• Soldotna residents will soon have the chance to weigh in on whether the city brings back its year-round grocery tax. The Soldotna City Council introduced an ordinance at its Oct. 12 meeting that would amend city code to restore the year-round tax on nonprepared food items, also known as the grocery ...

    Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:56am
  • The number of Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission members will decrease to 11, but not until 2020. After initially voting it down, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly resurrected and passed an ordinance that revised the apportionment for Planning Commission membership at its Tuesday meeting...

    Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:56am
  • Homer Electric Association officials, including board members, have been holding member outreach meetings on the Kenai Peninsula seeking support for what it calls “local control” — removing HEA from regulation by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. But HEA also wants members to make an inform...

    Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:55am
  • Once again, the 2016 Upper Cook Inlet salmon season fell far short of expectations. The 2016 commercial harvest of around 3 million salmon was 12 percent less than the most recent 10-year average harvest of 3.5 million salmon of all species, but even lower for sockeyes. The dollar value was also low...

    Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:55am
  • On the morning of Oct. 18, 1966, Emil Notti, an Athabascan born in Koyukuk, called the first gathering of the Alaska Federation of Natives to order. Almost exactly five decades later, he is slated to give the keynote speech today at the 50th annual convention in Fairbanks. “No, it does not feel li...

    Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:11am
  • Later this month, Kenai Peninsula residents will get a chance to air their concerns to the state Board of Fisheries in Soldotna. The Board of Fisheries will host a work session from Oct. 18-20 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, with an informational session held on Oct. 17 at 3 p.m...

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 3:30pm
  • The Homer Electric Association board of directors at a meeting last Wednesday appointed Homer resident Jim Levine to fill the vacant seat on the board in District 3, representing Kasilof south to Kachemak Bay areas, HEA director of member relations Bruce Shelley said in a press release on Friday. Th...

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 3:30pm
  • Caelus Energy announced Tuesday that it is sitting on 6 billion barrels of oil on the western North Slope, a prospect CEO Jim Musselman said he expects will continue to grow. The prospect is Smith Bay, a remote inlet of state-owned water more than 100 miles west of current Slope infrastructure. Muss...

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 3:17pm
  • Scotts Family Pharmacy makes its debut in Homer with its soft opening on Thursday, Oct. 6, and plans to offer services currently unavailable elsewhere. “(Nathan Scott) had an idea he wanted to bring to Homer,” said Gina Scott, Nathan’s wife and business partner. “Customer service is very imp...

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 2:08pm
  • After the well-publicized court win by commercial fishing groups requiring the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to work with the state to establish a Fisheries Management Plan for salmon fisheries that take place largely in federal waters complying with the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the question...

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 2:08pm

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