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  • The Alaska Marine Highway System, or AMHS, recently announced the release of its 2015-16 winter schedule. Reservations are now available for booking at FerryAlaska.com, by calling 1-800-642-0066 or visiting ferry terminal staff throughout the system. Coinciding with release of the winter schedule, A...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:59am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted on Tuesday to move forward with issuing more than $3 million in bonds to fund a Central Peninsula Hospital project. The bonds, which were originally proposed to fund medical equipment purchases for the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, will be extende...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:58am
  • Alaska’s forthcoming cannabis regulations might stop homegrown bud businesses from seeing a dime from the hot-ticket marijuana investment scene developing in the Lower 48. Outside investment raises both industry and regulatory hackles in the Alaska cannabis scene, either as the surefire road to a ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:55am
  • ANCHORAGE — The president of Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday that exploratory drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days. In an interview with The Associated Press, Marvin Odum said he expects further ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:52am
  • ANCHORAGE — The White House on Tuesday praised the decision by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to thousands of residents over the wishes of the Republican-led Legislature, calling it the “right decision.” Alaska on Tuesday became the 29th state to expand Medicaid, opening up health ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:50am
  • The Alaska Division of Insurance has approved significant 2016 health insurance rate increases for individual and family policies issued by two companies selling health coverage. A much smaller increase of 4 percent was approved for policies covering small groups of 50 to 250. For the individual and...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:49am
  • Labor Day weekend is upon us and the chill in the air is right on time.  It is always at this time of the year that the mountains remind us of the fleeting character of summer with their termination dust.  This weekend is definitely one of the best showcases for the Homer Farmers Market we...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:48am
  • The impact of plummeting oil prices is finally hitting Alaska’s oilpatch. ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. said Tuesday it will cut about 10 percent of its 1,200 Alaska employees....

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:48am
  • If you lived in the woods on the Kenai Peninsula in the 1990s, you may not want to read this article. Those were the years when the spruce bark beetle outbreak killed most of the mature spruce forest on the Kenai, some 3.5 million acres.  Living out Homer’s East End Road, my wife and I spent ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:41am
  • Though President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to Alaska this week didn’t bring him to the lower Kenai Peninsula, he got a scent of Homer when local flower grower Alaska Perfect Peony was picked to provide the official presidential bouquet at his Anchorage hotel, the Captain Cook. “It was pre...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:38am

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Lupin bloom at the head of the bay