New Visitors Center In Soldotna Inching Closer To A Reality

first_imgThe Soldotna Chamber is staffing up to launch a capital campaign to raise money to construct the new building. The Chamber will be meeting with the Soldotna City Council at 4:30 p.m., this evening to discuss the next step forward for the project. With more than 700,000 tourists passing through the Kenai Peninsula each year, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has outgrown the current visitor’s center. Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shanon Davis: “We are looking at what we can do with about a 10,000 square foot building. It would put us in a much better location. It would give us quite a bit more square footage than what we have now.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on May 10th, 2018 at 09:19 amPhoto updated on 5/10 courtesy of Shannon Davis  Davis said the square shaped meeting room will be about the same size as the meeting space in the Sports Center, and would hold about 225 small conference attendees.center_img The Chamber has contracted with MRV Architects to design the building that will cost around $5.1 million to build. The location for the new visitors center is slated for the Davis Block property, a piece of riverfront property next to Soldotna Creek Park. The current Chamber of Commerce building is at the corner of the Sterling highway and K-Beach Road, and according to Davis doesn’t fit the needs of the organization.last_img read more

Super blood wolf moon next up in super year for eclipses

first_img 12 Photos Tags Share your voice Mars, space soldiers and NASA’s big party: The biggest… Finally, January’s full moon is nicknamed the “wolf moon,” because cultures in the Northern Hemisphere used to sit around during the long winter nights and hear howling wolves outside.Put them all together and you get a “super blood wolf moon” that will be viewable for about an hour in the western hemisphere late Jan. 20 or the early morning hours of Jan. 21 in western Europe.And that’s just the start. Four more eclipses are set to happen in 2019, including the big show in South America this July. We’ll have more details on how to view these events as they approach.This post first published on Jan. 2 and will be updated as the various eclipses near.  Sci-Tech 5:33 21 Photos Solar eclipse 2017: Here’s what people saw For eclipse fans in the Americas and western Europe, January also brings the last opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse until 2021. This cool celestial event occurs when the sun, Earth and moon are all in a line, casting the shadow of the Earth on to the moon and giving it a reddish tint — hence the term “blood moon.”When this happens on the evening of Jan. 20 in the western hemisphere, the moon will also be near its closest approach to Earth, making it appear the slightest bit larger in the sky. This is a fairly regular occurrence we call a supermoon.  A NASA image of a “blood moon” blushing red. NASA For sky watchers in parts of north Asia, the new year will begin with the moon taking a “bite” out of the sun a few weeks before the rest of us are treated to the spooky-sounding conjunction of celestial events known as a “super blood wolf moon.”Altogether there will six eclipses observable from planet Earth in 2019, including a total solar eclipse over parts of the Pacific, Chile and Argentina on July 2 like the one that wowed multitudes across the US in the summer of 2017.But there’s also a partial solar eclipse coming up this weekend, on Jan. 6. While much less dramatic than the spectacular sight of a total eclipse, the moon will partially cover the sun for up to a minute and 43 seconds. Observing this, however, will require special protective solar eclipse eyewear that can be purchased online. Remember, looking at the sun without such protection is, of course, very dangerous. To see the eclipse, you’ll also need to be in Japan, Korea or just the right part of Siberia, northeast China, Mongolia or Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.  NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Now playing: Watch this: Comments Shots of the super blue blood moon worth waking up early for 2 Spacelast_img read more

Fourday school improves math

first_imgResearchers have found that children attending schools for just four days in a week perform better in mathematics than those who attend a traditional five-day school week.“What interested me about our results is they were completely opposite to what we anticipated,” said Mary Beth Walker, dean of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in the US. The study compared fourth-grade reading and fifth-grade math test scores for students who participated in a four-day school week, versus those who attended a five-day school week. The researchers found that a four-day school week had a statistically significant impact on math scores for fifth-grade students, while reading scores were not affected.The study suggests there is little evidence that moving to a four-day week compromises student academic achievement.last_img read more

Man stabs wife kills self

first_imgKolkata: A person committed suicide after stabbing his wife late on Sunday night at Dholahat in South 24 Parganas. On Monday morning local residents came to know about the incident and informed police after admitting the woman to a hospital.According to a local resident, Swapan Debnath, 48, used to reside with his wife Sukkari Debnath at his in-law’s house at Bhimnagar in Dholahat. Debnath family’s neighbours claimed that there use to regular altercations between them often over some family problems.On Monday morning, the neighbours found Sukkari lying in a pool of blood. After Sukkari was sent to hospital, a few local residents started searching for Swapan. A few minutes later they discovered Swapan hanging from the ceiling of a pump room located on a agricultural land near his home. When Sukkarai was taken to hospital, she stated that Swapan had stabbed her multiple times. An unnatural death case has been registered at the Dholahat police station.last_img read more