Bail reassessed in 2014 sexual assault case

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 21:50

Bail conditions are being reviewed for a Sterling woman accused of sexually assaulting a minor in 2014.

Laurel Lee, 52, was charged with first-degree sexual assault, kidnapping and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor on Oct. 1, 2014. Alaska State Troopers allege that she pulled a 14-...

School board finally finds new member

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 21:50

The Board of Education has found a representative for residents in Homer, Nanwalek, Port Graham, Seldovia and the Russian Old Believer villages on East End Road.

John “Zen” Kelly will be filling the District 9 seat left unoccupied for nearly two months since 12-year member Sunni Hilts...

Ruffner reappointed to Board of Fisheries

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 21:50

Groundhog Day came Monday evening for Robert Ruffner.

The Soldotna conservationist got a call from Gov. Bill Walker Monday night asking if he would accept a nomination to the state Board of Fisheries again, nearly a year after his first confirmation narrowly failed to pass the Legislature...

King cake is royal Mardi Gras fare

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:19

The tradition of eating King Cake lasts throughout the Carnival season, from the feast of the Epiphany (the 12th day after Christmas), until Mardi Gras (French for “Fat Tuesday”), the day before Ash Wednesday – the start of the Christian Lenten season. This year Mardi Gras falls on February 9....

Pioneer Potluck: About pets, part 2

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:23

We had lots of animals on the farm, including pigs, chickens, cats and dogs. Dad had a Water Spaniel named “Pup” - all our animals were never named for some reason, except the calves and they had to be named for 4-H purposes. When “Pup” got old he was renamed “Old Pup.”

Dad and Uncle Guy...

Op-ed: 2016's circular firing squad

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:40

It’s one of the rules of smart politics: “If your opponent is shooting himself in the foot, get out of the way.” It’s hard to know who said it first, but right now it’s become a Bernie Sanders mantra. While Hillary Clinton struggles with her email difficulties and, more importantly, the vital...

What others say: More than oil in Alaska's economy

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:40

Alaskans know the importance of oil to the state’s economy and state government coffers.

No question. Oil is huge.

But with all the talk of oil, it’s easy to overlook other parts of Alaska’s economy

Commercial fisheries, for example. Fisheries anchored many Alaska communities...

Ruffner reappointed to Board of Fisheries

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:53

Gov. Bill Walker reappointed Soldotna conservationist Robert Ruffner to the state Board of Fisheries Monday.

This is the second time for Ruffner, the former director of the Kenai Watershed Forum. Gov. Bill Walker initially appointed him to the Board of Fisheries in April 2015, but the...

Nikolaevsk cagers sweep Kalskag

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 23:55

The Nikolaevsk girls and boys basketball teams scored victories over visiting Kalskag on Monday in nonconference action.

The girls won 45-16. Megan Hickman paced the girls with 14 points, while Elizabeth Fefelov and Vera Fefelov each had nine.

Pamela Nelson paced Kalskag with six....

Photo: Stroke!

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 23:01