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  • Tall, lanky and almost always smiling, Frank Vondersaar could be seen volunteering for nonprofits from the Salvation Army to the Pratt Museum. When campaign season rolled around, the name of Vondersaar, a tireless Alaska Democratic Party member, frequently could be seen on the ballot. Most recently ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:05pm
  • Soggy basketMavis Muller, with torch, prepares to light “Grow,” this year’s Burning Basket, Sunday night at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. Despite a steady drizzle, about 200 people showed up for the annual community art celebration.Now in its 11th year, Muller has coordinated building basket...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:45pm
  • Getting to Tuesday’s Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center candidate forum at Wasabi’s on East End Road past Kachemak Drive could be a metaphor for politics itself. Wasabi’s is in the construction zone, and like East Enders know, that means a long wait, trying to avoid getting splattere...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:39pm
  • Messages decorate the side of “Grow,” this year’s Burning Basket at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. The basket was burned at sundown on Sunday. Despite a steady drizzle, about 200 people showed up for the annual event. Artist Mavis Muller faciliated the community art project with help from vol...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:35pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — Questions have been raised about when the Legislature would get involved in approving a large-scale mine in the Bristol Bay region if a ballot initiative passes this November.The initiative says in addition to permits, a final authorization would be needed from the Legislature for an...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:25pm
  • Furie Operating Alaska’s platform has arrived in Alaska from Texas.The platform was built in Ingleside, Texas, this summer. On June 4 it left Corpus Christi, Texas, traveled through the Gulf of Mexico, went through the Panama Canal, sailed north through the Pacific Ocean and arrived in Kachemak Ba...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:24pm
  • Buccaneer Energy Ltd. and its family of subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in May, leaving millions worth of unpaid bills in Alaska.The Australia-based independent’s debt in the state is more than $2.1 million, according to a list of Buccaneer’s 30 largest unsecured creditors filed with the U.S. ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:22pm
  • JUNEAU — BP Alaska, a major player in the state’s oil industry, on Monday announced plans to lay off 275 employees and direct contractors early next year.BP’s business in Alaska will be smaller because of the previously announced sale of its interests in four North Slope oil fields to Hilcorp,...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:19pm
  • Marketing efforts for the Alaska LNG Project have formally started, passing another major milestone.State Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash accompanied BP officials to Asia on the first formal sales trip for the giant project earlier this month. “These were BP’s meetings. They set them u...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:17pm
  • Moving alongA project to replace floats in the Homer harbor is right on schedule, according to Homer Harbormaster Brian Hawkins. With A float being worked on, and float I removed, floats F, G and H temporarily are islands. “The crews are working seven days a week and at least 10 hours a day. They ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:13pm

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