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  • A record number of drill rigs were at work on the North Slope this winter. According to weekly working rig data compiled by Baker Hughes Inc., drilling reached a peak of 17 rigs during the week of Feb. 28, traditionally the busiest time for the North Slope. Baker Hughes, which has compiled national ...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:20pm
  • Several northern communities should see more vessel traffic and infrastructure work this summer as construction of a new submarine fiber optic network continues. Arctic Fibre is a Canadian entity building a new telecommunications network from Japan to Britain, with Anchorage company Quintillion part...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:18pm
  • A company that hopes to build underwater river turbines as a clean power alternative to diesel in Alaska villages has unveiled a prototype due to be tested in July. Ocean Renewable Power Co., based in Portland, Maine, showed off its RivGen Power System last week in Anchorage. The device built with b...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:16pm
  • In April, dozens of local citizens, businesses, non-profits and government agencies came together to participate in the Ninth Annual Electronics Recycling Event, a program of Cook Inletkeeper.  Electronic waste is the fastest growing segment of our nation’s waste stream. Electronics may be sa...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:15pm
  • Greetings from the Homer Chamber of Commerce. In May, we kicked off the 28th annual Jackpot Halibut Derby and want to remind you that when visiting friends and relatives ask if it’s “worth it” to spend $10 on a derby ticket, make sure you give a resounding “YES”!...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 4:14pm
  • The night before the last Market the wind howled and even snow fell, an abrupt reminder that this May was unseasonably warm and not to be taken for granted.  And though the day was brisk and windy down at the Homer Farmers Market, vendor booths were still stocked with lush greens, garlic and on...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:33pm
  • Buccaneer Energy, an independent Cook Inlet explorer with high hopes but skimpy resources, saw those hopes come crashing down May 31. The company filed for bankruptcy protection that day in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in south Texas. The company has been fighting a rear-guard action on finances almost s...

    Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:28pm
  • Alaska needs 7,500 trained, highly skilled oil and gas workers to meet industry demand by 2018, according to a new report produced by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development....

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:08pm
  • For a small town, Homer has a big reputation for its lively arts community, its bustling fishing industry and its plethora of diverse and tasty food options. Because of the variety of choices offered by its unique eateries, many view Homer as a foodie’s paradise. Between the cafes, taverns, buffet...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:59pm
  • The Market season has started. Last weekend was a flurry of activity, great warm weather (the smoke even cleared in the afternoon) and lots of produce, starts and crafts.   There were plenty of familiar and new things to take in. Everyone got to try out the new layout and see the familiar faces...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:54pm

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