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  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration is suggesting staffing cuts, shifting to online curriculum and reducing the utility budget as a way to minimize expenses in 2016. The proposed savings are just more than $1.6 million, said Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones. He presented th...

    Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:54am
  • Just as things seemed to be going reasonably well for the large Alaska LNG Project, the $45 billion to $65 billion gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas initiative in which the state is a partner, Gov. Bill Walker may be throwing a wrench into the works. State legislators, and the state’s industr...

    Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:51am
  • United Fishermen of Alaska has released an updated comprehensive look at commercial fishing statewide with an interactive map detailing the specifics for the year 2013 for towns, boroughs and census areas from the Yukon-Koyukuk area to the western Aleutians. UFA details how Alaska...

    Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:45am
  • On the last day of 2012, the oil-drilling rig Kulluk ran aground on Sitkalidak Island near Kodiak. The weather was foul, the location remote, and the timing unfortunate. But responders had a new tool that let them scope out the weather, sea bottom, navigation threats, endangered environmental resour...

    Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:43am
  • On the last day of 2012, the oil-drilling rig Kulluk ran aground on Sitkalidak Island near Kodiak. The weather was foul, the location remote, and the timing unfortunate. But responders had a new tool that let them scope out the weather, sea bottom, navigation threats, endangered environmental resour...

    Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:38am
  • After the Homer City Council on March 3 made a conditional job offer for the job of city manager to Jeffrey Trinker, he withdrew himself from consideration on Friday. In a 5-1 vote, the council approved selecting Trinker for the city’s top post. The council also defeated 4-2 a motion to start fres...

    Fri, 03/06/2015 - 4:51pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District March 6: Inservice, no school. March 9-13: Spring break March 27: Early release day. April 6: School board meeting, Soldotna.  May 1: Early release day. ...

    Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:01pm
  • There was no doubt in Phil Gordon’s mind what he saw sticking out of the ground near the mouth of Diamond Creek on Jan. 4. It was the tip of a horn. “When I saw it, I thought, ‘Oh, I know you,’” said Gordon, who grew up on a farm and can give graphic firsthand accounts of dehorning cattle....

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:59pm
  • Razor clamming, the muddy, yet popular sport that attracts thousands of visiting and local outdoor enthusiasts to the lower Kenai Peninsula’s beaches each year, has been prohibited on the east side of Cook Inlet for the remainder of 2015. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the measur...

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:42pm
  • Advocates for early childhood learning programs picket on Pioneer Avenue outside the Legislative Information Office building on Tuesday. They protested budget cuts proposed by the House Finance Subcommittee that would eliminate Best Beginnings and cause the Homer Early Childhood Education Coalition ...

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:31pm
  • Up on Fireweed Avenue, a gravel road about 4 miles out of town off East Hill Road, varied thrushes can be heard singing, a spring call that sounds like old-style telephones. That’s early for this year, but Homer’s wacky weather also has led to the sound of ringing phones — the real kind — at...

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:29pm
  • Saying they liked his eloquence, communication skills and perspective on the Homer economy, the Homer City Council on Tuesday selected Jeffrey Trinker as city manager over Homer Public Works Director Carey Meyer. In a 5-1 tally, with Council member Bryan Zak voting no, the council voted to extend th...

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:28pm
  • Williwaw Marimba plays at its final performance at Marimba Madness last Saturday at the Homer Elks Lodge. From left to right are Lisa Olsen, Patrick Latimer, Jonas Noomah, Paul Trowbridge and Janette Latimer....

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:03pm
  • Eddie Wood, at a Bunnell Street Arts Center Artists in the Schools residency at Fireweed, directed Evelyn Sherwood and Ella Gustafson for a performance, Planet Drum, last Friday at Little Fireweed Academy. Other percussionists include Asik Wheeler Keagan Niebuhr, and Madelyn Madrid....

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:34pm
  • When I wake up, I get dressed and then I eat breakfast. After that I do my chores: feeding my pets, making my bed and cleaning my dishes.  When I start my schoolwork, I have lots of ways to make it more fun. I teach my little sister preschool and other things. I like doing school with my friend...

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:31pm
  • Kachemak Selo and other schools off the state road system make it challenging for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to provide education to the borough’s younger residents. Add to that a mixture of languages, religions, cultures and family situations and the challenges only increase. Tha...

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:30pm
  • The morning’s hush is disturbed only by the sound of a crow’s wings at it flies just beyond the edge of the bluff. The sun is still on the distant side of the Kenai Mountains, its light beginning to spread down the Fox River flats and across the surface of Kachemak Bay. The bay’s whispered sur...

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:25pm
  • A Kenai Peninsula resident known for his habitat advocacy has applied to be on Alaska’s Board of Fisheries. Robert Ruffner, outgoing founder and executive director of the Soldotna-based Kenai Watershed Forum, applied for the board in February....

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:06pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — A Senate committee has advanced legislation that would eliminate daylight saving time and allow for consideration of another time zone in Alaska. The bill would exempt Alaskans from advancing their clocks each spring. It would also direct the governor to ask the U.S. Department of Tr...

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:03pm
  • The experimental fishery to determine the feasibility of a seine fishery for pollock in state waters has finished up with mixed results. The Gulf of Alaska pollock workgroup held its final meeting last month to discuss adding a limited entry state pollock fishery to Alaska waters for both trawl and ...

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:02pm

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