Marines take Friendly Fluffy Fury Fire as Toys for Tots campaign takes off

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:59

While the Kenai River Brown Bears were starting their longest winning streak of the season by sweeping their arch rivals the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, the U.S. Marines landed at the Soldotna Sports Complex to kick off the holiday Toys for Tots 2016 campaign. Staff Sargent Jonathan Denton, Marine...

Craft fairs appeal to early Holiday shoppers with Alaskan handmade gifts

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:59

For nearly four decades, before it became known as “Black Friday” the weekend following Thanksgiving has been an opportunity for local artists and craftsmen to show their work at Kenai Central High School. The Annual Kenai Art Guilds Craft Fair seemed to have broken all records for vendors and...

St. Nick himself stars in Miracle on 34th Street at Triumvirate

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:59

In the 1930’s while darkness was moving across Europe a movie of faith and believing in your dream was created in Hollywood written by Valentine Davies. The movie quickly became a classic and inspired millions of Americans to not lose hope during the hard holidays of WWII. The Miracle on 34th...

Bergmann Hotel gets another chance

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 22:37

The Bergmann Hotel may have found its savior in a gritty ex-con and recovering addict who hopes to turn the blighted, century-old building into a symbol of redemption.

As a child, Charles Cotten Jr.’s hero was Wyatt Earp, the archetypal good guy gunslinger of the Wild West. Cotten’s...

Man dies in snowmachine accident in Nikiski

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 22:13

An Anchorage man has died after his snowmachine ran into a tree in Nikiski.

Alaska State Troopers received a report of a missing person last Friday. Bradford Cherrier, 54, was last seen Wednesday on his snowmachine. Cherrier owned a number of parcels of land at the end of Colosseum Court...

Peninsula employment down 2.4%

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 15:01

Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify that Brandii Holmdahl also has a background in the sportfishing industry.

The Kenai Peninsula has seen a steeper drop in jobs than the state in general between the first two quarters of 2015 and 2016.

In the period...

Photo: Cookies aren't just for Santa

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 22:42

Quinton Beplat, 6, picks out cookies during a cookie exchange at the Kenai Community Library on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 in Kenai, Alaska. The library hosted a one-for-one cookie exchange on Sunday, attracting about six attendees.

Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 10:30

KPC has received the gift of a lifetime of artwork by renowned Alaskan artist James Evenson. The collection of 20 original stone lithograph prints, an original framed watercolor and a lithograph poster were donated with support from Kashi Law Offices, Dr. Terese Kashi, Tauriainen Engineering and...

School News for Dec. 12

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 10:36

School board to meet

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...

Op-ed: The party of workers

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 21:07

In the course of a couple of tweets, Donald Trump may have ended the image of the GOP as the party of corporate America.

After striking a Carrier deal to preserve about 800 jobs, the president-elect slapped the Indiana company Rexnord on Twitter for “rather viciously firing” its workers...