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  • Happy New Year, fellow residents. The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center was closed for two weeks over the holidays but I was in the office quite a bit, staying ahead of the work I knew would pile up, and getting those things done that could not wait for my “holiday” to be over. This ...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:42pm
  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission kicked off its 2014 annual meeting on Monday with newly reappointed commissioner Jim Balsinger acknowledging the concern and anxiety surrounding halibut stocks. “The biggest concern of course is the status of Pacific halibut,” he said. “To put it in...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:40pm
  • The Homer City Council waded into statewide fisheries politics at its Monday night meeting, but it got a lot of support from the Homer salmon drift gillnet fleet to do so. In a unanimous vote, the council passed a resolution urging — “strongly” urging after an amendment — the Board of Fish t...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:37pm
  • Editor’s note: This is the 10th and final part of the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”   King salmon are the lynchpin of the Cook Inlet fishery. Other runs of other salmon species are far more abundant, but the health of king ...

    Wed, 01/08/2014 - 2:46pm
  • With the expected growth of the U.S. economy and continued weakness in many other parts of the world, 2014 looks to be a rough year for seafood traders whose fortunes are tied to foreign currencies, according to a story by John Sackton at Seafoodnews.com.  For importers, a strong dollar is posi...

    Wed, 01/08/2014 - 2:35pm
  • An initiative proposing a ban on setnets in certain parts of the state was rejected Monday as a “prohibited appropriation” under the advice of Alaska’s Department of Law. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell announced Monday afternoon that the proposed initiative would not appear on the ballot. The Departm...

    Wed, 01/08/2014 - 2:33pm
  • Buccaneer Energy “has done a little reshaping, streamlining operations,” Jay Morakis of JMR Worldwide and the media contact for the company told the Homer News late last month.  One result of the changes is that Christina Anderson, formerly Buccaneer’s environmental and stakeholder relati...

    Tue, 12/31/2013 - 5:28pm
  • JUNEAU — News that Alaska has been chosen as a test site for the integration of drones into U.S. airspace is being welcomed by state political leaders. U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, said the initiative will bring jobs, resources and a new mission to the University of Alaska system. It also will...

    Tue, 12/31/2013 - 5:26pm
  • Editor’s note: This is the ninth in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.” Alaska’s long-lived monarch — the king salmon — has fallen from its throne. The species, which once thrived as a fabled ruler in state waters, was sought by fish...

    Tue, 12/31/2013 - 5:25pm
  • NOAA is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. President Nixon signed the ESA into law on Dec. 28, 1973. Congress understood that, without protection from human actions, many of our nation’s living resources would become extinct, according to NOAA. There a...

    Tue, 12/31/2013 - 3:26pm

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