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  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough last week introduced an ordinance to increase the number of its employees in the 911-call center as a way to save money. The move, once negotiations with the state are complete, would allow the borough to take up to eight employees — six dispatchers and two supervisors ...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 1:10pm
  • Greetings from the helm of your Homer Chamber of Commerce. As I get to understand better the workings of this organization, the balancing of our finances has made me acutely aware of just how vital our fundraising programs are: They are the fuel that makes the chamber run. I never understood, for ex...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 1:06pm
  • Did you know that it would take 1.9 United States of Americas a year to develop enough resources for one United States of America?  We consume more than we produce. When we reach that point where we are consuming more than we produce or regenerate we have reached “Overshoot Day.”  In 2...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 12:48pm
  • Sportfishing and charter halibut representatives have acknowledged that implementation of the new halibut catch sharing plan would not necessarily mean guided anglers in Southcentral Alaska face a one fish bag limit. That’s good news for anglers — and a marked change from the guide industry’s ...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 12:23pm
  • The Alaska Small Business Development Center offers three different workshops Sept. 16 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. • A presentation on the SBA HUBZone program will be from 10 a.m to noon. Free. Register online by Sept. 6. • A presentation on the SBA 8(A) program will be ...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:46pm
  • The Seldovia Bay Ferry has announced an indefinite extension of its fourth season providing round trips between Seldovia and Homer twice a day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  The extended service schedule begins Friday. The extension comes following the extended absence of the Alaska Marin...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:45pm
  • Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic received a $65,000 Health Information Technology Grant from the Office of Population Affairs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The grant will be used for the purchase, implementation, staff training and integration support of a software s...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:45pm
  • JUNEAU — An initiative to increase Alaska’s minimum wage yearly to keep up with inflation has at least 12,000 signatures, petition sponsor Ed Flanagan said. Flanagan, a former state labor commissioner, is sponsoring the initiative along with Tom Cashen and Jim Sampson. Both Cashen and Sampson al...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:43pm
  • Bycatch in Alaska’s commercial fisheries is a touchy subject. Discussions at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council about capping bycatch for salmon and halibut in various federal fisheries over the past few years have been contentious. Declining returns of king salmon in rivers throughout...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:42pm
  • While much of the Lower 48 is still recovering from a devastating recession, Alaska’s economy remains stable, and our employment numbers are strong. Alaska’s unemployment rate for 2012 was 1.1 percent below the national average.  In fact, Alaska’s unemployment rate has been below the nati...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:40pm

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