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  • Anna Frost has joined the Homer News staff as a reporter and photographer.  Frost moved to Homer from Whittier, Calif., where she studied journalism with an emphasis in writing and publishing at Biola University. She completed her major courses in December and, with only a few general education...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:34am
  • Despite the scanty state spending expected in 2016, this year’s state capital budget may provide funding for long-deferred upgrades to Kenai’s wastewater treatment plant. Built in 1981, Kenai’s wastewater plant discharges into Cook Inlet from an outlet in the Kenai beach mudflats. The ammonia ...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:32am
  • JUNEAU — The president and CEO of the Alaska Aerospace Corp. said Monday that the board of the state-owned corporation has recommended it pursue becoming a private company. Craig Campbell said the recommendation has been delivered to Gov. Bill Walker, who has not yet said how he would like to proc...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:31am
  • With the Alaska legislative session beginning Jan. 19, many residents are holding their breath to see how legislators will address the budget concerns. About a third of Alaskans wants the governor and Legislature to address the economy, and another third are looking for discussion on the budget and ...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:30am
  • Those cushy state jobs are going to be a little harder to come by after Gov. Bill Walker’s administration instituted a state hiring freeze and travel restrictions Jan. 5 for all executive branch departments. Walker said during a press briefing that measures mostly already in place to restrict hiri...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:29am
  • What a long, strange trip it’s been — and that was only year one. In his first year in office, Gov. Bill Walker faced unprecedented state budget deficits; an obstinate Legislature, which would eventually sue him; an historic presidential visit; and an oh so precarious state economy, all the whil...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:28am
  • Homer Electric Association decreased its rates starting Jan. 1, while an unresolved proposal that may raise them remains suspended until July. The cost of power adjustment price that HEA members pay for a kilowatt-hour of electricity was about 7 cents. On Jan. 1 it dropped to about 6 cents. For a me...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:27am
  • Oil prices continue to lurk at less than $40 per barrel, and despite hope for a legislative salve, Standard & Poor’s is lowering the state’s debt rating.  S&P lowered Alaska’s general obligation debt from AAA status to AA+ and lowered the state’s appropriation-backed debt and Al...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:25am
  • When the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales strand, it can be a guessing game as to how many and how old they are. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will soon have a little help monitoring them. The agency will use an unmanned aircraft system, also known as a drone, during strandi...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:33am
  • ANCHORAGE — Alaska Inuit hunter John Goodwin for decades has hunted ugruk, the bearded seal, a marine mammal prized for its meat, oil and hide. The largest of Alaska’s ice seals uses sea ice to rest and birth pups, and after the long winter, when ice breaks into floes, there’s a window of oppo...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:29am

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