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  • Alaska Certified Pesticide Applicator classes will be held in Kenai April 28, 29 and 30.  The Cooperative Extension Service will provide the training and materials needed to take the exam to become a certified applicator. This three-day class is the only on-site training offered in 2014 on the ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:54am
  • JUNEAU — House Speaker Mike Chenault on Thursday said legislative passage of a bill to raise Alaska’s minimum wage would guarantee that wages go up, while the outcome of a similar ballot initiative would be dependent on the whim of votes. Chenault, R-Nikiski, said most lawmakers he’s spoken wi...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:53am
  • JUNEAU — Alaskans know Valdez as the state’s oil port of choice, but an independent Yukon oil producer is planning to make Skagway No. 2 on the list of Alaska oil ports. Last week, Skagway Mayor Mark Schaefer announced that officials from Northern Cross Yukon are interested in using the port of ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:52am
  • Pink salmon fishing in Lower Cook Inlet could soon be revitalized as the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association finalized its purchase of the Port Graham Hatchery on Monday after nearly two years of planning, permitting and logistics. The facility has not been operational since 2007, when low returns of...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:51am
  • Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Begich said he remembers driving through the Kenai Peninsula five years ago, shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate, and noticing the economy here was not in the best of shape. In a return to the area, he shared some insight into his congressional activities then ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:43am
  • ANCHORAGE — Oral argument in the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance appeal of Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell’s decision to reject a proposed ballot initiative to ban setnetting will be held in Anchorage April 22. The alliance, or AFCA, wants to ask voters to ban setnets in urban parts of the state....

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:17am
  • An off-year pink cycle is expected to dramatically reduce the salmon harvest in 2014, down 47 percent from last year, according to the annual report detailing the 2014 state-wide salmon forecast and 2013 harvests and ex-vessel values. The projected harvest for this season is just under 133 million f...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:16am
  • ConocoPhillips is restarting its liquefied natural gas plant on the Kenai Peninsula and will resume shipments of LNG in May, the company announced Monday. Five shipments are planned this year, ConocoPhillips spokeswoman Amy Burnett said. The announcement came as the U.S. Department of Energy issued ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:15am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — The state Senate Finance Committee has backed a $5 million proposal that includes establishing a list of people who would be banned from buying alcohol in Anchorage. The “no sell” proposal by the Fairview Business Association also calls for comprehensive treatment and case man...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:37pm
  • Ghen Sasakura’s short video entry “What You See is What You Get” is the third-week winner in the fifth annual Teton Gravity Research Grom Contest.  “The film shows him skiing. He edited the footage to make the film,” said Sasakura’s mother, Cynthia Morelli. Sasakura is currently att...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:07pm
  • As the Kenai River personal use fishery has grown over the years, the City of Kenai has had to adapt with it. In an effort to clarify confusion on the fishery use fee structure, the Kenai City Council amended and approved a resolution to enact fee changes for the 2014 personal use fishery at the Apr...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:05pm
  • Members of the Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department gathered at Anchor River Inn Saturday for its annual training meeting on Saturday. The event was an opportunity for guest speaker Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre, to officially welcome the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Service Area...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:05pm
  • Kyra Wagner is the recipient of the Friends of the Homer Library’s 2014 Lifelong Learner Award. Also being honored at the Celebration of Lifelong Learning on Saturday is Hannah Baird, this year’s Youth! Learner Award recipient.  Guest speaker for the celebration is William Iggiagruk Hensley...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:58pm
  • It was “school” day at the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s weekly luncheon on Tuesday.  Dr. Steve Atwater, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District superintendent, gave an update on the district, an important thing to do since borough taxes fund the district, but most of the borough’s popula...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:50pm
  • Large vessels, weighing more than 70 tons, dwarf Pier One Theatre as they undergo maintenance and repair in the campground area behind the theater. The work illustrates the need for a haul-out and repair area for vessels of that size, according to Matt Clark, deputy harbor master. Inflatable bladder...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:46pm
  • Little more than a week after a Homer rally urging respect, not violence, a domestic violence assault ended in the death of 24-year-old Aaron Michael Rael-Catholic of Homer. The incident occurred April 2, on McLay Road, about four miles out East End Road. The State Medical Examiner’s office has de...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:45pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District April 16: Early dismissal, 1:40 p.m. April 18: Vacation day.   Chapman School Students of the quarter: Pre-K Valerie McAnnelly and Carter Drake, kindergarten Carter Woodh...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:53pm
  • With high school graduation little more than a month away, there are still scholarship dollars available to help fund continuing education. Among them is financial support for both college and technical programs. Some are for this year’s graduates and some are for past-year graduates. Not all of t...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:52pm
  • Beginning Friday, Homeric Traders is open for business from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The new business, which specializes in buying, selling and trading “the Alaskan Way,” is owned and operated by Ken Sprague and Nickie Knight of Homer. The store features “high quality, vintage,...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:36pm
  • The House Fisheries Committee held a short hearing on Gov. Sean Parnell’s appointees to the Board of Fisheries on Tuesday, and public testimony on the incumbents was mixed. Parnell appointed Sue Jeffrey of Kodiak, John Jensen of Petersburg and Reed Morisky of Fairbanks to the board April 2. The co...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:35pm

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