Southeast assistant professor Forest Wagner was mauled by a bear, and he’s already back to hiking mountains.

“After ten surgeries and ongoing physical rehabilitation, Wagner is now walking around and has even climbed peaks on the...

Lieutenant governor visits Kenai

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 22:05

Alaska’s lieutenant governor says Alaskans are starting to understand the need to raise revenue and the need to solve the state’s long-term fiscal issues.

Lt. Governor Byron Mallott visited the Kenai Peninsula this week, stopping in Seward on the Fourth of July to watch the Mt. Marathon...

On eve of fifth special session, Walker done appealing to legislators

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 22:05

Round five starts Monday, July 11.

Including last fall’s “gasline special session” when the Legislature approved a buyout of TransCanada Corp.’s interest in the Alaska LNG Project, the pending special legislative session is the fifth in less than 15 months and is beginning to resemble a...

Promising late-run king, sockeye numbers arrive in Kenai

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 20:19

The Kenai River sockeye and late-run king salmon runs are both off to optimistically large starts.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game began counting Kenai River sockeye salmon on July 1, ticking off 11,732 the first day, coming up to more than 105,000 by Tuesday. That’s more than...

Your dog is a hero

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 16:39

To you, your dog is a hero.

Nobody else protects you from spiders and shadows. Nobody does a better job of warning you about summer storms or friends a-knocking. You need to give pats and get kisses to feel safe, and in “Paws of Courage” by Nancy Furstinger, you’ll see how some dogs go...

Poet's Corner: Silent Wounded

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 16:39

Silent Wounded

By Bonnie Playle, Soldotna

Those innocent, soft souls,

full of guilt, shame and heartaches untold.

They can be both young and old,

but fall victim to lives that are atrocious,

caught in the disease through osmosis...

Reeling it in: 'BFG' a beautiful film, but falls flat

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:51

“The Big Friendly Giant”

Walt Disney Motion Pictures

1 hour, 57 minutes


I’m at a bit of a loss at how to approach Steven Spielberg’s latest film, the beautiful misfire that is “The BFG.”

It’s a rare...

Voices of Alaska: Thinking twice about going it alone

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 16:29

Alaska is in a scary place financially. The challenges in front of us put difficult decisions on the table. With dividends at stake, it is easy to become desperate, and seek action we would never rationally choose to do. As a nurse for over 40 years, I have seen acts of desperation by well-...