Church news

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 09:43

Christ Lutheran to celebrate pastor's retirement

A retirement celebration for Pastor Randy Parshall is planned for May 22 at Christ Lutheran Church, Mile 1/4 Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna. Communion service is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with a retirment celebration and...

Investment in youth pays big dividends

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:23

Congratulations to Nikiski Middle-High School seniors Marguerite and Evangeline Cox, who last week were awarded first place in the Caring for the Kenai contest for their program to supply oxygen masks for pets to area fire departments.

And kudos to the other 300 students who participated...

Soldotna City Council member resigns early

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 22:54

A seat on the Soldotna City Council is now open to suitors.

Council member Meggean Bos-Marquez moved up her resignation from the city council, originally scheduled for June, announcing it at Wednesday’s meeting. At a previous meeting, she had announced that will be moving to the Lower 48...

Questions remain in marijuana license applications

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 22:54

With less than two months until the state is set to issue its first marijuana business licenses, there are still some wrinkles in the licensing process that regulators are trying to iron out.

The Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office is set to issue its first license on June 9. Some issues...

State board weighing rules to allow use of pot at licensed stores

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 22:53

JUNEAU — Some activists have a vision for Alaska’s upstart marijuana industry that could have Anchorage looking more like Amsterdam in the years ahead.

Just like the city in Holland where pot can be legally purchased and smoked in shops, tourists arriving in Anchorage would be able to jump...

Nationwide, 2016 wildfire season expected to be less severe

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 22:53

DENVER — The upcoming wildfire season across the U.S. isn’t expected to be as bad as last year’s infernos, when a record 15,800 square miles burned, the nation’s top wildland firefighting official said Wednesday.

But parts of the nation should expect a rough season after a warm, dry winter...

Voices of Alaska: Military investment will help Alaska weather economic challenges

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:12

Alaska is facing tough economic times. Budgets are being squeezed, workers are being laid off, and families are making due with less. But it’s important to understand that we’ve been here before, and we’ve come out stronger because of it.

It’s also important to remember that just like in...

Op-ed: The working-class meltdown

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:12

During an era of headline-grabbing advances in medicine, the United States is experiencing a health cataclysm.

The latest straw in the wind is last week’s report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that life expectancy for white women declined slightly from 2013 to...

What others say: Turn Paisley Park into memorial to Prince

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:12

In the days following Prince’s death, fans from all over have found themselves drawn to Paisley Park, a 65,000-square-foot compound that embodies the man’s musical genius.

As tributes to Prince’s life and career are contemplated, here is one that is almost obvious: Turn Paisley Park into...

Failed pipe leads to sinkhole in Spur

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:21

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the Department of Transportation advises motorists to drive slowly over potholes if they aren't avoidable. 

Work on a stretch of the Kenai Spur Highway began earlier than anticipated thanks to a sinkhole that...