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  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough has adopted a permanent policy aimed at making the legislative process more transparent. Ordinances and resolutions up for adoption will require a fiscal note describing the financial impact the legislation will have on the borough.  It will be the responsibility of ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:14am
  • Whales and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council potentially transformed the black cod fishery last week when the council voted unanimously to allow pots to once again be used in the fishery as a deterrent to whale predation. Whales have become an increasing problem in the black cod fishery, ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:13am
  • Too much red and pink salmon could be a blessing in an ugly disguise for 2015.  The commercial fishing industry has a pessimistic outlook for the price of Alaska salmon in 2015, due in large part to one of the largest pink and sockeye salmon run forecasts in 50 years. A healthy U.S. economy is ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:11am
  • Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct errors. The non-prepared food item tax measure approved by the assembly this week included an amendment to put the question to voters on the October municipal ballot.  ...

    Thu, 04/09/2015 - 5:29pm
  • At an emergency meeting Wednesday night, the Homer City Council said it will petition the Alaska Supreme Court to review an April 3 judicial order that it cease its method for assessing condominium owners in the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District. Council member David Lewis made the annou...

    Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:26am
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    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:55pm
  • How a community nurtures learning, and how libraries inspire that, kept coming up in speeches last Saturday for the Friends of the Homer Public Library’s Celebration of Lifelong Learning. Speakers mentioned the library as one of the prime places to build community togetherness and enjoyment. ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:54pm
  • In a move designed to start a conversation on other sources of state funding beyond oil and gas revenues, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, introduced a bill last Thursday to create a state income tax. If passed and signed into law, House Bill 182 would tax anyone earning income in Alaska at a flat 15 perc...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:50pm
  • In a harsh rebuke to how the city of Homer assessed condominiums for the Homer Natural Gas Assessment District, Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet last Friday afternoon ordered the city to comply with his Jan. 6, 2014, ruling.  In his decision in the Ken Castner v. City of Homer case, ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:43pm
  • KODIAK (AP) — The body of a Homer man missing in Kodiak since Feb. 22 has been recovered. Kodiak radio station KMTX reports the body of 27-year-old Mihay Kalugin was pulled Friday night from Kodiak’s St. Paul Harbor.Kalugin was a crewman on the fishing vessel Competition. A Homer relative, Alexi...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:42pm
  • Plans for a controversial hydroelectric plant are available for public examination in their most detailed form to date. On March 27, Homer Electric Association, working through its subsidiary Kenai Hydroelectric, submitted a draft of its license application for the Grant Lake hydroelectric project t...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:50pm
  • Citing a family member’s health issues, Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Services Chief Jim Dycus has resigned from his post. Dycus submitted his resignation to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre on March 26, with an effective date of April 17. Navarre confirmed last Friday that he received...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:49pm
  • Paul Banks Elementary School parents and friends packed the Mariner Theatre last Thursday for  the school’s spring performance, “Drums Alive!” ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:14pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will not be handing out any pink slips this spring. At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, all non-tenured contracts were approved for the 2016 school year. Roughly 70 contracts were signed off on and roughly 30 non-tenured teachers were moved to tenure...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:11pm
  • The Board of Education on Monday passed the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s $165.6 million fiscal year 2016 operating budget. The board discussed the final revisions proposed by Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones during a worksession Monday. The process began in October 2014. Included i...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:07pm
  • It WILL snow. Do not fear it. Our environment needs water and snow is one way to get it. However much we get won’t last long. Think of it as adding nitrogen to the soil. Think of it as a plus. Or don’t think about it at all.  The greenhouse is providing sufficient shelter for the tomatoes, ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:02pm
  • KENAI — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has criticized the City of Kenai’s proposal for a road in a wetland near the Kenai River....

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:09am
  • The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities wants feedback on plans to move the Sterling Highway around Cooper Landing. DOT released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement March 29 with four alternatives to improve traffic flow and increase road capacity on a 13-mile s...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:05am
  • ANCHORAGE — Six Greenpeace activists protesting Arctic offshore drilling on Monday boarded a drill rig as it was transported across the Pacific Ocean toward Seattle, where it will be staged for drilling on Shell leases in Alaska waters. The 400-foot Polar Pioneer, owned by Transocean Ltd., was on ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:00am
  • SOLDOTNA — A better rapport between the city of Soldotna and local businesses could result in a healthier economic environment. That was Soldotna Director of Economic Development and Planning Stephanie Queen’s message during a Tuesday Soldotna Chamber luncheon. Queen highlighted the importance o...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:51am

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