• On a blustery winter day with the temperatures dropping into the teens, the wind blowing 30 and the sun setting before 6 p.m., Alaskans look south — way south — and imagine themselves strolling a Hawaiian beach. Though thousands of miles apart and distant in latitude, we of the 49th state have d...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 4:47pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District’s “Industry Outlook Forum” is coming to town, with a two-day event at Land’s End Resort on Jan. 31-Feb. 1. The forum’s theme is “Cook Inlet — Energy for All Alaska” and it is hosted by the KPEDD and the city of Homer. Usually held in ...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 4:44pm
  • By Dan Schwartz Morris News Service - Alaska Cyndi and Craig Ramm opened the Corner Café in Soldotna not long ago. They said they want to use more than 75 percent organic ingredients and, when possible, buy local produce. “We don’t want to support a big company out of ...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 4:42pm
  •  Beginning in February, South Peninsula Hospital will offer monthly diabetes and cholesterol clinics by Dr. Ross Tanner of the Diabetes and Lipid Clinic of Alaska. Tanner treats adult patients with diabetes, obesity, elevated blood pressure and complex cholesterol problems....

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 4:42pm
  • Dr. William Bell has been elected chief of staff for 2013 at South Peninsula Hospital. Bell is a family practice physician and the medical director of Homer Medical Center.  He has been on the hospital’s medical staff for more than 30 years, and replaces outgoing c...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 4:40pm
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing an overhaul of Alaska’s oil tax structure, saying his new plan is simpler and aimed at making the state more competitive while encouraging new production. The proposal, which was expected to be announced Wednesday, scraps the progressive ...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:08pm
  • JUNEAU — Alaska would face a budget deficit of $920 million if spending for next year matched that of the current year, a report released Monday states. The Legislative Finance Division report offers a sobering look at the state’s fiscal situation amid declining oil production ...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:08pm
  • Ten Upper Cook Inlet Task Force members met Monday to address the mountain of data generated since their last meeting, propose changes to salmon management plans and hear from local fishermen. The day began with a presentation on a draft escapement goal recommendation of 15,000 to ...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:06pm
  • By Brian Smith Morris News Service - Alaska SOLDOTNA — Recent action by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will result in Central Peninsula Hospital incorporating additional facilities and offering more services for physical therapy. The assembly’s thumbs-up reignited...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:05pm
  • By Jerzy Shedlock Morris News Service - Alaska Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus is set to become the most technologically advanced training facility in the university system. The new Career and Technical Education Center, scheduled to open in August, will hous...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:04pm

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