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  • Letting the experience of the past frame his vision for the future, Carrol Martin’s reasons to be elected as the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s next mayor are to prepare peninsula residents for the next disaster. “I think of the disasters that we need to plan to avoid,” said Martin. “One is tha...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:19pm
  • With a background that includes serving as mayor and law enforcement officer for the city of Soldotna, being pastor of a church and accumulating day-to-day lessons of life in general, Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor candidate Tom Bearup believes he has acquired “a lot of quality things over the year...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:18pm
  • Lower Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will consider a ballot question, Proposition C, that will expand the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area.  While the intent is clear, the actual expansion may confuse voters since it shifts the service area boundary into the ocean — an area with no...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:16pm
  • Two propositions on the Oct. 7 regular election ballot will gauge local opinion on two Kenai Peninsula Borough issues. Proposition A asks voters who live outside of cities to consider whether the borough should exercise limited animal control powers and if it should charge a property tax to pay for ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:16pm
  • A candidate for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 8-Homer, Kelly Cooper isn’t waiting until she’s elected to find out what’s going on in the borough. She’s already doing some homework. “When I got on the (South Peninsula) hospital board, I did that, too,” said Cooper, a SPH o...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:14pm
  • There are many home-bound lonely seniors and there are many frazzled families trying to juggle lives with their care. I took the Hospice training about 15 years ago and have primarily been active with their Visitor Program. A couple hours a week to provide respite or to sit with an interesting senio...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:13pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly moved smoothly and quickly through the agenda of its regular meeting held in Homer on Tuesday. The biggest attention-getter of the evening was assembly member Bill Smith, who represents District 8-Homer on the assembly. Having served on the assembly since 2007, t...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:12pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District   Chapman School Today: Soccer at Skyview, 4 p.m. Sept. 22: Soccer at Kenai, 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Sept. 24-26: Oceanography field trip, grades 5-8. ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:11pm
  • Most school open-house events are an opportunity for families to visit inside a school building and meet teachers. Flex School took it another step this year with a farm-to-table spin. “It was amazing. We’ve never seen anything like it,” said Principal Karen Wessel of the attention the event a...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:10pm
  • In his fourth year as principal of Chapman School, Conrad Woodhead wasn’t talking about the school’s address when he called it “one of the best kept secrets.” From its Anchor Point location beside the Sterling Highway, it would be hard to miss the K-8 school. Woodhead was referring to the sc...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:09pm
  • An alleged armed robbery at the Wagon Wheel on Ocean Drive last week wasn’t a robbery at all, but an inside job, Homer Police said in a criminal complaint filed at the Homer Court on Sept. 10. Police charged Tommy Lee Neal, 19, with third-degree theft and making a false report, both misdemeanors. ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:09pm
  • Tall, lanky and almost always smiling, Frank Vondersaar could be seen volunteering for nonprofits from the Salvation Army to the Pratt Museum. When campaign season rolled around, the name of Vondersaar, a tireless Alaska Democratic Party member, frequently could be seen on the ballot. Most recently ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:05pm
  • Soggy basketMavis Muller, with torch, prepares to light “Grow,” this year’s Burning Basket, Sunday night at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. Despite a steady drizzle, about 200 people showed up for the annual community art celebration.Now in its 11th year, Muller has coordinated building basket...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:45pm
  • Getting to Tuesday’s Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center candidate forum at Wasabi’s on East End Road past Kachemak Drive could be a metaphor for politics itself. Wasabi’s is in the construction zone, and like East Enders know, that means a long wait, trying to avoid getting splattere...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:39pm
  • Messages decorate the side of “Grow,” this year’s Burning Basket at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. The basket was burned at sundown on Sunday. Despite a steady drizzle, about 200 people showed up for the annual event. Artist Mavis Muller faciliated the community art project with help from vol...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:35pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — Questions have been raised about when the Legislature would get involved in approving a large-scale mine in the Bristol Bay region if a ballot initiative passes this November.The initiative says in addition to permits, a final authorization would be needed from the Legislature for an...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:25am
  • Furie Operating Alaska’s platform has arrived in Alaska from Texas.The platform was built in Ingleside, Texas, this summer. On June 4 it left Corpus Christi, Texas, traveled through the Gulf of Mexico, went through the Panama Canal, sailed north through the Pacific Ocean and arrived in Kachemak Ba...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:24am
  • Buccaneer Energy Ltd. and its family of subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in May, leaving millions worth of unpaid bills in Alaska.The Australia-based independent’s debt in the state is more than $2.1 million, according to a list of Buccaneer’s 30 largest unsecured creditors filed with the U.S. ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:22am
  • JUNEAU — BP Alaska, a major player in the state’s oil industry, on Monday announced plans to lay off 275 employees and direct contractors early next year.BP’s business in Alaska will be smaller because of the previously announced sale of its interests in four North Slope oil fields to Hilcorp,...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:19am
  • Marketing efforts for the Alaska LNG Project have formally started, passing another major milestone.State Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash accompanied BP officials to Asia on the first formal sales trip for the giant project earlier this month. “These were BP’s meetings. They set them u...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:17am

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