Daysha Eaton

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed another resolution on Jan. 17 related to their controversial invocation policy.

The resolution states that each Borough Assembly member has the right to his her own personal opinion on the invocation policy. However, according to the resolution, individual members do not speak on the behalf of the Borough.

The resolution passed in a 6 to 3 vote, with Assembly President Kelly Cooper and Assembly Members Willy Dunne and Brandii Holmdahl voting against.

River Otters Use Latrines As Social Hubs

2 hours ago
Adi Barocas

When it comes to picking a good place to socialize, the bathroom probably isn’t high on your list. For coastal river otters in southcentral Alaska, however, the bathroom is a major social hub.

Researchers are now working to understand how otters use these latrine sites to communicate and build social groups.

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

Birders, it’s almost that time of year to pull out your camera and join the 25th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival.

Organizers recently announced this year’s festival will happen during the first week of May.

This year you can try birding via fat bike or paddle board. Also in store for this year’s festival are gatherings at some birding hot spots along with live bird presentations.

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

Recent police reports indicate aircraft on the Kenai Peninsula are being targeted by handheld lasers.

According to Kenai Police Chief David Ross, three laser incidents were reported to the Kenai Police Department in 2016. The incidents occurred in April, November and December.

M/V Tustumena delayed due to weather

Jan 16, 2017
Wikipedia Commons

The blustery weather has proven too much for the Trusty Tusty. The regular sailing of the Alaska Marine Highway ferry Tustumena is delayed this week, due to high winds and heavy seas.

The sailings planned for Sunday and Monday, Jan. 15 and 16, were canceled and the ferry is now scheduled to resume service Tuesday morning, Jan. 17, according to a notice sent out over the weekend from the Alaska Department of Transportation.

Holmdahl Resigns From Borough Assembly

Jan 16, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

Brandii Holmdahl is stepping down from her position on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

She has served for the past 16 months as the District 6 representative – which includes Hope, Cooper Landing, Moose Pass and Seward.

Holmdahl decided to resign from the Assembly after accepting a new job in Boston.

Daysha Eaton

Llur’ak, Sled.

Llurngami llukcagualleq tengelraa paagutekcak taumi mill’uni nullumini! Ayalayak ai!

Translation: While he was sledding, he took a big jump in the air and landed on his behind! Ouch!

Llur’ak, Sled.

 

ConocoPhillips’ Big Find On The North Slope Could Help Replenish Pipeline

Jan 13, 2017
Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk

ConocoPhillips today announced a major oil find in the National Petroleum-Reserve Alaska (NPR-A). The company is calling it the Willow Discovery. Experts say coupled with several other recent big discoveries in the region, it could portend a new wave of oil development on the North Slope. If developed, it could go a long ways toward replenishing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

Telluride Mountainfilm Returns To Homer

Jan 13, 2017
Telluride Mountainfilm Festival

For the 15th year running, Telluride Mountainfilm Festival will make a stop in Homer.

Mountainfilm tour director Crystal Merrill says the festival has evolved and grown since it first began in 1979.

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Suicide rates in Native communities often far exceed those of other demographics – especially among youth.

The suicide rate for American Indian and Alaska Natives ages 18 to 24 was about 22 deaths per 100,000 people from 2009 to 2013. That’s nearly double the overall rate for the age group across all ethnicities.

Now, two tribes on the Kenai Peninsula are developing programs to prevent suicide in Native youth.

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