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  • On Monday, as the price of West Texas crude oil dipped below $39 per barrel for the first time in six years, state revenue commissioner Randall Hoffbeck told the Alaska House Finance Committee that the decline is exacerbating the state’s budget problems. The state’s budget is based on an average...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:40am
  • At last week’s Zucchini Festival, Dave Aplin gave a sincere moment of gratitude to the main sponsors of the Homer Farmers Market: The Sun and The Precipitation.  Then, he warned the audience of the upcoming thrills and spills of the Zucchini Races. Then, he introduced the Zucchini Queenie, Be...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:36am
  • Alaska’s agriculture industry has one of the highest rates of direct-to-consumer sales in the nation. Increasingly, producers are taking advantage of farmers markets and word-of-mouth marketing to move surplus produce off of small farms and onto local tables without any middlemen....

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:34am
  • KETCHIKAN — The boat race that challenged contestants to sail, paddle or pedal their vessels from Washington to Alaska will return next year. This summer’s Race to Alaska was a simple concept: teams raced the 750 miles from Port Townsend, Wash., to Ketchikan for a $10,000 first-place prize, repo...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:08am
  • Revisions to targeted operations are cutting costs for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The pools, warehouse, transportation and Student Nutritional Service departments have been reorganized, including the elimination of one position, to reduce spending. The changes, most of which took e...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:53am
  • As its own sponsors recommended, the Homer City Council on Monday in a unanimous vote defeated a controversial ordinance that would have severely restricted motorized vehicle use on city beaches. “I think there is a solution that can better serve Homer,” council member Catriona Reynolds said in ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:43am
  • A sentencing hearing in the case of convicted murderer Demarqus Green that had been scheduled for Aug. 24 has been rescheduled for next month. Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran conducts a sentencing hearing for Green, 23, at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Homer Courthouse. ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:37am
  • Sitting in the yard at Desperate Marine, it’s clear that the wooden sailing vessel Indomita needs a little paint and elbow grease.  Wanting to see her restored to her former glory, the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society, or KBWBS, is working hard to make sure she is seaworthy once again.  ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:27am
  • The state project shoring up the huge coastal erosion feature north of Anchor Point is wrapping up this week. This aerial image from Aug. 13 shows the sloping fill installed by contractor QAP and the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) at Sterling Highway Mi...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:22am
  • A series of unusual ocean events in Kachemak Bay, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest has scientists wondering if warming oceans are causing everything from harmful algal blooms to seabird die-offs. So far, though, marine biologists have not yet made a direct connection between all these incidents: •...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:18am

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