• Pink salmon fishing in Lower Cook Inlet could soon be revitalized as the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association finalized its purchase of the Port Graham Hatchery on Monday after nearly two years of planning, permitting and logistics. The facility has not been operational since 2007, when low returns of...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:51am
  • Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Begich said he remembers driving through the Kenai Peninsula five years ago, shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate, and noticing the economy here was not in the best of shape. In a return to the area, he shared some insight into his congressional activities then ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:43am
  • ANCHORAGE — Oral argument in the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance appeal of Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell’s decision to reject a proposed ballot initiative to ban setnetting will be held in Anchorage April 22. The alliance, or AFCA, wants to ask voters to ban setnets in urban parts of the state....

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:17am
  • An off-year pink cycle is expected to dramatically reduce the salmon harvest in 2014, down 47 percent from last year, according to the annual report detailing the 2014 state-wide salmon forecast and 2013 harvests and ex-vessel values. The projected harvest for this season is just under 133 million f...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:16am
  • ConocoPhillips is restarting its liquefied natural gas plant on the Kenai Peninsula and will resume shipments of LNG in May, the company announced Monday. Five shipments are planned this year, ConocoPhillips spokeswoman Amy Burnett said. The announcement came as the U.S. Department of Energy issued ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:15am
  • Beginning Friday, Homeric Traders is open for business from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The new business, which specializes in buying, selling and trading “the Alaskan Way,” is owned and operated by Ken Sprague and Nickie Knight of Homer. The store features “high quality, vintage,...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:36pm
  • The House Fisheries Committee held a short hearing on Gov. Sean Parnell’s appointees to the Board of Fisheries on Tuesday, and public testimony on the incumbents was mixed. Parnell appointed Sue Jeffrey of Kodiak, John Jensen of Petersburg and Reed Morisky of Fairbanks to the board April 2. The co...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:35pm
  • The Homer College, Career and Job Fair attracted between 150-200 people last Friday, according to Kim Frost, student and enrollment services coordinator for Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage. “There was great community participation and great participation...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:34pm
  • Kendra Bush-St. Louis has started work as the new environmental educator for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, with offices in the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. She takes the place of Lisa Matlock who left the refuge for other opportunities nearly two years ago. “Kendra will...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:18pm
  • Months of renovations and $2 million later, PRL Logistics Inc. CEO Ron Hyde said he expects to be open for business in Kenai in about a month. “As we’ve continued to watch Cook Inlet and seeing this surge in activity, it just really made sense to start making plans to support work down here for ...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:17pm

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