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  • JUNEAU (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to buy up to $13 million in canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen.In July, Gov. Sean Parnell asked the USDA to buy $37 million worth of canned fish under a federal law that allows the governme...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:07am
  • As the new head of the Federal Aviation Administration in Alaska, Kerry Long is focused on one word: safety.The fact that other topics sometimes overshadow the agency’s core mission of promoting safe flying is a testament to how effective the FAA is and should not be forgotten, he said.“I’m pl...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:04am
  • ANCHORAGE — A permit covering storm-water runoff does not apply to coal falling from a conveyor belt into Resurrection Bay at Seward, a federal appeals court ruled Sept. 3.A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Tim Burgess and ruled...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:57am
  • KETCHIKAN — The Ketchikan City Council has voted against supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana.Council members voted last week to approve a resolution opposing the general election ballot proposition that would legalize marijuana in Alaska. The resolution urged voters to reject Bal...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:55am
  • Fairbanks utilities are investigating ways to simplify and encourage conversion to natural gas when it becomes available.Interior Gas Utility board chairman Bob Shefchik told the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority board of directors Aug. 25 that the goal of a conversion working group...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:50am
  • Signs of fall are in the air. This is the time of the year when I start getting questions about how much longer the Homer Farmers Market will be going. I always love to point out that it will go through the month of September and then continue as long as our dedicated farmers are willing to keep com...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:48am
  • Due to some extra paperwork, construction on a Sterling Highway erosion mitigation project was delayed to next construction season.The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities had planned to begin work at Milepost 153.3 of the Sterling Highway as early as spring 2014, Jill Reese, DO...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:44am
  • Homer Police are seeking suspects in the armed robbery on Thursday of the Wagon Wheel on Ocean Drive. According to a police press release, a man at about 1:40 p.m. Sept. 4 entered the store, brandished a handgun and demanded money from the register. The man left the store with an undisclosed amount ...

    Thu, 09/04/2014 - 4:18pm
  • British adventurer Sarah Outen waves as she rides her bike, Hercules, on the Homer Spit as she sets off for New York. Kate Krautler, to her left, and Frida Renner were part of an escort of about 20 bicyclists who joined Outen part of the way out of town. Some rode as far as Anchor Point. Outen, 29, ...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 4:07pm
  • CoastWalk, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies annual beach clean up and survey, starts today with a kick-off talk at 6:30 p.m. at the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union on the Sterling Highway....

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 4:06pm
  • The Salvation Army will hold a coat give-away at its 1468 Sterling Highway location from noon-2 p.m. Sept. 13. As in past three years, the coats have been donated by Fred Meyer and are distributed throughout Alaska free of charge. “There are no requirements,” said Lt. Christin Frankhauser of the...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 4:05pm
  • Larry Patson of Bullhead City, Ariz., holds a halibut with a tag worth $250 in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Sea Lion Cove of Homer sponsored the tagged fish. Patson was fishing with Capt. Keith Kalke of Ocean Hunter Charters aboard the Ocean Hunter. The derby runs through Sept. 15....

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:51pm
  • After 13 years away from the Kenai Peninsula, former Homer News and Peninsula Clarion reporter Doug Loshbaugh is back. This time not as a journalist, however. Loshbaugh is the new assistant chief of the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Service Area. Loshbaugh served on the Homer Volunteer Fire Depart...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:39pm
  • Borough and federal emergency officials are reviewing the technical glitch which caused a false tsunami warning to go off about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.  Tsunami warning sirens on the Homer Spit, Ocean Drive and Bishop’s Beach went off, causing some people to evacuate and the Homer Police Departme...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:36pm
  • The word on the street at the end of Homer’s traditional summer tourist season is “incredible” — incredible business and incredible weather. “Everybody I’ve talked to — this is not like pie in the sky — charter operators, accommodations, Safeway, retail outlets, Ulmer’s, they all s...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:34pm
  • Putting a final stamp on the 2013-2014 school year, Homer High School has released the following information from the final quarter: • 55 students achieved Mariner Gold status by earning a 4.0 grade-point-average; • 89 students achieved Mariner Blue status by earning a GPA between 3.5 and 4.0; ...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:28pm
  • The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation are presenting the 10th annual Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts and Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council announced in a press rele...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:26pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Sept. 8: School board meeting, Homer High School The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board will hold committee meetings and its next regular meeting at Homer High School on Sept. 8. The afternoon committee meetings will be held...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:26pm
  • Uniformed officers from law enforcement agencies throughout the Kenai Peninsula joined with Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administrators to learn about ALICE. “Everybody’s here,” said Dave Jones, KPBSD assistant superintendent. “We’re getting on board together.”...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:25pm
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials are prepping for negotiations with the U.S. Transportation Department to resolve $12.3 million the borough owes the feds for its failed ferry plan. In all, the Mat-Su Borough received $21.2 million from the Federal Transit Administration from three grants awarded ...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:29pm

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