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  • Alaska flocks have not yet been stricken by the largest avian influenza outbreak to hit the poultry industry in history. The risk, however, is still there for infection on a local scale. “Biosecurity measures in Alaska can reduce the risk of spreading highly pathogenic avian influenza found in the...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:08am
  • I had a dream last night that I was hunting mushrooms across Kachemak Bay. It was a great dream. The moment of finding that perfect specimen is both surprise and ingenuity, knowing where to look and when and knowing what to look for all wrapped up into the brief time that a mushroom is actually frui...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:06am
  • Hilcorp Alaska will purchase XTO Energy assets in the Middle Ground Shoal of Cook Inlet and is also studying a possible restart of a shut-in platform in the field. Two oil-producing platforms, tank facilities and an office and support facilities at Nikiski, near Kenai, are included in the purchase d...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:05am
  • Two Kenai marijuana clubhouse owners are forging ahead with a business plan that allows residents to share and use cannabis in the absence of state or local regulations. Co-owners Corey Rorem and Joshua Bird opened Green Rush Events Clubhouse in Kenai on June 20. They said they wanted to make their ...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:03am
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    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:31am
  • The upcoming subsistence gillnet fishery on the Kenai River can target sockeye, but kings are off limits. ...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 8:52am
  • A huge algal bloom present in the Pacific Ocean from Monterey Bay, Calif., to Alaska has been seen in Kachemak Bay, but so far has not been in large enough concentrations to cause problems here. Known sometimes as a red tide, the bloom of a plant, or phyto, plankton called pseudo-nitzschia closed ra...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 8:51am
  • A Soldotna sportfish charter captain bragging about his clients’ catch on Facebook has led to the captain being charged with 43 violations....

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 8:50am
  • This evening there’s a party in Anchor Point. The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust (KHLT) is hosting “Take Me to the River,” a free public celebration of progress in preserving the Anchor River. The event, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Coho Campground of the Anchor River State Recreation Area, combin...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 8:48am
  • When you’re standing at the tip of the Spit, you’re already four-and-a-half miles into Kachemak Bay. But the Spit has always served as the springboard to outings that take you far beyond those miles. ...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 8:36am
  • A 22-foot Chris Craft boat burned to the waterline and sank on the Fourth of July off Yukon Island, but all four mariners on board made it off safely in a life raft. A passing mariner rescued them. None of the boaters suffered injuries. “Nobody got wet. They were a little rattled from the fire and...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 8:27am
  • Homer scofflaws expecting “three hots and a cot” — three meals and a bed — when arrested by Alaska State Troopers will get a bonus under a new jail contract the city of Homer agreed to last month: a ride up the road.  If troopers arrest someone on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Homer are...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 8:26am
  • When it’s all tallied up, members the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly spent well over six hours listening to testimony on an ordinance that would have repealed portions of the borough’s controversial riparian habitat protection program. ...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 8:23am
  • All we needed were red knit caps. On a recent weekday tour of Kachemak Bay, I felt like one of the crew of Jacques Cousteau’s famous ocean exploring boat, the Calypso. ...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 8:18am
  • DILLINGHAM — About 8 a.m. on June 17, a sportfishing guide tied his skiff to the F/V Eagle Claw and hopped onboard to join our motley crew. It was the final day of our five-day trip from Homer to Naknek via the Williamsport Road. Skipper Louie Flora, his daughter Sidney and brother Jonathan were h...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:46am
  • The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute will have to refocus some of its marketing strategies in the wake of a budget that left few Alaska state agencies unscathed. Both marketing and management for Alaska fisheries took some hits from the budget deficit and the ensuing cuts to state services....

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:40am
  • It’s true, Wednesday Farmers Markets have started.  Now you can get down there between 3 and 6 p.m. in the middle of the week and get a parking space.  And veggies.   But there are those in our community who don’t get good food even if they get a parking space. Economics can be a ...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:38am
  • JUNEAU — It took two special sessions for Alaska legislators to agree to a budget after a crash in oil prices contributed to a severe reduction in the state’s available revenue. Barring a huge rebound in oil prices, things aren’t expected to get much easier next session. While legislators made...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:36am
  • Alaska’s tourism industry leaders are among the folks trying to manage significant state budget cuts. The Alaska Tourism Industry Association’s budget was cut by more than 45 percent as of July 1, the first day of the state fiscal year, according to ATIA President and CEO Sarah Leonard. The fisc...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:34am
  • Anchor Point July 4 12:30 p.m. July Fourth parade lineup Silver King Campground, Anchor Point Road 1 p.m. Parade Silver King Campground to Slide Hole Campground   2 p.m., VFW Post 10221, Milo Fritz Road. Sign up, Horseshoe Tournament,&...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:02am

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