Op-ed: Spicer goes United

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 20:10

It’s time to be blunt: It’s not just that Sean Spicer made a comment that was outrageously ignorant when he told reporters that Syria’s Bashar Assad was even worse than “someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” Even Spicer realized that he had voluntarily stepped into the fecal version of quicksand. As disgusting as his remark was, it’s not the only reason he’s getting such a public flogging. The reason everyone is pounding on Spicer is that he has been a jerk ever since he became press secretary to Donald Trump. His belligerence and his pathetic attempts to stomp on reporters at the behest of his boss, the bully in chief, has meant that no one is willing to cut Spicer any slack whatsoever. One could call him a clown, because time and again he’s hit himself in the face with a pie. Suddenly the humiliated clown has been forced to grovel and try to recover his malicious mojo.

Improving emergency services a worthy idea

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 09:55

While it’s popular to think of government as the cause of most of our problems, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is taking a shot at actually solving one.

Permit may delay Sport Lake elodea killing

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 13:52

Elodea could be eliminated from Sport Lake near Soldotna before native vegetation emerges and before the summer crowd of pilots and boaters arrive, but only if a minimum 70-day state permitting process is sped up. Otherwise, the lake’s popular state-run boat launch will likely close this summer.

In Alaska, anxiety grows as debate over health care rages

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 20:08

JUNEAU — Going without health insurance is a risk. Going without it in Alaska can be a gamble of a much higher order, for this is a place unlike anywhere else in the U.S., a land of pitiless cold, vast expanses and dangerous, back-breaking work such as pulling fishing nets from the water or hauling animal carcasses out of the woods.

Alaskan oil well leaking gas

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 20:14

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A federal official says crews in Alaska are trying to shut down an oil well that is leaking explosive natural gas on the frozen North Slope.

The Environmental Protection Agency says a crack in a BP wellhead near Deadhorse sent up mist of crude oil Friday before it froze...

Official: Call for fiscal plan stands amid new forecast

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 20:08

JUNEAU — A forecast calling for higher-than-expected revenue this year and next will help Alaska’s fiscal situation, but it doesn’t eliminate the need for a comprehensive plan to address Alaska’s multibillion-dollar deficit, the state revenue commissioner said Friday.

Peninsula hungry for locally grown food

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 20:08

The time is ripe for central Kenai Peninsula farmers, according to a market study that found an overwhelming demand for locally grown food in the area.

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Preseason party to mark passing of torch from one generation to next

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 00:24

Let’s travel back in time. It’s 1973, which marks the first year that Birch Ridge Golf Course was open for business under the leadership of Tom and Gail Smith, my maternal grandparents.

Track and field season opens without Big C Relays

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 00:24

As the spring track and field season shifts to the center of attention, there is a noticeable absence on the calendar, and it is leaving everyone in the dark.

Alaska Senate, House at odds with session poised to run long

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 21:35

JUNEAU — Leaders of the Republican-led Alaska Senate said Thursday they aren’t interested in instituting an income tax or raising oil industry taxes as a way to address the state’s multibillion-dollar deficit.