Assembly passes sales tax changes

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 23:00

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed a number of revisions to update and clarify the borough’s sales tax code Tuesday night.

Borough Mayor Mike Navarre’s administration has been working on a comprehensive rewrite to the sales and property tax code for approximately a year,...

Trump: US generals 'reduced to rubble,' he'd replace some

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 23:00

NEW YORK — Leveling unusually harsh criticism against the military, Republican Donald Trump said Wednesday night that America’s generals have been “reduced to rubble” under President Barack Obama and suggested he would fire some of them if he wins the presidency in November.


Regulators delay deciding rules for pot use in stores

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 23:00

JUNEAU — The board regulating Alaska’s fledgling legal marijuana industry started a two-day meeting Wednesday during which it was expected to approve licenses for the state’s first retail marijuana outlets.

But Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board delayed for at least another month action on a...

Primary results certified; recount likely

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 23:00

JUNEAU (AP) — A recount is likely after the results of a northern Alaska legislative race showed incumbent Rep. Benjamin Nageak lost by only four votes.

The certified results released Tuesday show Dean Westlake won the House District 40 race with 819 votes, compared to Nageak’s 815. A...

Super Bowl rematch, different outcome for Panthers, Broncos

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 22:37

The Panthers not only disappointed folks in the Carolinas with their Super Bowl performance in February, they also let down Pro Picks. With a chance for a winning record for the 2015 season, we went with Cam Newton and Co. over the Broncos. So we got run over by Von Miller, too.

Now here...

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 20:50

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It was a good plan: Bring in hungry beetles that feed only on nonnative salt cedar trees to get a handle on a hardy, invasive species that was crowding riverbanks across the West and leaching precious water from the drought-stricken region.

The beetles have been so...

Op-ed: The candidate who wasn't there

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 17:08

William McKinley would be proud. Hillary Clinton has been running the closest thing possible in the modern context to a front-porch campaign.

She is happy to have the race all about her opponent, rather than herself. She avoids press conferences, although she has taken to visiting...

What others say: A state of aviation

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 17:08

A great thing about Ketchikan is its involvement in aviation.

Our sky is alive with aircraft. We’re fascinated with the floatplanes taking off and landing in Tongass Narrows, and crane our necks to see what a helicopter might be lifting by cable. Ketchikan International Airport is visible...

Poet's Corener: Nestled in the Arms of God

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 16:05

Nestled In the Arms of God

By Bonnie Marie Playle, Soldotna

It’s comforting to know whether it be human or animal,

that God is always near.

It doesn’t matter if we’re conscious of His presence or not,

with God we have nothing to...

Evenson lithographs collected in limited-edition book

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 16:05

A new limited-edition book portrays the long artistic career of Nikiski homesteader, commercial fisherman, and lithographer Jim Evenson with 50 images Evenson chose as favorites.

50 copies of the signed, coffee-table size books have been commissioned by art-supporting nonprofit ARTSpace...