Voices of Alaska: Alaska should not look to a sector that's drowning in red ink to solve its fiscal gap

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 18:03

It was just 18 months ago that Alaskans voted for more oil production when they soundly rejected Ballot Measure 1, which sought to repeal SB 21, the More Alaska Production Act.

That vote has paid big dividends to Alaska, with forecasts projecting an additional 50,000 barrels of new oil per...

Op-ed: Razzle dazzling ourselves

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 18:03

“Give ‘em the old razzle dazzle

Razzle Dazzle ‘em

Give ‘em an act with lots of flash in it

And the reaction will be passionate

Give ‘em the old hocus pocus

Bead and feather ‘em

How can they see with sequins in their eyes?” (“Chicago: The Musical”)

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What others say: Earthquake omission for Alaska

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 18:03

Really? An Obama administration earthquake summit without Alaska? In the United States?

Come on.

Alaska is one of the few states that’s experienced a major earthquake. It often feels temblors of less, but noticeable, magnitude.

Ten of the largest earthquakes in the nation in...

Juniors get close to career paths

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 16:36

The idea began 22 years ago when a Kenai Chamber committee came up with an idea to take high school juniors out of the classroom and let them experience the real world of careers available in the local economy. It was called Job Shadow and the first Wednesday of March saw 122 students...

Wellness Center cuts the ribbon

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 16:22

The brand new River City Wellness Center (RCWC) held its Grand Opening in Soldotna on Saturday, February 28th, with festivities that included free mini classes, hourly drawings for free memberships, guest speakers, snacks, beverages and tours of the new wellness center. To officially cut the...

Swinging into spring

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 16:21

The beautiful, spacious Charis Place Assisted Living Center in Kenai was purposely designed and built to suit the needs of a new generation of senior citizens says Clint Hall, owner of the Charis Place facility located on North Forest St. in Kenai. Since its opening two years ago that purpose...

Tesoro reports

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 16:21

To turn Cook Inlet crude oil into value added products produced in Alaska for Alaskans was the vision that brought Tesoro to Alaska and the reason why they are still here today, Cameron Hunt, Tesoro vice president and Nikiski plant manager told a joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting...

Getting fired up

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 11:13
Area, state agencies look to early fire season

April is shaping up to be an abnormally hot month for the Kenai Peninsula, and area agencies are already gearing up for the looming fire season.

Alaska’s fire season officially kicked off in February near Delta Junction when a live-fire training exercise ignited tundra on military land....

Music in schools month highlights fine arts curriculum

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 11:14

In March, music programs throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District hit a high note.

Students in the kindergarten through 12th grades are raising their voices and instruments to play tunes in tribute of Music in Our Schools Month. Educators are using it as a chance to drive...

TAPS value settled at $8B for 5 years

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 11:13

The next court battle over the value of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System won’t be for at least another five years.

Two settlements over the taxable value of TAPS between the State of Alaska, its owners and municipalities along the pipeline corridor were announced March 1. The agreements...