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  • The following Kenai Peninsula Borough School District faculty have resigned or retired from schools on the southern peninsula. The effective date was at the close of the 2013-2014 school year, unless otherwise noted: Benjamin Alexander, special education resource teacher, Homer High...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:16pm
  • It isn’t only students, moving from one grade to another, whose lives are changing with the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Retirements and resignations are resulting in 96 vacated faculty positions in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Twenty-six of those positions are on the southern...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:15pm
  • Members of the American Legion Post 16 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Anchor Point Post, hold the colors during Memorial Day ceremonies at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery on Diamond Ridge. About 60 people attended the brief service to honor America’s war dead. Services also were held in Anchor Poin...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:13pm
  • After several days of fighting to keep the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire from burning homes in communities along the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road, a light rain fell on the windy, dry Kenai Peninsula Tuesday and Wednesday, showering evacuees who were told they could return home....

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:11pm
  • ConnectionsMay 22 — Soldotna High SchoolJessie AlwardKiana AndersonAdriane AppelhanzAnthony AppelhanzThomas BlaineMolly BowenAbigail BrantCassandra BurkhardtWeston ClassenDavid CoeBrittany CraigNikole EusticeBrennan EvartsLeia FusonChaela HiltsAlex JantziJessica JonesAlex KnudtsonMarina KuznetsovV...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:50pm
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    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:49pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School DistrictThrough today: Leadership academy, Kenai Central High School, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.May 30: Effective instruction, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers, Soldotna, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 2: School board policy committee meeting, 12:30-2 p.m.June 2: School board...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:47pm
  • Jonathan Richar of Trapper Creek graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Graduate School of Fisheries and Ocean Science in Juneau, with a doctorate in fisheries on May 4. During the past two years, Richar did volunteer work with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and the Pratt Museum in Hom...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:45pm
  • Deonisy Konev, a 2009 graduate of Kachemak Selo, has been awarded the 2014 Homer Marine Trades Scholarship of $1,000. The scholarship is open to current or prior year high school graduates pursuing vocational education and training. Konev attended Kachemak Bay Campus for two years and is 12 credits ...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:44pm
  • The following scholarships were awarded to Homer High School graduating seniors. The amount totaled more than $1.6 million. Individual amounts were not available.University of Alaska Scholars: Hannah Baird, Katherine Dolma, Maggie Koplin; Mattea Peters, Brian Rowe, Elsa Simmons, Cassidy Soistman, Jo...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:38pm
  • When a high school graduating class has a total of three students, an impressive ranking is guaranteed. That was a point Ninilchik teacher Bryan Hickey made for Ninilchik graduates Robert Delgado, Jessica Rogers and Matthew Thorne during Hickey’s May 21 high school commencement address.“Coming f...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:34pm
  • Alaska needs 7,500 trained, highly skilled oil and gas workers to meet industry demand by 2018, according to a new report produced by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development....

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:08pm
  • For a small town, Homer has a big reputation for its lively arts community, its bustling fishing industry and its plethora of diverse and tasty food options. Because of the variety of choices offered by its unique eateries, many view Homer as a foodie’s paradise. Between the cafes, taverns, buffet...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:59pm
  • The Market season has started. Last weekend was a flurry of activity, great warm weather (the smoke even cleared in the afternoon) and lots of produce, starts and crafts.   There were plenty of familiar and new things to take in. Everyone got to try out the new layout and see the familiar faces...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:54pm
  • The Pebble Limited Partnership took the Environmental Protection Agency to court May 21 and claimed the agency is illegally overstepping its bounds by attempting to block a mine before the permitting process begins. In a statement released in conjunction with Pebble’s complaint filed in U.S. Distr...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:52pm
  • The evacuation of Funny River Road has been lifted as of 9 a.m. Tuesday. The evacuation advisory for residents on Kenai Keys Road and Feuding Lane has also been lifted Tuesday morning, said Brenda Ahlberg with the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The Red Cross shelters set up at Redoubt Elementary School an...

    Tue, 05/27/2014 - 4:13pm
  • With just a few minutes notice, families in Funny River were evacuated Sunday afternoon as firefighters fought to contain the 156,041 acre wildfire that lit several hot spots inside of a fire break between the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and more than 1,000 residents.As flames encroached, the rea...

    Mon, 05/26/2014 - 10:26am
  • Effective immediately and continuing until further notice, Alaska State Forester John “Chris” Maisch has prohibited all cooking, warming, signaling fires or any type of fire, on federal, state, private and municipal lands on the Kenai Peninsula Game Management Units 7 and 15. This includes the e...

    Fri, 05/23/2014 - 2:57pm
  • In response to current extreme fire danger on the Kenai Peninsula, effective immediately and until further notice, all open fires are prohibited in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Peninsula State Parks and Chugach National Forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula. This includes any and all camp...

    Fri, 05/23/2014 - 2:10pm
  • Firefighters have kept the wind-driven Tyonek fire on Cook Inlet’s west side away from the Beluga gas field and Chugach Electric Association’s Beluga power plant so far. The fire reached within two to three miles of gas and power facilities but as of Thursday afternoon, a firebreak built by fire...

    Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:45pm

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