The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has approved four long-term, non-permanent positions for hire for the Silvertip Maintenance Station on the Seward Highway.
Due to budget cuts, the Silvertip station, which covers plowing and maintenance for a large part of the Seward Highway, closed last year. Public pressure and a push from Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche prompted the state to agree to reopen the station late last month.
A mob of extremists supporting President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol today, violently interrupting lawmakers who were gathered to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
There haven’t been any reported violent demonstrations in Juneau or elsewhere in Alaska today. But there was a small group of protesters gathered on the corner of the Kenai Spur and Sterling highways in Soldotna to show support for the outgoing president.
Winter vacation is over for Kenai Peninsula students, who returned to their virtual classrooms Monday. But in just a week, they’ll be back in their real classrooms, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced this afternoon.
The district was originally planning to reopen schools Jan. 19, following guidance from an advisory committee that included teachers, staff and medical experts.
Now that return will happen Jan. 11. The district said the shift is because of a reduction in COVID-19 transmission on the peninsula.
The Kenai Peninsula has a new area wildlife biologist.
Nick Fowler joins the Alaska Department of Fish and Game by way of upstate New York. But he’s lived all over the country.
Fowler grew up in central Missouri and majored in fisheries and wildlife science at the University of Missouri. He got his masters degree in Mississippi and has researched on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and in California.