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Erin Callahan-Burdine

Erin Callahan-Burdine, age 47, of West Unity, Ohio, died at 1:16 p.m.. on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.Erin had been a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Soldotna prior to moving to West Unity.
Strong university system crucial to Alaska's future

New University of Alaska President James Johnsen's visit to Kenai Peninsula College campuses this week reaffirmed something that's long been a priority on the peninsula: educational opportunity is crucial for strong, thriving communities.
Fairbanks search, rescue medic a leader in pot legalization

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Brandon Emmett grew up around marijuana. His first job was turning compost on a marijuana farm for $5 an hour. He later moved to trimming and then cloning plants. His uncle was also a grower.
Ninilchik Traditional Council plans a peninsula public transit service

Ninilchik is more than 37 miles from either of the central and southern peninsula's hospitals, which isn't a problem for most people with a car and license. For those without, it's an enormous barrier.
Rising seas, peat may have done in large ice age animals

ANCHORAGE - Woolly mammoths and other large ice age mammals thrived in northern Alaska until environmental changes turned grasslands into peat and rising sea levels submerged the Bering Land Bridge, cutting off their access to Asia, according to a research paper published Monday.Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of California studied bones of ice age horses, steppe bison, mammoths and other animals to determine why they died out in what's now Arctic Alaska.
Business Briefs

? The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet today at noon at Froso's Restaurant in Soldotna. A presentation from Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager for the Better Business Bureau, on ID theft and top scams is planned. RSVP to 262-9814.
KPC prepares to go tobacco- and smoke-free

The University of Alaska system, including Kenai Peninsula College campuses and extension sites, is going smoke and tobacco free before the end of the year. The new policy includes e-cigarettes, and a $50 fine for littering tobacco related materials.
USGS: Berry harvests becoming less predictable

Many Alaskans take advantage of the wild berries that grow across the state every summer and fall. However, finding them has always been the challenge, which may be becoming more challenging. A recent study published by the U.S.
Mount Royal hockey holds off UAA at Soldotna Regional Sports Complex

Mount Royal goalie Colin Cooper stood up to 10 sticks, and the will of 1,272 Soldotna Regional Sports Complex fans, in preserving a 1-0 exhibition victory over the University of Alaska Anchorage on Friday night.
UA regents say they failed to hear of HAARP restart

University of Alaska regents reacted with disappointment Thursday as president Jim Johnsen announced that the UA system will loan $2 million to the University of Alaska Fairbanks? Geophysical Institute to restart a defunct Air Force research installation."It's a huge amount of money," said regent Mary Hughes of Anchorage. "I'm concerned that we didn't get a heads-up on this when it was happening."


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