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  • The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting another strong run of sockeye salmon to Upper Cook Inlet next season, on the heels of two above-average years. The forecast is for a return of 6.7 million sockeye to all river systems and a harvest by all user gr...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 11:23am
  • Starting at midnight today, there are 521,280 minutes left in the year. You already blew the first 1,440 minutes on New Year’s Day, possibly by reaffirming your obeisance to the porcelain idol in your bathroom. OK, some of you might not have been hung over and spent the first day of the year writi...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 11:19am
  • Listen to Matt Andersen’s music, and you hear a deep, growling voice that could come from blues country in Chicago or the Mississippi Delta. There’s also a bit of Appalachia twang — Johnny Cash crossed with B.B. King. Backing his strong voice is Andersen’s equally powerful slide guitar. “Y...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 11:03am
  • On a howling New Year’s Eve night with snow and rain flying sideways, someone driving by Renn Tolman’s boat shop on Kachemak Drive might not know that inside his shop a full-on dance party rumbled. If not for a line of cars parked from Northern Enterprises Boat Yard for almost a half-mile to the...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 10:45am
  •   The bairdi tanner crab season in Kodiak and along the Alaska Peninsula continues its quota yo-yo this year with quotas either down or areas closed entirely when the season begins Jan. 15. On Kodiak Island, only two areas out of eight are open, the east side ...

    Thu, 12/27/2012 - 3:18pm
  • Oops. Santa Claus seems to have messed up the Betster’s Christmas wish list.  “A new snow shovel,” the Betster asked for. And what did Santa send? Snow. None of that scenic Currier & Ives stuff, either — we got the full onslaught, about 2 feet by Christmas morning. Fortunately, hard...

    Thu, 12/27/2012 - 3:13pm
  • Holy Santos Gang raising funds to record new album...

    Thu, 12/27/2012 - 2:47pm
  • When last we checked in with the musical career of Homer-grown musician Andrew Vait, Vait had these projects in mind: • Distinguish his solo career as an acoustic, alt-country-folk singer from that of his retro-rock band, Eternal Fair; • Produce an extended play album for Eternal Fair, “Eterna...

    Thu, 12/27/2012 - 2:46pm
  • The National Marine Fisheries Service added insult to injury to the halibut fleet, which is potentially facing another round of drastic cuts to the quotas, by increasing the cost recovery fee that covers fisheries enforcement as well as other expenses related to fi...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:42am
  • How can you find joy in a season when in a small New England town 26 families bury their loved ones? How do you find peace even in honoring a fine senator who lived a long and honest life of public service? Why is there evil in a world so full of good? How do you hope for light on the darkest day of...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:41am

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