• JUNEAU — President Barack Obama has proposed $1 million in funding and a change in scope for the office of federal coordinator of Alaska natural gas projects. But the proposal, for the budget year starting Oct. 1, doesn’t change plans for the office to close around the end of this month, federal...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:13pm
  • If tickets could be sold to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s hearings in March on the Interior Department’s annual appropriation, it would be a sell-out crowd as Secretary Sally Jewell is sure to come in for a roasting....

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:10pm
  • The fight over Kenai Loop natural gas appears to be over. Attorneys for all four parties currently involved in the dispute — Cook Inlet Region Inc., the Alaska Mental Health Land Trust Authority, the Department of Natural Resources, and AIX Energy LLC — signed a joint request for dismissal Jan. ...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:10pm
  • At its December meeting, South Peninsula Hospital Inc. Board of Directors welcomed Barbara Howard and Caroline Venuti as newly appointed members to the board. Howard served on the Homer City Council from 2008-2014, was a member of the hospital board from 2007-2009 and was on the hospital’s elected...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:08pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital and South Peninsula Behavioral Health welcome Donna Rollins, a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in children, adolescents and young adults. Rollins received her nurse practitioner degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and mo...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:07pm
  • Shawnie Olson of Homer was recently presented with the President’s Award by Dr. Susan Hammonds-White, president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards, AASCB announced in a Jan. 20 press release. ...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:06pm
  • A new community group has some tiny ideas that aim to make a big impact for the disadvantaged. Soldotna resident Krista Schooley, a homeless advocate, started The Habitation — Tiny House Community for the Homeless. The concept is to create a low-cost, self-build and self-sustaining community for a...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:19pm
  • ANCHORAGE – PR News has named Jennifer Thompson, president and CEO of Thompson & Co. Public Relations, to its first-ever list of Top Women in PR. Thompson graduated from Homer High School in 1988 and left soon after for college. Her father was Jack Walsh, the art and pottery teacher at Homer H...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:18pm
  • JUNEAU — State Revenue department officials told lawmakers Monday that the tax credits that were a source of contention in an opinion piece by Gov. Bill Walker are being paid primarily to small explorers or those developing new oil and gas fields in Alaska....

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:17pm
  • After 18 years as the executive director of the Kenai Watershed Forum, Robert Ruffner announced Friday that he will be stepping down. “It was not an easy decision to leave,” Ruffner said. “This is something I have struggled with for a while.” Ruffner said he is not going to rush the exit pro...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:17pm

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