Alaska Native graduation rates rise

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 22:19

Graduation rates for Native Alaskan students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District continue to rise, with 91 percent of Native students graduating in fiscal year 2017, said Native Education Program Coordinator Conrad Woodhead at the Native Leaders Gathering on Friday.

Special legislative session staggers toward end

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 21:02

JUNEAU — The special legislative session is staggering toward its end scheduled for Tuesday, with a small contingent of lawmakers holding so-called technical sessions to keep it alive in the meantime after the Alaska House and Senate disagreed on adjourning early.

Unhinged Alaska: Murder most fowl on the Butterball Express

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 11:25

What is it about turkeys that cause so much chaos around the holidays?

Ostrander 4th at NCAA cross-country nationals

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 18:05

Allie Ostrander, a 2015 Kenai Central graduate, finished fourth in the NCAA Division I national cross-country championships Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

Homer wins End of Road Shootout

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 00:29

The Homer hockey team wrapped up the End of the Road Shootout championship Saturday in Homer with a 10-3 victory over Soldotna.

Bobcats sweep Brown Bears

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 00:29

Looking to avoid a weekend sweep at home, the Kenai River Brown Bears took time out with 23.2 seconds left on the clock and down a goal to the Bismarck (North Dakota) Bobcats. After a messy faceoff, Kenai River’s Gil Garcia took one last desperation shot with seconds left in the game.

Light quake shakes Central Peninsula

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:47

A 4.4 magnitude earthquake was felt throughout the central peninsula on Friday afternoon.

Editorial: An abdication of responsibility?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:44

Last week, the Alaska Senate passed an update to criminal justice reform legislation — then adjourned and headed home. The action prompted criticism from the House majority coalition and the governor, with House Speaker Bryce Edgmon calling the Senate’s action “an abdication of their responsibilities.”

Refuge Notebook: Why northern pike are bad for the Kenai Peninsula

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:56

The history of northern pike in Southcentral Alaska is murky, but it goes something like this. Pike are not native to Alaska south and west of the Alaska Range and were likely first introduced to Bulchitna Lake in the Susitna Drainage in the 1950s. Pike are now in more than 100 waterbodies in this Indiana-sized drainage. Pike were first documented on the Kenai Peninsula near Soldotna Creek in the 1970s and have since spread to 23 waterbodies. Pike have traveled down the west side of Cook Inlet where commercial setnetters occasionally catch them. Fortunately, the same hasn’t been true for Kenai Peninsula setnetters.

An Outdoor View: Bonefishing, Part 2

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:56

Author’s note: I recently came across a journal that I kept while on a trip to Christmas Island in 1987. This column, gleaned from the family-appropriate parts of that journal, is the second of a series about that once-in-a-lifetime fishing trip. — LP