British Columbia to clean up mine near Juneau

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 21:27

JUNEAU (AP) — Canadian officials say they will take action to prevent polluted water from a decades-old mine from entering the Taku River, a key source of salmon caught in southeast Alaska.

British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett told CoastAlaska News experts...

Feds agree to new deadline for Fairbanks air cleanup plan

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 21:04

ANCHORAGE — The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to an August deadline on whether to accept or reject a state plan to clean up heavily polluted Fairbanks air.

The agreement settles the first of two lawsuits filed against the agency by a pair of advocacy groups, Citizens for Clean...

Soldotna launches sign code revision

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 21:13

The many banners, marquees and signs, illuminated and otherwise, that direct people moving through Soldotna to the town’s various businesses could see some potential tweaks in the future as the city prepares to revise its sign code.

Members of the Soldotna Planning and Zoning Commission...

2 file for borough mayor race

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 21:20

Though there are still nearly 10 months before Kenai Peninsula Borough residents will pick their new borough mayor, two people have already thrown their hats into the ring for the position.

Sterling resident Charlie Pierce filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission...

Labor Department: Oil industry will top job losses again in 2017

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 21:02

Alaska’s economy is going to get worse before it gets better, state economists predict.

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is projecting the state will lose another 7,500 jobs this year after shedding about 6,800 in 2016. Job losses in the 7,500 range would be about 2...

There's more to poinsettias than their showy leaves

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 18:42

Early winter is when poinsettias come into the limelight, showing off their colors in homes and shop windows. But a poinsettia is more than just seasonally flamboyant.

To check out more of this plant’s botanical flair, set your holiday poinsettia on a table in good light so that you can...

Fatbike tracks make mountain biking a year-round sport

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 18:42

BEND, Ore. — For those who just refuse to stop mountain biking, even when most Central Oregon singletrack is covered in snow — fatbikes are an option.

And soon, they will be able to ride those fatbikes on groomed singletrack snow.

Again this winter, Bend’s Gary Meyer will groom...

Refuge Notebook: An eye on goldeneyes

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 18:42

During the past two summers, I have had strange encounters with a duck flying through the woods on my property. Usually in the dusky early morning hours while I was getting ready for work, this duck would zoom through the forest, frequently flaring like it was trying to find a place to land....

An Outdoor View: Reader's quiz

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 18:42

This week, a quiz for Peninsula Clarion readers:

1. Snowy River is

(a) a tributary of the Kasilof River.

(b) a major river in the Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria.

(c) a tributary of Kenai Lake.

2. You likely heard...

Photo: Dog days of winter

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 18:42