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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Joe Thomas, a former Democratic state senator from Fairbanks, has been named a deputy commissioner of the state labor department.

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:23pm

Francy Bennett was traveling from her home in Anchorage to an appointment in Homer when her dog Didley ran away in the Soldotna Fred Meyers parking lot on January 10. Bennett had rescued Didley, a wheaten terrier mix, from a shelter in Washington two weeks earlier, where she said that he had not bee...

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:23pm

The state’s political and resource communities are still buzzing about Gov. Bill Walker’s sudden firing Jan. 6 of three Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board members and his order that new board members not sign confidentiality pledges. Besides the political theater, the concern is whether this...

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:24pm

During deliberations over three of the four candidates for Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Board of Fisheries members weighed in with their opinions on the credentials.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:42pm

A 14-member joint Board of Fisheries and Board of Game meeting has voted to interview just one of the four applicants being considered for the position of commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. During a Wednesday meeting, board members considered — and rejected unanimously — two...

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:21am

With tax season fast approaching, AARP’s Tax-Aide program will be available to help Kenai Peninsula residents in need of tax assistance. AARP first introduced Tax-Aide in 1968 as a free service for taxpayers with low to moderate income, in order to help them prepare their tax returns. According to...

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:42pm

While students at Kenai Peninsula College Kenai River campus return to classes this week, college administrators have started to evaluate next year’s budget as the state considers significant budget cuts. KPC Director Gary Turner said with Gov. Bill Walker proposing somewhere between a 5 to 8 perc...

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:42pm


Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:42pm

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be using $1.3 million less of the fund balance than projected for the 2015 fiscal year. This is good news for the school district, said spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:42pm

Readers borrowing books from Soldotna’s Joyce K. Carver Library will soon be bypassing traditional, by-hand checkout methods. The city council approved the purchased of Radio Identification Software Licensing and Equipment, or electronic materials for self-checkout, Wednesday evening. The purchase...

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 8:04pm


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