Twins shut out by Tennessee on 1st day of Wood Bat tourney

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 00:33

The American Legion Twins capped a soggy day that turned sunny at the Kenai Little League fields with a 3-0 loss to Tennessee Post 19 on the first day of the Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat tournament.

The day was scheduled to begin early with a matchup between Columbia, Tennessee, and East...

Oilers rained out against Bucs

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 00:04

Eager to face the Anchorage Bucs for the first time all summer, the Peninsula Oilers will have to wait another day. Mother Nature came to play.

The Oilers took an early 1-0 lead over the Bucs thanks to an RBI single from Brody Wofford, but play was suspended by the umpires due to...

Truck, ATV collide on K-beach

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 22:41

A collision between a four-wheeler and a pickup truck on Tuesday evening sent one person to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Around 8:45 p.m., a Ford F-150 truck collided with an ATV near Mile 21 of Kalifornsky Beach Road, close to Polar Street.

Central Emergency...

Troopers suspend search for Nome man, volunteers continue looking

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 21:49

The Alaska State Troopers suspended the active search and rescue for a missing Nome man on July 4 pending any new leads, according to the trooper dispatch. But an independent search is still going on.

Joseph Balderas, 36, was reported missing June 27 when he didn’t show up to his job as a...

Maritime industry largest employer on peninsula

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 21:55

The Kenai Peninsula’s economy depends even more on the ocean and rivers than is apparent on paper.

Some are obvious: fishing, shipping and marine fishing guiding all depend on the ocean directly. However, others — such as processing, oil and gas support services and fishing gear retailers...

Nikiski man arraigned on additional theft charges

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 21:48

A Nikiski man accused of multiple thefts in the Nikiski and Sterling areas was arraigned on five more felony charges Tuesday in Kenai Superior Court.

Brandon Bernier, 35, was originally arrested and charged in 2015 with a vehicle theft and burglary in Sterling. His case became known...

Bear injures hiker on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 21:57

A woman hiking alone Sunday on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s Lower Kenai River trail was bitten on the upper leg by a brown bear.

The woman was hiking with her two dogs when she saw the bear about 20 feet ahead of her in a riverside area of tall grass. She retreated and fell, “and...

The fresh tomato sandwich

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 09:28
Unpretentious and deliciously simple

Near where I live, I find excellent tomatoes at our local farmers markets and at nearby Dempsey Farms on St. Helena Island. (To see “What’s Picking,” visit or call 843-838-3656.) Other communities have their favorite places for tomatoes, as well, and as every tomato...

Pioneer Potluck: About our 10,000 mile trip

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 09:21

Our 10,000 mile trip

Heading for Torrington, Wyoming

On to Sturgis, South Dakota

October 16, 2000


We sadly said goodbye to Regina and Rex, Justin and Cody Bivens and headed to the...

Op-ed: Shooting at the Constitution

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 15:28

Before I’m finished with this commentary, I will have incensed nearly everyone. It’s about guns. So let the fury begin: If I had my way, private ownership would be eliminated — no pistols, no rifles, certainly no assault weapons, except in the hands of the military and law enforcement. End of...