Thursday hoops roundup

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 00:00

Defending Class 3A state champion Grace Christian held off the Soldotna boys in a 47-43 nonconference clash on opening day at the Alaska Prep Shootout tournament at Dimond High.

In new state role, Navarre’s message about fiscal plan remains the same

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 21:45

The commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development is making rounds of the state, advocating for a stable fiscal plan.

Field house designs completed

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 21:45

A field house for the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex is one step, or kick, or throw, closer to becoming a reality.

Kenai seeking economic diversity with land reforms

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 21:45

Speaking on Wednesday at the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District’s Industry Outlook Forum, Christine Cunningham, Assistant to the Kenai City Manager, outlined the reasons Kenai’s administration is seeking to change land policies that critics say have stiffled business in the city: of the city-owned properties offered for lease to industrial and commercial developers, 81 percent remain unleased.

Warming Alaska poses threat to humans

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:51
Department of health report shows widespread potential health effects of climate change

Polar bears aren’t the only ones whose health will suffer from global warming, according to a new report from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Local pot business expecting slight chill from federal change

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:51

The practicalities of running a state-legal business based on a nationally-illegal product have became more complicated in some respects but unchanged in others, after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced changes last week that may enable federal marijuana prosecution in states such as Alaska that have legalized the drug.

What others say: Legal marijuana pays better than prohibition

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:51

The results are in: Marijuana receipts in Pendleton — the only municipality in northeast Oregon to allow recreational and medical sales — are far beyond initial expectations.

Reeling it in: Lots of fun this week at the movies

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:51

I’m not a huge fan of long plane flights, but one nice thing is that nowadays you can spend the time watching movies, which usually takes my mind off my knee that’s seizing up or the line to bathroom that’s stretching all the way from the back of the plane to that curtain that so helpfully separates first class and coach.

‘Bears in Flowers’ looks at the terror of our furry friends

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:51

In the Homer art scene, artist Julianne Tomich defies categorization. Comfortable in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art, she’s as hard working as she is versatile — and witty. She’s the kind of artist you might run into at a coffee shop, sit down and chat with for a moment, and find yourself hours later talking about moose, small towns, hillbillies and the problem of finding good Indian food. Last Friday, her latest show, “Bears in Flowers,” opened at Grace Ridge Brewery — the only First Friday show in town, it turned out.

Peninsula job losses continue into retail, tourism sectors

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:51

The Kenai Peninsula lost jobs and saw reduced wages in 2016 and the first two quarters of 2017, a continuation of the ongoing statewide recession.