BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The first time I tried cross-country skiing, I was in junior high in southern Minnesota wondering why anyone would want to work that hard in bitter cold when they could be downhill skiing (or hiding indoors) instead.
If there’s a bright spot in the recent headlines regarding Alaska’s economy, it’s this: on the Kenai Peninsula, the bad news isn’t nearly as bad as it could be.
The tourism season in Alaska is projected to grow by 2 percent over this year, but the future for the industry’s marketing is still uncertain.
Shannon Sumner (left) stirs together a melting mix of butters and essential oils while talking to Katie Cronce at a do-it-yourself body butter-making class on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at the Kenai Community Library in Kenai, Alaska. Kenai librarian Ryanna Thurman teaches a DIY classs about once a month, showing attendees how to make their own deodorants, chapstick, perfume and other products. Past sessions have charged participants material fees, but the nonprofit group Friends of Kenai Community Library has begun covering the cost, Thurman said, so the classes are now offered for free. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Esteban Santiago stood alone in the cold one day last month outside Mom & Pop’s liquor store in Anchorage. He was waving his arms and having a terrible argument in the parking lot.
“I think it’s powerful and addresses something that isn’t often talked about in public,” Lauren Brooks, a former advocate for Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE), said at the First Friday art display at Alaska Robotics of “Finding My Voice” by Christine Carpenter.
Here’s something important: your pants don’t fit anymore.
2016 is come and gone and though it was definitely a dramatic year in a lot of ways, I’m not sure how monumental it was in the world of cinema. I ended up seeing 64 new movies this year and while I saw things I certainly liked and didn’t like, there really wasn’t anything earthshaking like last year’s “Star Wars” for me.
One nail and screw at a time, a local nonprofit is inching its way toward opening a sober living home in Soldotna now that its members have secured a building.