Caribou Hills open to snowmachine use

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:52

The Caribou Hills area within Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is now open to snowmachine use.

Despite uncertainties, state moves forward with LNG

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 11:45

When Alaska Governor Bill Walker spoke Tuesday to members of the Soldotna and Kenai Chambers of Commerce, he wore an Alaska-shaped lapel pin marked with two lines: one tracing the route of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and the other marking the proposed route of the long-planned 800-mile natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to a liquefaction plant and export terminal in Nikiski.

Hearing officer orders fines, removal of rock in Dow Island gravel case

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 20:55

A state hearing officer has decided that the two men accused of illegally dumping gravel in the Kenai River this summer have to remove the gravel and pay a combined $62,000 in fines.

A novel approach to ocean acidification

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 21:36

Pteropods may look otherworldly, but they are a real and threatened species of minuscule marine snail whose appearance in Homer author Nancy Lord’s new novel “pH” makes the book not science fiction, but an example of science in fiction.

Murkowski introduces bill to study ocean acidification

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 21:51
Warm water changes Ph of oceans, spurring crab dieoff and hurting salmon prey

Global warming is causing ocean water to become less like baking soda and more like milk, chemically speaking.

Girl scout troop gathers 129 blankets to donate to homeless

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 21:36

The members of Girl Scout Troop 254 stepped up their Christmas giving this year with a donation of 129 blankets for those in need.

Governor’s budget includes paying off tax credits, payroll tax

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 22:45

Gov. Bill Walker is asking the Alaska Legislature to again consider new taxes to help support state spending in Fiscal Year 2019.

Alaska State Troopers to offer free academy in 2018

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 22:44

If you’ve ever wanted to see the law through the eyes of a State Trooper, now’s your chance. The Alaska State Troopers Soldotna Post will launch its fifth Citizen Academy this January. The weekly course, which begins Jan. 18 and ends April 5, aims to provide accurate information about law enforcement, prompt discussion and engage the community more actively in public safety issues, Lt. Dane Gilmore, deputy commander with the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety, Alaska State Troopers, said.

Caroling in Ninilchik

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 22:43

The Ninilchik Senior Center was full of holiday cheer on Tuesday afternoon thanks to a group of students from Ninilchik School, with some help from the snow falling outside and the garland strung throughout the center.

State, feds to determine next steps after turbidity report

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 11:56

The state must now address the fact that excessive motor boat traffic in July has made a section of the lower Kenai River too muddy.