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Alaska GOP Gov. Dunleavy disbands state climate response team

Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has formally disbanded the task force formed by his predecessor to guide the state’s response to global warming. In an administrative order this week, Dunleavy revoked a separate, 2017 order by Bill Walker, an independent, establishing the task force and a state


AKLEG Day 38: The Dunleavy administration is failing to convince legislators its budget is good for Alaska

The 38th day of the Legislature felt like one of the first “normal” days of the session thanks in large part to the House finally getting underway with its first House Finance Committee meeting. The Legislature also heard from Sen. Dan Sullivan, who had plenty of praise for Trump, and the budget wor


Store Spotlight: Exploring Alaska

With the nickname The Last Frontier, it’s no surprise that Home Depot associates living in Alaska see unique projects and customers. Our Alaskan associates are proud to live in such a unique state, and love to share what makes their stores and communities one of a kind.


Anchorage Man Involved in Serious DV Assault Arrested in Seward

The Public Safety Communication Center in Soldotna traced a 911 call that came into the center at 12:03 am on Saturday morning where screaming and sounds of a disturbance could be heard in the background.


Snow moving into Southcentral Wednesday afternoon, advisories in effect

Looking outside you'll find little evidence that the next storm is just around the corner, but by Wednesday afternoon we'll once again see snow accumulating across Southcentral.


Kenai fishing group wants ‘feed Alaskans first’ rule

The Kenai River Sportsfishing Association is asking the Board of Fisheries to prioritize the food needs of Alaskans over commercial fishing interests, when allocating Alaska’s seafood resources.


Kards rally past Homer, 44-40

The Kenai Central High School Cardinals pieced together a 16-10 run in the third quarter and then held on to claim a tough 44-40 victory over the Homer Mariners on Thursday in a Northern Lights Conference showdown in Kenai.


Homer Middle School skiers sparkle at Homer Invitational

The Homer Middle School Husky ski team won many of the top places last Friday at the Homer Invitational Nordic Ski Race at Lookout Mountain Recreation Area on Ohlson Mountain Road. In all, 74 skiers from Homer, Soldotna, Kenai and Seward raced on a sunny day over a 3-kilometer course that was perfec


Lady M's claim KPB Nordic ski championship

Autumn Daigle said she never felt any pressure when she began the final leg of the 4-kilometer skate race on Friday afternoon. Knowing she was more than a minute behind Soldotna's Erika Arthur, she said she tuned out the race and concentrated on her form.


Governor’s budget proposes closing Kenai prison and shipping inmates Outside

JUNEAU — Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s cost-cutting budget would partially close one prison and send at least 500 inmates out of state, but lawmakers say they can’t reconcile the governor’s decision with his drive to reduce crime.


Wasilla girls fall at SoHi

When it’s your year, it’s your year. And right now, the Soldotna girls are having a year. The Stars ticked another overdue win off their list Friday night in Soldotna with a 56-41 victory over the Wasilla Warriors, then Saturday notched a dramatic, come-from-behind, 49-47 victory over Wasilla.


Despite Republicans’ ire, Knopp says he won’t resign or change party

KENAI — Despite pressure from Republicans in his own district, Rep. Gary Knopp of Kenai defended his actions in the House and said he won’t resign or change his party affiliation.


AGDC criticizes Mat-Su Borough for ‘factual and legal errors’

The state’s gas pipeline development corporation and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough continue debating the worthiness of the borough’s Port MacKenzie property for the proposed Alaska LNG Project, as the state’s latest filing with federal regulators accuses the borough of “factual and legal errors.”


Brutal town hall as Knopp faces angry voters

AND SOME PRO-KNOPP DEMOCRATS WHO SHOWED UP TO SUPPORT HIM. Rep. Gary Knopp left Juneau on Wednesday to fly back to his Kenai district for the purpose of explaining to constituents why he broke away from the Republican majority in December, and why he thinks he made the right decision.


Some Kenai, Kasilof kings will be catch-and-release

King salmon fishing during this year’s early season on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers will take place under catch-and-release restrictions, added by state biologists in anticipation of low runs.


New publisher named for Homer, Kenai papers

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - A new publisher is leading both the Homer News and the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai. Sound Publishing Inc., which owns both newspapers, appointed Jeff Hayden as publisher. He started his post Monday.


Heated exchanges in Senate Finance Committee review of Dunleavy's budget

JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) — The Senate Finance Committee saw some heated exchanges Thursday as the Office of Management and Budget director, Donna Arduin, gave an overview of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed FY2020 budget.


Among Dunleavy’s proposed DOC cuts, sending 500 prisoners out of state

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget for the Department of Corrections cuts $19 million from this year’s budget. About $12.8 million of the estimated savings will come from a plan to send 500 inmates to private prisons outside of Alaska. Other savings would come from closing half of Wildwood Cor


Bryce Edgmon becomes Speaker: 21 to 18

By a vote of 21-18, Rep. Bryce Edgmon has become Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Republicans who voted in favor of the Democrat-turned-undeclared Speaker were Anchorage Reps. Chuck Kopp and Jennifer Johnston.


Soldotna preps for special election on city field house

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - Soldotna’s public works director says a design is “95 percent complete” on a proposed field house. Kyle Kornelis says planners will await taking additional steps until they see the outcome of a special election March 5.