Vatican: Israel, Palestinian peace prayer June 8

VATICAN CITY — Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will join Pope Francis for an afternoon praying for peace at the Vatican… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2014
  • By NICOLE WINFIELD

CIFF, ADFG argue need for more information in lawsuit over 2013 management

ANCHORAGE — A state judge heard oral argument yesterday about the lawsuit over 2013 management of Cook Inlet salmon fisheries. The Cook Inlet Fishermen’s Fund,… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2014
  • By By Molly Dischner
Caption 2: Model based on the blockage of upper Resurrection River by a late-glacial advance of Exit Glacier, impoundment of the drainage in a former lake above the glacier dam, northwestward overflow  from the impounded lake into the upper Russian River, and southeastward drainage through a diversion channel around Exit Glacier into lower Resurrection River.

A geologic explanation for two sockeye populations in the Russian River

My interest in the Russian River fishery was suddenly piqued one day about four years ago, when a colleague, Paul Ruesch, asked me a very… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2014
  • By Dick Reger
Caption 2: Model based on the blockage of upper Resurrection River by a late-glacial advance of Exit Glacier, impoundment of the drainage in a former lake above the glacier dam, northwestward overflow  from the impounded lake into the upper Russian River, and southeastward drainage through a diversion channel around Exit Glacier into lower Resurrection River.
Sgt. 1st  Class Jody Martin helps load packs into a Department of Veterans Affairs vehicle from the Warrior Hikers on May 17, 2014  in Catawba, Va.  Sean Gobin founded the Warrior Hike to coordinate hikes for other veterans who are struggling to adapt to civilian life. This spring, 26 veterans set off on hikes along the AT, the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.  (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Erica Yoon)  LOCAL TV OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT;  CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT

Veterans hike on the Appalachian Trail

ROANOKE, Va. — After three combat deployments in a dozen years, Sean Gobin stepped onto the Appalachian Trail in Georgia to walk off the war.Six… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2014
  • By LUANNE RIFE
Sgt. 1st  Class Jody Martin helps load packs into a Department of Veterans Affairs vehicle from the Warrior Hikers on May 17, 2014  in Catawba, Va.  Sean Gobin founded the Warrior Hike to coordinate hikes for other veterans who are struggling to adapt to civilian life. This spring, 26 veterans set off on hikes along the AT, the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.  (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Erica Yoon)  LOCAL TV OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT;  CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT

Smokey has it wrong

In 1944, Smokey Bear started saying, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” Other than replacing “forest fires” with the more-inclusive “wildfires” in 2014, here we… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2014
  • By Les Palmer
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion US Senator Mark Begich thanks firefighters for their efforts in the Funny River Road wildfire during a media briefing Tuesday.

Wildfire now 46 percent contained, not caused by campfire

Updated at 11:22 a.m. Thursday The Funny River Horse Trail wildfire is up to 192,831 acres and 46 percent contained, according to the Alaska Interagency… Continue reading

  • May 27, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER and RASHAH McCHESNEY
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion US Senator Mark Begich thanks firefighters for their efforts in the Funny River Road wildfire during a media briefing Tuesday.

Kings picking up, lakes still the place to be

Kings Alaska Department of Fish & Game research biologist Robert Begich said, things are looking a little better for king salmon this week, compared to… Continue reading

Hunting for Hooligan

If you stand long enough on the banks of the Kenai River this time of year, you’ll likely notice a ripple in the surface of… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Central Emergency Services firefighter Dan Jensen acts as a firewatch under the haze of smoke from the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire Monday May 26, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Rainfall helps to slow fire, some properties still threatened

As the threat of the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire lessens in Kasilof and Funny River, the massive fire pushes further into the refuge and… Continue reading

  • May 28, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Central Emergency Services firefighter Dan Jensen acts as a firewatch under the haze of smoke from the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire Monday May 26, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Soldotna under construction

Soldotna is set to have a productive summer, with a variety of construction projects aimed at improving drinking water availability, walking trails and roadways through… Continue reading

  • May 28, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan

Murkowski hopeful that Eielson will house new jets

FAIRBANKS (AP) — Eielson Air Force Base likely will be on a narrowed list of potential locations for two squadrons of new F-35 Joint Strike… Continue reading

  • May 28, 2014

Parnell signs budget bills, makes no vetoes

JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell signed a $12.8-billion state budget package Wednesday, issuing no vetoes and saying he was proud of the work that he… Continue reading

  • May 28, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer

Council’s improvements to community plans

The Soldotna City Council unanimously agreed to raise the amount of appropriations for renovations to the Joyce K. Carver Library $30,000 to $42,000. The amount… Continue reading

  • May 28, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan

The Kardashian industry

The rapper Kanye West and reality star Kim Kardashian didn’t get married over the weekend in Florence, Italy, so much as complete a celebrity merger.… Continue reading

  • May 28, 2014
  • By Rich Lowry

Progress on natural gas delivery is gratifying

Construction projects are a hallmark of the summer months in Fairbanks, with workers on new buildings and road projects around the city. But this summer… Continue reading

  • May 28, 2014
  • By Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Fire watch

Fire watchBy Vicki Fruichantie We were going campingBut ended up instead,Working the “information station”As the wildfires glowed red.We waited and watched and worriedAs the days… Continue reading

  • May 28, 2014
  • By Vicki Fruichantie
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Leticia and Joe Thiede look at a recent map of the wildfire that forced them to evacuate their home on Funny River Road Sunday. Leticia, who is eight months pregnant with their first child, said the ordeal has been stressful. The family stayed the past two nights at an RV Park until the evacuation was lifted Tuesday.

Families return to Funny River

After her third night of sleeping in a motor home at the King Salmon RV Park in Soldotna, Leticia Thiede woke Tuesday morning to the… Continue reading

  • May 27, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Leticia and Joe Thiede look at a recent map of the wildfire that forced them to evacuate their home on Funny River Road Sunday. Leticia, who is eight months pregnant with their first child, said the ordeal has been stressful. The family stayed the past two nights at an RV Park until the evacuation was lifted Tuesday.

Commercial fishing groups, feds, testify on salmon management

ANCHORAGE — A federal judge heard oral argument yesterday in the lawsuit regarding whether or not Cook Inlet should be in a federal salmon management… Continue reading

  • May 27, 2014
  • By Molly Dischner

Calling all heroes

The word “hero” can bring to mind anyone from law enforcement officers keeping communities safe to emergency responders saving lives to the firefighters working to… Continue reading

  • May 27, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI

Tyonek fire nears full containment

Firefighter officials said the Tyonek wildfire should be 100 percent contained by the end of Wednesday, nine days after the wind-driven fire was first reported… Continue reading

  • May 27, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER