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  • With the annual lease sale approaching and the Alaska LNG Project proposed to enter Cook Inlet, some groups are asking what oil and gas development may do to beluga whale habitat in the inlet. The Cook Inlet belugas, about 340 individuals as of 2014, migrate through upper Cook Inlet and cross throug...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:03am
  • Cook Inlet may have more oil and gas to give, but developing it could present a challenge. Though there is active development on oil fields in the northern Cook Inlet and one producer in the Cosmopolitan field near Anchor Point, there may be resources that are going unexplored in other parts of the ...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:02am
  • KBRR council seeks members The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve Community Council has openings on its citizen advisory group. Anyone interested in becoming a member or alternate on the council may submit an application no later than Feb. 10.  View the application at kbaycouncil.w...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:56am
  • Homer’s girls varsity basketball team took second place overall at the 27th annual Nikiski Tip Off Tournament that was held Jan. 14-16 at Nikiski High School.  Though the boys varsity team did not place in the tournament, Koby Etzwiler made the boys all-tournament team....

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:53am
  • Budget constraints might mean all but two of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s 44 schools will have more students and fewer teachers in the classroom next year. Administrators are recommending the board of education raise the pupil-teacher ratio at all sites other than Kenai Alternativ...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:44am
  • Two Chapman School students covered the faces of Chapman School Principal Conrad Woodhead and Kenai Peninsula School District Superintendent Sean Dusek in whipped topping on Tuesday, January 19 — without being reprimanded.  Fourth-grader Harley Boon and second-grader Lynnzi Stout won the oppo...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:42am
  • Chapman School Jan. 21: Volleyball at Homer Middle School, 4 p.m. Jan. 26: Volleyball at Chapman v. Ninilchik, 3:45 p.m. Jan. 27: 5th and 6th grades field trip, Challenger Center, all day.  Jan. 28: Volleyball ...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:42am
  • A group of students from West Homer Elementary School and Fireweed Academy were sworn in as lawyers and judges at West Homer Elementary School after passing the bar exam on Thursday, Jan. 14. Afterward, they celebrated with their parents over cake and punch....

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:41am
  • Some legislators are seeking an end to the Alaska Measures of Progress and Alaska Alternate Assessment tests. Rep. Jim Colver, R-Palmer, sponsored House Bill 232, which would prohibit the Department of Early Education and Development from administering the assessments, which nearly 73,000 students i...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:29am
  • For the first time in KBBI history, the radio station dedicated a section of their music library for long-time volunteer Randi Somers. During the Jan. 14 KBBI meeting, station manager Dave Anderson and local musician Atz Kilcher honored Somers for her 36 years of service to the station....

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:17am
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    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:14am
  • A city committee intended to sunset in December got an extension to finish its work. That work should be completed today at 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall conference room when the Sustainable Animal Control Review Committee, or SACRC, meets one last time. On its agenda is reviewing draft recommendations...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:13am
  • The city has added many facilities over the past few years at the Homer Harbor: a new load-launch ramp, a new harbor office, more bathrooms, an expanded Homer Spit and harbor trail with bright pennant flags, paved parking lots at some harbor ramps and even a new covered ramp.  Despite all the p...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:11am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, support staff and teacher associations met again Jan. 13 to discuss the unresolved issue of health care for contract negotiations that began nearly one year ago. Anchorage-based lawyer Saul Friedman, who represents the school district negotiating team, tu...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:08am
  • This story has been updated to add information about a memorial reading at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Kachemak Bay Campus. Like a tsunami that sucks sea beyond shore, most in Alaska’s tightly knit literary community knew the wave of cancer holding Eva Saulitis in its grip would eventually pull her u...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:07am
  • WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appears ready to deliver a major setback to American unions as it considers scrapping a four-decade precedent that lets public-sector labor organizations collect fees from workers who decline to join. During more than an hour of oral arguments on Monday, the high cou...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 11:03am
  • Dr. Rob Downey, center, director of the Functional Medicine Clinic, poses for a photo with Dee Dahmann, left, clinic manager, and Mike Tupper, right, clinic supervisor, at an open house Jan. 7 for the new clinic. Not shown is clinic assistant Carol Comfort. The clinic opened last week. The p...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 11:02am
  • BP is cutting 4,000 jobs worldwide and some of those reductions will be in Alaska. An intra-company email obtained by the Alaska Journal of Commerce sent to BP Alaska employees Jan. 12 states that the company plans to reduce its total in state workforce by 13 percent. All employees should know their...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:57am
  • Forming a local option zone may soon be easier for residents who want more control over what businesses can move into their neighborhoods. Local option zones are areas in which the majority of residents have control over what businesses can be established there. The code was last revised about 15 ye...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:52am
  • With less than two months before the state will accept marijuana business applications, the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Marijuana Task Force is still debating whether to set additional restrictions. The task force has not yet reached a set of recommendations for the borough assembly. Several members...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:50am

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