New plants appear on peninsula as climate shifts

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 20:50

Are exotic plants still exotic when the climate around them changes so that they fit right in?

Juneau population drops to 2012 levels

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 20:46

If employment is the pulse of an economy, population is its blood pressure — a sign of its overall condition.

Peninsula schools take part in orchestra concert

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 20:41

Kenai Peninsula students will get a chance to play and sing along with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra in a set of concerts this week.

Dimond girls notch sweep of Kenai

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 00:28

The Dimond girls overpowered the Kenai Central Kardinals in a nonconference meeting Saturday afternoon on Cliff Massie Court in Kenai, and for Lynx head coach Jim Young, it capped another successful trip home.

Soldotna to gain AFL franchise

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 00:28

The Panthers name and colors are making a return to the central Kenai Peninsula.

Saturday hoops roundup

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 00:28

The Soldotna boys wrapped up a 1-2 weekend at the Joe T. Classic tournament in Fairbank with a 48-46 loss to Eielson Saturday at Lathrop High School.

Peninsula ski teams dominate Valley Invite

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 00:28

Kenai Central skiers won three of four races contested Friday and Saturday at the Valley Invite held at the Government Peak trails in Palmer.

AGDC president presents local case for LNG

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 21:56

With the state-owned ALaska Gasline Development Corporation officially the sole player in developing an export project for North Slope natural gas, its president Keith Meyer is emphasized the project’s domestic utility in a speech to an industry and business audience in Kenai.

Not so Golden Globes

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 21:34

Meryl Streep has played many roles in her long career and holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor. Among her portrayals was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night, Streep behaved as if she actually had been elected to high office, entitling her to mount a high horse.

Op-ed: Trump won the news conference

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 21:34

Donald Trump should do press conferences more often. Not for the country’s sake, certainly not for the media’s sake, but for his. He really shouldn’t have waited 167-plus days to hold one, because the man gives great sound bite. Although I’ve participated in probably thousands of these staged encounters as a reporter, they’re not my favorite way of getting news — you almost never get any. The guy at the podium controls the proceeding. He can get his message out with little challenge from the assembled journalists who are limited to a question and a follow-up, maybe. Politicians can bob and weave through that without any of us landing a blow. And that’s our job: to penetrate the canned responses to their version of the controversy du jour and get at whatever truth they are hiding. Besides, Trump — who uses contempt for the media as a weapon, his preferred way to discredit reporting that displeases him —has a wonderful forum to do that. At the very least he should hold these confrontations as a supplement to his Twitter tirades. And frequently. It’s his opportunity to hold the media hostage as they cover live his rain of abuse on them.