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  • New census data shows that poverty has increased in Alaska, but it may not be as simple as the numbers make it look. Alaska’s statewide poverty rate climbed in 2014 to 11.2 percent, a 1.3 percent increase from 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey data. It wa...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:33pm
  • The price of Cook Inlet natural gas continues to trend downward as utilities and producers agree to contracts beyond 2018. Homer Electric Association has signed a gas purchase agreement with Furie Operating Alaska LLC to purchase natural gas beginning April 1, 2016, for $6.50 per thousand cubic feet...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:31pm
  • Announcement of the annual Permanent Fund dividend is one of Alaskans’ most anticipated events of the year. Dividends are clearly important to Alaska residents and also have a significant and positive effect on our economy.  This year’s record $2,072 dividend comes at the same time as Alask...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:31pm
  • It appears a fall special session is back on after Gov. Bill Walker met with a small group of legislators Sept. 21 to discuss issues key to the Alaska LNG Project. House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, said in an interview that the governor wants a 30-day special session to begin on or about Oct. ...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:30pm
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce will have an open house for members and prospective members from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today.  People are invited to stop in and learn more about the chamber’s member benefits and how chamber programs can help promote their business. Chamber staff will be available to a...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:27pm
  • When Homer Chamber of Commerce President Tom Stroozas called the 30th Annual Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby winner on speakerphone Monday night to tell her the big news, the assembled crowd at the visitor’s center waited breathlessly for her response. For a few seconds, they heard only silence. “Di...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:24pm
  • Tire tracks and a tip lead police last week to the man who burned and then destroyed the Burning Basket. An 18-year-old high school student confessed to both acts of vandalism on the weekend of Sept. 11-13. Homer Police have forwarded charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, to the...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:20pm
  • For many Homer residents, last weekend’s inaugural Halibut Festival provided an opportunity to be immersed in the marine world.  From a fun run to a fish fry to a halibut cabaret, most of the weekend was a celebration of Homer’s iconic resource. But much of the discussion at Saturday’s ...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:15pm
  • The body of 34-year-old Daniel Compeau, a Colorado man who went missing near Kenai Lake last month, has been found, Alaska State Troopers say. Soldotna troopers got a call that someone found the body near the Kenai Lake shoreline on Sept. 15. It was identified by the state medical examiner Monday, a...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:12pm
  • Now that cannabis, also known as marijuana, has been made legal in Alaska for possession and ultimately cultivation, processing and retail sale, many advocates of a legal cannabis industry can’t wait for the market to bloom. Some want to see social clubs while others see a potential boom in real e...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:12pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the Kenai Peninsula Education and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support associations did not reach a tentative agreement through the closed mediation process that took place Monday and Tuesday. From here the school district’s negotiation team or the ...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:10pm
  • Homer got its first look at most of the Homer City Council candidates last Friday for the Friends of the Homer Public Library debate. Moderator Michael Hawfield, a Kachemak Bay Campus history professor, asked each candidate a set of questions. Audience members also submitted written questions. Issue...

    Wed, 09/23/2015 - 3:10pm
  • Although the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation last week shut down a Halibut Cove oyster farm because of increased paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) levels, oysters sold by the Kachemak Bay Shellfish Growers Cooperative remain safe to eat, Marie Bader, the president of the Kachemak Shel...

    Tue, 09/22/2015 - 10:01am
  • Homer New York Life agent Trygstad honored for 33 years of service In recognition of his 33 years of service, Paul Trygstad of Homer has been named a Senior NYLIC of New York Life.     Trygstad joined New York Life on Sept. 1, 1982. He beg...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:02am
  • ANCHORAGE — An initiative group is gathering signatures in an attempt to link voter registration to Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend applications. PFD Voter Registration is trying to get a question on the ballot asking voters if they’d like registration to come automatically when they apply for th...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:00am
  • ANCHORAGE — Business leaders across Alaska are publicly making suggestions for how the Legislature could possibly handle the state’s fiscal crisis ahead of next year’s legislative session. The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce in a draft letter addressed to Gov. Bill Walker and sent to the stat...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:59am
  • Gov. Bill Walker has persuaded the state’s industry partners in the Alaska LNG Project to consider a larger pipe size that would be capable of shipping more North Slope natural gas, the governor said in a Sept. 4 interview with the Alaska Journal of Commerce. Sources among North Slope producers co...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:58am
  • FAIRBANKS — Alaska has been on the cutting edge of unmanned aircraft research for years thanks to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The question now is, as the technology becomes commercially available, can the state monetize its position? Mike Sfraga, UAF vice chancellor for university advancem...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:57am
  • The wind last Saturday took all the warmth the sun was providing right out of the air. You could tell what it was like standing in the shade of a booth at the Homer Farmers Market just by looking at Marsha Rouggly at her Sweet Berries Jam booth dressed in a scarf and full length down coat. The cold ...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:56am
  • Hilcorp Alaska’s plans to drill two additional oil and natural gas exploration wells southeast of Ninilchik are moving forward into the permitting phase. If approved, the company plans to begin clearing vegetation in late September, construct a gravel pad and begin drilling two wells to be complet...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:55am

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