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  • PALMER — The state is seeking out a new owner for the only federally approved slaughterhouse in southcentral Alaska, as funding for the facility could run out this year due to legislative budget cuts. The state Board of Agriculture and Conservation has issued a request for proposals to lease and o...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:57am
  • Governance at Soldotna’s Central Peninsula Hospital will go directly to the hospital’s operating board and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly....

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:54am
  • Facing decreased revenue from the state, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has proposed merging the Capital Projects Department with its Purchasing and Contracting Department. The Capital Projects Department handles capital improvement projects in the borough, such as roofing a school or repairing a water...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:52am
  • Don Stead will realize his dream of owning a brewery with his wife Sherry when Grace Ridge Brewing opens up for business for the first time this Friday. Local artist Jen Depesa’s artwork will be displayed in the brewery, with a second-Friday show on May 13 at 6 p.m. Over the Shorebird weekend — ...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:47am
  • Issues discussed in Homer Electric Association’s annual members meeting, held May 4 at Kenai Central High School, include what the electric cooperative is doing to reduce the electric bills of its members, a proposal to withdraw from regulation by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska — a state ut...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:40am
  • The only company to drill an exploratory oil well in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea following a 2008 federal lease sale confirmed May 10 it has relinquished nearly all of its leases. Royal Dutch Shell PLC formally relinquished all but one of its leases in the waters off Alaska’s northwest coast, spokesman...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:39am
  • Homer residents brought 305 bags of trash and 39 bags of recyclables to the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center for Clean-Up Day on Saturday, according to a press release from the chamber. The chamber gave away eight prizes for winners in the group, individual, most recyclables and family c...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 9:44am
  • The number of teenage parents in Alaska is continuing its downward trend. Nationwide, the birth rate among teenage women 15-19 years old has declined dramatically since 1991, from 61.8 per 1,000 teens to 24.2 out of every 1,000 by 2014, according to a May 3 bulletin issued by the Alaska Section of E...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 9:43am
  • As Caring for the Kenai (CFK) stepped into its second quarter century, it was Evangeline and Margeurite Cox that took one small step for canines and one giant leap for disaster preparedness by claiming the first place prize of $1,600 in the annual environmental and natural disaster preparedness cont...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 9:42am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Fireweed Academy (all grades) May 16: Picnic and play day at Kiki’s house. May 18: Last day of school. Fireweed Academy (K-2) May 13: K-2 closing celebratio...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 9:16am
  • Professors Beth Graber and Michael Hawfield were awarded the honor of emeritus professor titles at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College graduation on May 4. The title of emeritus is given to retiring professors who exemplify principles of exemplary academic standards, great scholarship...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 9:07am
  • Sian Young grew up in Wales hearing stories of her grandparent’s journeys around the world. As Young reached adulthood, she too began taking trips to various destinations in Europe and even going to India. Young, now a 31-year-old mental health nurse living in Bristol, England, is spending a month...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 8:55am
  • Two years and ten months ago, Erika and Paul Piazza painted and renovated the interior of a Volkswagen van and left their home in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  On Monday, May 9, they arrived in Homer. The Piazzas began driving through South America in August 2013 after losing their jobs — Paul is...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 8:53am
  • The Public Safety Review Committee reported to the Homer City Council on Monday that plans for the proposed public safety building would use the current Homer Education and Recreation Complex to house police and fire stations.  The committee met May 11 and is scheduled to meet again at 5:30 p.m...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 8:46am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board will decide in June whether the bus route scheduling for southern peninsula schools, including Homer, Anchor Point and Ninilchik, will change, said KPBSD Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones at a Tuesday meeting at Homer High School.  Any changes...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 8:41am
  • The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is honored to have the nation’s top birders as guests at the fests, but the real stars are those little birds that travel so far on their own to grace our shores. What are birders likely to see this weekend?...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 8:39am
  • The shorebirds are back, heralds of the northern spring and inspiration for the 2016 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival that begins today. These extraordinary travelers remind us of renewal and nature’s miraculous beauty and ingenuity....

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 8:30am
  • No bids for Cook Inlet oil and gas leases No bids were opened for state oil and gas leases in Cook Inlet as previously scheduled Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, the state Department of Natural Resources announced it received no bids for any acreage and cited limited ...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:18am
  • The state Division of Oil and Gas wants significantly more information from Prudhoe Bay field operator BP and its fellow working owners on how a scaled-back work plan for this year could impact prospects for a gasline down the road. Oil and Gas Director Corri Feige wrote a letter to senior BP Alaska...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:17am
  • JUNEAU — One of the two companies offering individual health insurance policies for Alaskans announced Monday that it will not be participating in that market next year. The announcement by Moda Health would leave Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield as the only company providing individual health insur...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:16am

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