What others say: Legislative split could focus talks on budget

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 21:22

Come January, it’s going to be a new ballgame in Juneau. The emergence of a Democrat-led majority caucus in the State House will be a pronounced shift from affairs in the last Legislature, in which Republicans led a commanding majority in both chambers. It’s the first time in decades that the...

Photo: Christmas on ice

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 21:28

Board of Fish extends Ninilchik king season

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 21:19

King salmon anglers on the Ninilchik River will get a little more time to target hatchery fish in the summer.

The Ninilchik River, which flows across the central Kenai Peninsula through the town of Ninilchik to empty into Cook Inlet, supports runs of both wild and hatchery-raised king...

Commercial cod fishermen get more space in Kachemak Bay

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 21:19

Commercial groundfish fishermen in Kachemak Bay will get more space to operate after the Board of Fisheries redefined the closed waters in the area.

In Lower Cook Inlet, commercial fishermen are allowed to use pots to fish for Pacific cod and have been allowed inside Kachemak Bay west of...

Birdsall, watercolor painter of Alaska scenes, dies

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 21:19

FAIRBANKS (AP) — Byron Birdsall, a prolific painter who spent decades capturing Alaska scenes in watercolors, has died. He was 78.

Birdsall died Sunday, his stepdaughter, Pamela Bell, confirmed Monday from Whidbey Island, Washington. Further details were not immediately available.

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Fights over oil taxes and the fiscal cliff

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 21:19
Incoming Legislature faces same issues as predecessor

The incoming Alaska Legislature is going to face the same daunting fiscal issues as its predecessor, but the Walker administration is hoping the impending session will at least have a different theme.

“We don’t want the 2017 legislative session to be dominated by fights over oil taxes, we...

Investigator: Missing Palmer teen was beaten, shot to death

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 21:18

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A missing Palmer teenager was pistol-whipped by an acquaintance, driven to a remote location and shot to death, according to an Alaska State Trooper investigating the case.

Erick Almandinger, 16, is charged as an adult with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the death...

St. Nick up on the firetruck

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 15:06

Hundreds of folks turned out on the day after Thanksgiving to kick off Christmas Comes to Kenai in a traditional celebration that goes back to when the Kenai Chamber started with Peggy Arness as its first director. Santa Claus himself has had a standing engagement on the day after Thanksgiving...

Small Business Saturday is a smach for Holiday shoppers

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 14:10

Following Black Friday it was National Small Business Day and in Soldotna it was a big day at The Market (where the red mushrooms grow) and a group of six small business women promoting “Shop Small.” At a historic location near the Soldotna Kenai River bridge just over a year ago where Suzanne,...

Business Briefs

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 13:03

■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets at noon today at Froso’s Restaurant in Soldotna. A presentation on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Sales Tax Code is planned. RSVP to 262-9841.

■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce meets at noon Wednesday at the Kenai Visitor Center. A KPEDD Community Update...