Jet set: Eight fighter planes land in Kenai

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:07

As a U.S. Air Force F-22 “Raptor” fighter jet takes off from the Kenai Municipal Airport, others await fueling on Monday, March 19, 2018 in Kenai. Eight of the fighters landed at the Kenai airport Monday after weather conditions kept them from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, their home field. Four of the F-22s belong to the 90th Fighter Squadron and four to the 525th Fighter Squadron, which were on separate training flights before landing in Kenai, said Major Stephen Montgomery, a pilot with the 90th. The fighters took off for Anchorage Monday afternoon. F-22s from Elmendorf have been occasionally using Kenai as an alternate landing site since October 2016, when a pair of the fighters landed there to assess the possibility. (Photo by Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough working group looks into peat

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 23:01

Much of the western Kenai Peninsula is covered in peatlands, and some people want the chance to harvest and sell it.

Local Zumba instructor, 74, inspires confidence

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 21:37

It can be hard to say exactly what makes a group of people fun, but it’s easy to identify when you see it. Truman Krogel’s Zumba Gold class is fun.

UAF launches center focusing on salmon, society

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 21:36

The University of Alaska is diving into broad social issues tied to salmon, with the hope of finding solutions to longstanding conflicts and future challenges.

3 seats on HEA ballot

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 10:51

The nearly 24,000 members of Homer Electric Association will soon have their chance to extend their involvement in the utility beyond flicking their light switches and into choosing the group’s leadership. In this year’s annual elections for the HEA board of directors, one of the three open seats is being contested between an incumbent and a challenger.

Nature in music and feeling

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 01:00

Frozen Portage Lake beneath me cracks and groans ominously. A bitter cold infects the skin between my wrist and glove where cloth edges don’t meet. But up ahead, the rare sunlight casts my friends’ shadows across the diamond snow as we approach the teal glacier wall. The air outside is silent, yet music swells from somewhere deeper than my heart.

Felony indictments against Maw dismissed

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:59

The felony indictments against a former Board of Fisheries nominee have been dismissed.

Pilot program sparks passion

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 20:26

Joshua Diaz was thrown out of a window and excited about it.

Bill seeks to broaden naturopathy practice

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 20:26

Naturopathic physicians in Alaska want to be able to practice medicine as primary care providers.