What others say: Budget keeps U.S. from reaching for the stars

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 19:03

President Obama on Tuesday renewed the bold goal, first set by him in 2010, to send a manned spacecraft to Mars by the 2030s — “with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time.”

The history-altering trip, if it happens, will be the result of an unprecedented public-...

School News for Oct. 17

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 10:15

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 kpbsd.k12.ak.us. The agenda and...

Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 10:07

For more than a quarter century, the KPC Showcase, a lecture, entertainment and arts series, has promoted the humanities on the Peninsula.

In recent years, thanks in part to a generous grant from the Anna Fossett Goodrich Humanities Program of the Damon Memorial Fund, the program expanded...

Students learn about challenges of visual impairment

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 10:21
An eye-opening experience

Of the Kenai Peninsula School District’s approximately 8,900 students, three are blind. Jordana Engebretson, the district’s teacher for the visually impaired, said this is an unsurprising proportion.

“The reality is that 99 percent of the population is sighted,” said Engebretson, who is...

Division of Forestry asks residents not to burn Sunday, Monday

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 20:23

The Alaska Division of Forestry is asking residents in the Southcentral and Interior regions to avoid burning, both in open debris fires and burn barrels, until Tuesday.

A combination of high winds, no snow cover and dry conditions make it dangerous to burn at the moment, according to a...

Kenai cross-country competes in Oregon

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 23:56

Some members of the Kenai Central cross-country team finished up their season by competing in the George Fox Cross Country Classic on Saturday at Willamette Mission State Park in Oregon.

In the 5,000-meter varsity gold girls race, Riana Boonstra paced the Kardinals by placing 32nd in 19...

Drive for five: SoHi's state title is a 49th straight win in the 49th state

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 00:28

The trees are bare, the air is cold, and once again, the Soldotna Stars are state football champions.

A week after surviving a tense semifinal over North Pole, the Soldotna football team capped a 10-0 season with a fifth consecutive state title and ninth overall in program history,...

Ostrander currently injured, likely to redshirt cross-country season

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 23:25

According to the Boise State sports information department, sophomore running star Allie Ostrander of Soldotna is injured and will likely redshirt this cross-country season.

Ostrander finished second at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships last season, but she has yet to compete...

Soldotna rules all-NLC awards

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 23:25

Following a five-touchdown performance in the medium-schools state championship game against Palmer, Soldotna junior fullback Brenner Furlong was announced as the Northern Lights Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Furlong led the way in 2016 with 1,116 rushing yards and nine touchdowns,...

SoHi's Watkins gets 2 individual wins at Valley Invite

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 23:10

The Colony girls and Kodiak boys swimming and diving teams notched wins at the Valley Invitational on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Palmer High School.

The Knights scored 70 points for the win, while Kodiak was second with 63 and Soldotna was third with 52. Homer was eighth and Kenai...