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  •   The Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fish and Game on Wednesday restored $175,000 in operating funds for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. The budget now goes to the Senate Finance Committee. That committee holds hearings today at 4 p.m. at the Homer Legislative Information Office on the Opera...

    Thu, 03/20/2014 - 3:29pm
  • I wrote this song, Water and Oil Don't Mix, (watch video below) for the approaching 25th year anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster. With my daughters help I decided to put together a slide show to accompany this song in remembrance of this sad event that holds a place in our A...

    Thu, 03/20/2014 - 1:46pm
  • Planning on taking advantage of Cook Inlet’s minus tides to fill the freezer with razor clams? Already pinpointed the -4.1 tide on May 16 as a time to pack up the family and join the shovel-toting, bucket-carrying crowd on the beach in front of Ninilchik?   Better change your plans....

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:42pm
  • On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound —  “fetched up,” in the words of its captain, Joe Hazelwood.   After 8,700 oil tanker transits through the sound since the first tanker loaded in 1977, Alaskans had become complacent — some of them. Just the...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:41pm
  • Celebrating its 21st year, the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament is all set for Saturday, with hooks in the water at 9 a.m., out of the water by 4 p.m. and fish weighed at the Coal Point tournament headquarters on the Spit by 6 p.m. “We’re really excited that it’s going to be a great event,...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:26pm
  • Dear USPS employee,  I am sorry if I upset you. I just came in to mail some very important packages today. I don’t mean to offend you by bringing you my packages, but I have been a loyal customer of the USPS for many years, and you have just treated me like I am public enemy number one. I wou...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:19pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound on March 29, 1989, some have commemorated Alaska’s biggest human-made, technological disaster with a look at how oil spill response has improved — more skim...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:18pm
  • By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer As word spread that the belly of the Exxon Valdez, a tanker carrying Alaska oil from Valdez to Long Beach, Calif., had been ripped open and its contents were pouring into Prince William Sound, Homer-area residents were filled with an urgen...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:17pm
  • In two separate cases and in the same week last month, two lower Kenai Peninsula men have been charged with felony assault under a “three strikes” provision of Alaska’s assault law.  Jamie L. Mosquito, 24, Port Graham, and Kenneth W. Kvasnikoff, 43, Ninilchik, both were charged with third...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:50pm
  • “Winging it is not an emergency plan,” is the theme of a current Federal Emergency Management Agency campaign. Sadly, national statistics indicate less than 20 percent of households are prepared for emergencies. March 27, 1964 is proof that disasters happen and in a big way in Alaska....

    Mon, 03/17/2014 - 4:52pm

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