Seward Tsunami Swim Club wins grand prize in Swim-a-Thon

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 00:24

This week, the Seward Tsunami Swim Club was announced as the grand prize winner in the 2016 Swim-a-Thon contest by the USA Swimming Foundation.

SoHi boys, Danielson reign at Region III ski meet

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 00:24

For an 18th consecutive year, the central peninsula produced a Region III team champion.

Saturday hoops roundup

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 00:31

The Nikiski girls basketball team finished off an impressive run through the Lady Grizzly Hardwood Classic on Saturday in Anchorage by cruising past Sitka 47-28 in the championship game.

Why Russia wanted to sell Alaska

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 22:08

The Crimean Peninsula has been in the news again. Oddly enough, that bit of land on the far side of the world, only slightly larger than the Kenai Peninsula, made world headlines more than 150 years ago and influenced Alaska’s destiny.

Op-ed: A new direction on education

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 22:03

American public school students fall well behind students around the world in math and science proficiency. This is not debatable. According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, both cited in The New York Times in 2012, “Fourth- and eighth-grade students in the United States continue to lag behind students in several East Asian countries and some European nations in math and science, although American fourth-graders are closer to the top performers in reading.”

State must continue to support fight against opioid abuse

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 22:03

This past week, Gov. Bill Walker signed an administrative order directing state agencies to pursue grant funding to help fight opioid abuse across the state. The order came after Gov. Walker called opioid abuse a public health disaster that Alaska communities can not fight on their own.

Op-ed: How much do you tip the spy?

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 22:02

You’ve got to eat at the terrace dining room at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. Not only does it have a wine menu, a food menu and a dessert menu, but you also can get a Situation Room menu. On a Saturday night, the resort’s restaurant was offering up Korean selections, North Korean actually, options that President Donald Trump was pondering after he and his dinner guest, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, learned that Kim Jong-un had just fired off a missile test.

Young to co-chair Congressional Cannabis Caucus

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 21:56

On Feb. 16, a group of U.S. House representatives from several Western states announced the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

Cook Inlet Energy fined for safety valve violations

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 21:39

The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission — the state regulatory oversight group for the hydrocarbon industry — has issued a $446,000 penalty to Cook Inlet Energy for safety valve violations in early 2014.

Conservation groups move to intervene in predator control lawsuits

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 21:39

A group of than a dozen environmental groups is attempting to become a party to two lawsuits against the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.