Education, employment agencies see shrinking funds, usage

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 23:00

Some Kenai Peninsula training and education programs are threatened both by an increasing reluctance of individuals to invest in training and decreased demand for personnel on the part of employers. The decline was among the trends brought up by speakers at a workforce outlook panel at the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District’s Industry Outlook Forum on Wednesday. The panelists represented Kenai Peninsula College, the Kenai Peninsula Construction Academy, Seward’s Alaska Vocational Technical Education Center (AVTEC), the Alaska Department of Labor and the Kenai Peninsula School District.

Refuge Notebook: The Kenai Peninsula’s first exotic freshwater snail

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:29

Sometimes one thing leads to another. It was in fall 2012 as the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service were eradicating exotic northern pike in Stormy Lake that we first found the aquatic invasive plant Elodea on the Kenai Peninsula. Four years later in July 2016, this time as we wrapped up eradication of Elodea from Stormy Lake, we noticed some large, unfamiliar snails.

Shine a light on the path ahead

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:33

What are your feelings about 2017? Will it treat you well or poorly? Will you find yourself happier at the end of this year?

Wait, don’t toss those poinsettias to the curb!

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:26

Poinsettias have become the best-selling potted plants in the United States, and are second in popularity only to Christmas trees during the holiday season. Unfortunately, they also are among the least understood.

A newcomer to cross-country skiing gets hooked by the sport

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:26

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The first time I tried cross-country skiing, I was in junior high in southern Minnesota wondering why anyone would want to work that hard in bitter cold when they could be downhill skiing (or hiding indoors) instead.

Ready to weather the storm

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:24

If there’s a bright spot in the recent headlines regarding Alaska’s economy, it’s this: on the Kenai Peninsula, the bad news isn’t nearly as bad as it could be.

Tourism projected to grow 2% in 2017

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 15:52

The tourism season in Alaska is projected to grow by 2 percent over this year, but the future for the industry’s marketing is still uncertain.

Letters to the editor

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:23

Chuitna mine threatens Alaska way of life

Photo: Cooking up creativity

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:55

Shannon Sumner (left) stirs together a melting mix of butters and essential oils while talking to Katie Cronce at a do-it-yourself body butter-making class on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at the Kenai Community Library in Kenai, Alaska. Kenai librarian Ryanna Thurman teaches a DIY classs about once a month, showing attendees how to make their own deodorants, chapstick, perfume and other products. Past sessions have charged participants material fees, but the nonprofit group Friends of Kenai Community Library has begun covering the cost, Thurman said, so the classes are now offered for free. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Suspected airport gunman’s life unraveled over past year

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:49

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Esteban Santiago stood alone in the cold one day last month outside Mom & Pop’s liquor store in Anchorage. He was waving his arms and having a terrible argument in the parking lot.