• Steve Veldstra is and isn’t new to Wagon Wheel.  He is in the sense that he and his wife, Stacey, and their six children, bought the garden and pet supply business from Barbara Walker in May.  He isn’t in the sense that he worked for Walker at Wagon Wheel from 1984 to 1997. He is quick...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:56am
  • Bristol Bay is expecting another whopping sockeye salmon run, the third consecutive year of above-average harvests. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists predict that 46.5 million sockeye will return to area rivers, meaning a commercial harvest of around 30 million. The fore...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:52am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker’s administration is preparing to roll out the most radical change to the state’s annual budgeting process since the creation of the Alaska Permanent Fund in 1976. Lawmakers on Oct. 28 were briefed on a budget plan that redirects almost all of the state’s oil revenue...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:52am
  • The Healthcare Task Force zeroed in on the hospitals at its meeting last week. At its third meeting, the Healthcare Task Force heard from the representatives of Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board and the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board about their roles in hospital...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 9:43am
  • The board of directors for the Homer Farmers Market announced this week it has received an award of $81,345 in USDA funding through the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Farmers Market Promotion Program.  The Homer market is one of 164 projects funded this year around the nation through this p...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 9:41am
  • The empty building that once buzzed with Alaska Wild Berry Products jam-, jelly- and candy-making energy was humming last Saturday.  Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., customers browsed, shopped and visited with 24 farmers, artists, crafters, cooks, beverage-makers and musicians participating in openi...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 9:40am
  • The numbers are in and Upper Cook Inlet salmon fishermen have been griping about their season for a reason. The total harvest of 3.1 million salmon was 15 percent less than the most recent 10-year average, and the ex-vessel value of around $24 million was 20 percent below the previo...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 9:36am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — Business and industry groups have appealed a state agency decision to grant a water reservation to conservationists who want to protect fish from the potential development of a coal mine in southcentral Alaska. Earlier this month, the Department of Natural Resources’ Water Resource...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 9:35am
  • JUNEAU — The deadliest catch is getting a lot less deadly. Earlier this month, the U.S. Coast Guard reported to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council that for the first time in known history, no one died on the job while commercial fishing in Alaska during the last federal fiscal year, whic...

    Thu, 10/22/2015 - 9:50am
  • On Oct. 15, in the last of several membership meetings around the Kenai Peninsula, representatives from Homer Electric Association went over the current state of its rates and policies as well as upcoming developments....

    Thu, 10/22/2015 - 9:49am

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