• ANCHORAGE — Marine surveying will start again this summer near Alaska’s coastal communities in a wide-reaching effort to improve communications by laying a $700 million fiber-optic cable linking Europe and Asia through the Arctic Ocean. The Alaska Dispatch News reports lingering sea ice in Canad...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:34am
  • ‘Get To Know Homer’ training set for May 20 The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will host the annual “Get to Know Homer” summer tourist season kick-off training on Wednesday, May 20, at the chamber. ...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:33am
  • After two days of meetings in Kenai City Hall between Kenai administrators and regional and national officials from the Army Corps of Engineers, the two parties presented an agreement to share the cost of a study crucial to a collaboration between Kenai and the Corps to halt bluff erosion....

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:31am
  • Bidding was modest in the state’s annual Cook Inlet areawide lease sale held May 7, a symptom of low crude oil prices and a limited regional market for natural gas. The state Division of Oil and Gas auctioned seven oil and gas leases May 7 to three companies. Hilcorp Energy LLC and AIX Energy LLC,...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:30am
  • The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority has given approval for a $30-million financing package that will allow BlueCrest Energy to begin drilling and development at its Cosmopolitan offshore oil project in Cook Inlet. BlueCrest will have construction of onshore facilities under way in...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:28am
  • Congressman Don Young, never a friend to environmentalists but never before a foe of fishermen, is coming under fire for his proposed changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the primary tool used to manage federal fisheries....

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:22am
  • Homer Electric Association customers should see rates stabilize in the near future, general manager Bradley Janorschke said at HEA’s annual meeting last Thursday in Homer High School’s Mariner Theatre. “The good news is I honestly think things are stabilized,” he said at a presentation at th...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:20am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education unanimously approved Sean Dusek’s three-year superintendent of schools contract Monday evening. The contract includes a $140,000 starting salary for the first year, which includes 260 work days, and will increase in steps....

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:32pm
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will host the annual “Get to Know Homer” summer tourist season kick-off training on Wednesday, May 20, at the chamber.  This free program is geared to frontline staff to get acquainted with Homer and the surrounding area, but everyone interes...

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:32pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker has yet another appointment to make to a shorthanded Board of Fisheries, and this time the Legislature won’t be in the equation. After the second of his two board nominations failed to replace resigned chairman Karl Johnstone, Walker will have to appoint a new name from a long lis...

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:31pm

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