Teaching panel proposes protections for transgender students

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 22:29

ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Alaska educational commission wants to add transgender students to a list of protected categories in its code of ethics.

The Professional Teaching Practices Commission is looking to include a clause adding gender identification to the code, KTVA-TV reported.


Accidental shootings kill, injure children in Alaska

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 22:28

ANCHORAGE — A state trooper’s young son died after he inadvertently shot himself with a gun he found in the house. A boy in a remote village died after he was shot by a gun mistaken for a toy. Another boy suffered a leg injury when his mother’s gun fell out of her holster, hit the pavement on...

Show 'em what you're working with

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 22:22
Peninsula students face off in annual engineering competition

Four middle and elementary school students crouched low on the gymnasium floor — barely moving — holding their breath as one of their teammates released their homemade mouse trap car down its designated lane marked by brightly-colored tape on the floor.

The contraption took off in a...

School district meetings consider budget options

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 22:09

Staff in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, teachers and members of the public began brainstorming how to reconcile an expected budget cut last week.

At public budget meetings held simultaneously Thursday at 31 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools, district officials...

Voices of Alaska: Future of wild salmon depends on decisions made today

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 12:25

Our state is home to the nation’s last stronghold of wild salmon and, for the most part, we have managed our fisheries well. For generations Alaskans have sustainably harvested millions of wild salmon while this amazing fish continues to return to their native streams, spawn and rejuvenate the...

Voices of Alaska: Pension bonds can reduce state spending

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 12:25

As many Alaskans realize, we have a budget problem. Despite four years of budget cuts – a 44 percent reduction in all – we are still spending far more than we’re earning. We consistently hear from Alaskans that they want more budget cuts.

Some of the biggest cost drivers in the state...

Putting principles into policy

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 12:25

The Kenai Peninsula Borough
Assembly this week passed a resolution that puts into policy guidelines for how members of the public may be selected to give invocations before assembly meetings.

At first blush, the policy appears to be flirting with government approval of religion....

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 12:14

Happy Thanksgiving, America! That applies only if you are in northern North America, in the Great White North. While the lower 48 states, plus two, are celebrating Columbus Day today, Cana­dians are gathering around their snow turkeys for their Thanksgiving feast.

Before you in the...

Life in the Pedestrian Lane: Not your momma's politics

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 10:06

OK, people, just three more weeks, give or take a day or two, and this will all be over. We’ve passed the local elections (which really counted) and the farce of the presidential race will soon be only a bad memory. We still have to elect our representatives to Juneau, and to Washington, D.C.,...

From the Recycling Bin

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 12:03

— More than 28 billion glass bottles and jars end up in landfills every year. That is the equivalent of filling up two Empire State Buildings every three weeks.

— Over 90 percent of all products shipped in the U.S. are shipped in corrugated boxes, which total more than 400 billion square...