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  • Construction started this month with dirt work at the Cosmopolitan oil development project near Mile 151 Sterling Highway north of Anchor Point. At meetings in Anchor Point, Homer and Ninilchik held last week, BlueCrest energy officials briefed lower Kenai Peninsula residents on a project that may b...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:37pm
  • Pebble Limited Partnership’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency will continue as a federal judge denied the agency’s motion to dismiss June 4. U.S. Alaska District Court Judge H. Russel Holland concluded that while the EPA may not have established the three “anti-mine” group...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:35pm
  • Homer Electric Association is requesting a rate change in its quarterly filings with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. In its filing, HEA is proposing to decrease the Cost of Power Adjustment, or COPA, from 7.846 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 7.784 cents per kWh. COPA reflects the cost of the ...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:34pm
  • JUNEAU — It’s a wrap for Alaska’s film tax credit program. Legislation repealing the program has been signed into law by Gov. Bill Walker. Walker, in a release, said he supports the film industry in Alaska but the state is facing unprecedented financial times. He says it’s hard to justify co...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:33pm
  • Peppered around the Central Kenai Peninsula are islands of housing units easily attained by low-income, first-time homebuyers. No down payment is required, and mortgage installments are less than the average rent. The only caveat — the buyers build the houses by hand....

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:32pm
  • ANCHORAGE — After months of negotiations, the Alaska Legislature on Thursday approved a $5 billion budget that reduces spending while tapping the state’s reserves to help with multibillion-dollar deficits brought on by low oil prices. The plan now goes to Gov. Bill Walker, whose administration h...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:29pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is projecting a deficit of $3 million for the upcoming school year, but that figure could have been significantly higher. When state lawmakers agreed on a budget deal on Thursday, the $5,880 per-student base student allocation remained unchanged for the 20...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:28pm
  • Because of high temperatures and low humidity, the National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning until 10 p.m. Monday for most of Southcentral Alaska, including the western Kenai Peninsula. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are imminent or occurring now or will ...

    Mon, 06/15/2015 - 2:58pm
  • In a press release this morning, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that because of a strong number of king salmon returning to the Anchor River, it is lifting restrictions previously placed on king salmon fishing in the Anchor River and nearby marine waters....

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 1:35pm
  • A drug prescribed to treat the symptoms of opiate withdrawal has started showing up in court reports as being abused. In two separate incidents late last month, Homer Police and Alaska State Troopers charged two people with crimes suspected to be related to abuse of Suboxone, the brand name of bupre...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:04am
  • An Anchorage man collapsed and later died on May 23 at a Ninilchik campground. According to an Alaska State Troopers press release, at about 9:20 p.m. troopers received a report that Henry Baldwin, 77, had collapsed and needed medical assistance. Ninilchik Emergency Medical Services medics responded...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:02am
  • For Sen. Lisa Murkowski, there aren’t many topics hotter than the Arctic these days, especially as the U.S. steps into the chairmanship role of the Arctic Council this year. Alaska’s senior senator spoke last week about why discussing Arctic issues should be a nationwide priority. The Arctic Cou...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:58am
  • ANCHORAGE — The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a federal appeals court decision that said coal falling into Resurrection Bay from the Alaska Railroad’s loading system in Seward violates the federal Clean Water Act....

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:56am
  • Because of issues with vehicle access to the Homer Middle School track, Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society fundraising and awareness event, has been moved to West Homer Elementary School.  The time and date have not changed. Relay for Life starts with opening ceremonies and a survivors...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:45am
  • After issuing a wanted poster on Monday for a Homer man charged in a June 4 Ninilchik Beach robbery, Alaska State Troopers have not yet caught Clarence S. Hock, 23. Troopers have arrested another man wanted in the robbery, Sean Carpenter, 25. Troopers apprehended Carpenter on Saturday at his Homer h...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:44am
  • About 100 people on land and sea last Friday afternoon protested the upcoming Northern Edge 2015, a joint military exercise running June 15-26 in the Gulf of Alaska. A flotilla of about a dozen boats from big seiners to a man in a kayak cruised off the Homer Spit while an enthusiastic group on shore...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:42am
  • People come to Homer every year to have some kind of vacation adventure. There is always something for the adventurous down at the Homer Farmers Market.  If you are an adventurous grower, go ahead and try some okra, pepper or tomatillo, even watermelon or cantaloupe starts for your greenhouse. ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:38am
  • Don’t be surprised to hear the haunting refrain of bagpipes as musicians gear up for the upcoming Kachemak Bay CeltFest at Karen Hornaday Park. On June 19-20, kilts, fiddles and Celtic heritage will abound as the Kachemak Bay Celtic Club puts on the two-day CeltFest and Highland Games.  ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:28am
  • According to local author Janet Klein who interviewed Dena’ina elder Peter Kalifornsky before his death in 1993, Dena’ina sea otter hunters used to gather at the base of the Spit prior to their hunt. ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:23am

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