Editorial: An abdication of responsibility?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:44

Last week, the Alaska Senate passed an update to criminal justice reform legislation — then adjourned and headed home. The action prompted criticism from the House majority coalition and the governor, with House Speaker Bryce Edgmon calling the Senate’s action “an abdication of their responsibilities.”

Refuge Notebook: Why northern pike are bad for the Kenai Peninsula

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:56

The history of northern pike in Southcentral Alaska is murky, but it goes something like this. Pike are not native to Alaska south and west of the Alaska Range and were likely first introduced to Bulchitna Lake in the Susitna Drainage in the 1950s. Pike are now in more than 100 waterbodies in this Indiana-sized drainage. Pike were first documented on the Kenai Peninsula near Soldotna Creek in the 1970s and have since spread to 23 waterbodies. Pike have traveled down the west side of Cook Inlet where commercial setnetters occasionally catch them. Fortunately, the same hasn’t been true for Kenai Peninsula setnetters.

An Outdoor View: Bonefishing, Part 2

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:56

Author’s note: I recently came across a journal that I kept while on a trip to Christmas Island in 1987. This column, gleaned from the family-appropriate parts of that journal, is the second of a series about that once-in-a-lifetime fishing trip. — LP

SoHi, Homer hockey win 1st day of End of Road tourney

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:45

The Soldotna Stars prevailed 9-4 in an offensive shootout over Bartlett on Thursday night on the first night of the End of the Road Shootout in Homer.

Trail etiquette: Do’s and don’t’s of using recreation facilities around town

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:45

There’s a time and place for everything, and for local recreation trails, the emphasis lies on the place.

Brown Bears forward Spethmann not afraid to venture far from home

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:45

For many parents of Kenai River Brown Bears, sending their sons so far away to a remote location can be tough at first.

Series preview: Brown Bears vs. Bobcats

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:45

The Kenai River Brown Bears will be focusing on getting off to a good start tonight when they face the Bismarck (North Dakota) Bobcats in the first of two straight 7:30 p.m. games at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

New high school wrestling rankings released

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:45

The latest Alaska Coaches Wrestling Poll was released by Kenai Central head coach Stan Steffensen Wednesday night.

Board of Game takes no action on permit requirement for domestic sheep, goats

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:14

Owners of domestic sheep and goats won’t have to get permits for their animals for now, though members of the state Board of Game urged them to continue voluntary disease testing.

‘Canstruction’ continues at Redoubt Elementary

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:13

Puncity seems like a nice place, it really has it all.