Kenai basketball squads play in Valley

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 23:59

PALMER — The Colony Knights opened their Northern Lights Conference boys basketball season playing an unfamiliar role.

After losing 10 of their top 11 players from a 2014-15 program that won an NLC title, the Knights are the new kids on the block.

Visiting Kenai, stocked full of...

Cancer now No. 1 killer in 22 states, ahead of heart disease

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 22:30

NEW YORK — Cancer is becoming the No. 1 killer in more and more states as deaths from heart disease have declined, new health statistics show.

Nationwide, heart disease is still the leading cause of death, just ahead of cancer. While death rates for both have been falling for nearly 25...

Rolling in the dirt

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 22:46
Father and son start Nikiski-based earthworm farm

Father and son entrepreneurs Fred and Steve Sturman are getting dirty while hoping to clean up.

Since last spring, the two have been transforming a large warehouse in Nikiski into a large warm nursery, or vermiculture company, in hopes of harvesting swathes of excreta —a highly sought...

Kenai temporarily bans in-store pot smoking

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 22:37

Marijuana businesses that may open in Kenai in the coming year won’t be able to offer space for customers to try the product on-site, at least until 2017. In its meeting Wednesday, the Kenai City council passed a moratorium banning consumption of marijuana products at marijuana retail stores for...

Lawmakers pre-file 31 bills

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 22:33

The Alaska Legislature’s preseason has begun with 24 House bills and seven Senate bills released in the first round of prefiled legislation.

Prefiling is the annual process by which legislators introduce bills before the session begins, and along with the cardboard moving boxes now...

Out of (gun) control

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 17:54

I’m still waiting; waiting for someone to show me how laws stop a person intent on breaking them.

Daily on the roads I see people breaking speed limits despite the possibility that cameras will catch them and send a ticket in the mail.

In one of his last gasp efforts to “...

Op-ed: Oregon and Iowa

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 17:54

Let’s face it: Those guys who have taken over a federal building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in remote eastern Oregon haven’t exactly caused an uprising of support. Instead of rallying everyone around their cause — which in case you don’t know is to take back massive swaths of land...

Community support for drug users a step in the right direction

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 17:54

The bad news is that drug use is a serious problem in our community.

There are the impacts on individuals who struggle with addiction, as well as the social costs borne by the entire community — higher crime rates and strains on social services, for example.

The good news is that,...

Caribou Hills opened to snow machining

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 19:34

Portions of the Caribou Hills have gotten enough snow to allow for a limited opening to snow machining.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Friday announced a limited opening in the Caribou Hills area, though no other areas of the refuge are open due to inadequate snow cover, according...

Credit downgrade timed on bond sales, continued oil decline

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 22:03

Standard & Poor’s Jan. 5 downgrade of Alaska’s credit ratings, which caught many state leaders by surprise, was triggered by upcoming bond sales, according to an analyst from the ratings agency.

Gabe Petek, Standard & Poor’s primary Alaska analyst, said in an interview that the...