Alaska Wild Salmon Day

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 22:21

The banks of the Kenai River in Soldotna Creek Park may be a little quieter, but the love for the salmon that fills the banks hasn’t waned, as evident at Thursday night’s gathering in celebration of Wild Alaska Salmon Day.

Footing Alaska’s bill: Legislators talk about state budget

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 21:23

The Kenai Peninsula’s three legislators spoke Wednesday to an audience of Kenai and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce members about the legislative session that concluded last month with passage of the smallest state budget in many years.

Op-Ed: Common sense uncommon in Washington

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:24

“Sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.” — Dictionary.com’s definition of common sense.

Letter to the editor: New energy options for Alaska

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:24

Surprising news from two different sources. Analysts now believe that consumers will purchase electric vehicles at a much faster rate than previously thought and before long, our nation’s oil consumption will begin to drop significantly and so will oil prices.

What others say: Whose message to believe on Russia?

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:18

Far from the chaos and cacophony of Washington’s unending debate over Russia policy, Vice President Mike Pence has been delivering a remarkably consistent message on a trip to Eastern Europe this week — praising old alliances and reaffirming America’s commitment to defend democratic nations against those countries that would undermine them. Too bad these sentiments aren’t as eagerly embraced and celebrated by the man he works for back in the White House.

Op-ed: Three little words

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:17

At the beginning of my reporting career, I covered a federal judge hearing a civil suit against National Guardsmen that made it to his court several years after the Kent State killings. The judge refused to allow transcripts of grand jury testimony from earlier criminal proceedings into evidence. Grand juries are supposed to be secret, he ruled, and allowing their deliberations into the record would mean they’d become public.

Voices of Alaska: The people behind Prudhoe Bay, 40 years later

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:17

The 40th anniversary of production from the Prudhoe Bay field— which along with other North Slope fields has yielded 17 billion barrels of oil since 1977—has given us an opportunity to reflect upon this landmark achievement and pay tribute to the thousands of people who made it possible.

Reeling it in: ‘The Dark Tower’ tumbles on the screen

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:20

There was a time when sci-fi/fantasy/comic book adaptations were not the go to Hollywood studio tentpole, but rather the cast-off, low rent projects that no serious filmmaker or actor would have anything to do with. Those were the days when Roger Corman was trying to make a “Fantastic Four” movie and classics like “Blade Runner” were bombing at the box office. Back in the late seventies, early eighties, I could understand what happened with this week’s massively disappointing “The Dark Tower.” A studio, unwilling to spend money on a weirdo story from a horror author, rushing out a quickie project to make a few quick bucks. But this is 2017 - the time of “Harry Potter” and “Hunger Games.” These are the days when a multi-book series from even unknown authors make producers go weak in the knees. Heck, they are in the middle of adapting the “Maze Runner” series, and those books were terrible. And “The Dark Tower” isn’t from some nobody. This is Stephen King, for goodness sakes. It’s bizarre.

Bookworm Sez: Getting from Point A to Point B

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:21

From here to there.

That’s where you need to move your stuff: from Point A to Point B. Take it out of one place and put it in another, possibly many miles away. And it’s not like you can wiggle your nose or wave a magic wand to do it, either; you need someone who knows what he’s doing. In “The Long Haul” by Finn Murphy, there’s somebody like that out there

What to do: Hope

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 00:31

The former gold-mining village of Hope is found nestled against the Chugach National Forest, and although it may not be as metropolitan a destination as Anchorage, the small town offers a welcome summer respite from the Kenai River, fish-related tourism.