Brian Smith

  • Issues with Cook Inlet gas production and looming shortages predicted by utilities received top billing in the opening days of the Alaska Legislature. But some lawmakers expressed dismay about tussles concerning how much gas is really in the basin, how much is immediately producible, and what the re...

    Mon, 02/04/2013 - 1:40pm
  • The Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up rig — idling at dock in Homer since late August — could start drilling after the snow melts, an official with Buccaneer Energy said Friday. What was planned as a short eight-day stay in Homer before leaving to drill in northern Cook Inlet waters turne...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 3:56pm
  • Forecasters this winter have been calling out a wide range of weather patterns — snow, rain, freeze. But organizers of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race hope to only hear three sounds next weekend — mush, mush, mush....

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:59pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough officials are considering loaning Homer and Kachemak City a combined $13 million to help create a natural gas grid on the heels of last year’s state capital appropriations that will bring a gas line from Anchor Point south. Although the borough helps connect residents with ...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:52pm
  • Homer Electric Association will be “extremely busy” in 2013 finishing projects and preparing the utility for a looming shift that will place it in direct control of area power generation needs, a co-op spokesman said. For several years HEA has been setting wheels in motion anticipating the sever...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 12:35pm
  • A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member’s attempt to introduce an ordinance that would have undone an expansion of the borough’s anadromous waters habitat protection ordinance was foiled by an unlikely source: the “reply all” button on his email. Newly elected assembly member Kelly Wolf wi...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 12:12pm
  • One of the items Kenai Peninsula Borough officials hope to have state lawmakers include in the state’s capital budget is infrastructure needed to create a long term solution for treatment and disposal of landfill fluids, also known as leachate....

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 10:23am
  • An independent oil and gas explorer has applied for an Army Corps of Engineers permit to build a new production platform in Cook Inlet’s Kitchen Lights Unit....

    Thu, 12/27/2012 - 2:16pm
  • Three area lawmakers told a crowd gathered Friday they were encouraged about the prospects of solving some of the state’s biggest questions — tweaking oil taxes, shrinking the state’s operating and capital budget and getting gas from the North Slope to Alaskans. House Speaker Rep. Mike Chenaul...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:44am
  • While scientists, managers and stakeholders gathered in Anchorage to identify gaps in the state’s king salmon data at a symposium, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members mulled their own perceived lack of data. Gunnar Knapp, an economics professor with the University of Alaska Anchorage, tal...

    Thu, 11/01/2012 - 2:32pm

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