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  • As the Card Street fire threatens more structures with each acre it expands, the Kenai Peninsula community has begun to rally around its own. Estimated as of Tuesday night to be 2,000 acres, the fire has caused evacuations to be ordered for areas from Card Street to the Kenai National Wildife Refuge...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:13am
  • Three Alaska Native subsistence users addressed an audience of national wildlife policy advisers last week about the risks of climate change to subsistence-based communities, what those communities are doing to adapt, and how their adaptations may be helped or hindered by state and federal governmen...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 9:38am
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    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:55am
  • Two confirmed fires in the Cooper Landing area are expanding and causing problems for residents and responders. The Juneau Lake fire, located east of Juneau Lake and north of Cooper Landing, has grown to 60 acres, said Mona Spargo, USDA Forest Service Public Information Officer for Chugach National ...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:51am
  • Firefighters continued to battle the human-caused Card Street fire in Sterling, estimated to be at 2,000 acres, Tuesday evening. Crews of nearly 100 firefighters constructed fire breaks, dumped water from the Kenai River from planes and helicopters and retardant from tankers on the flames throughout...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:50am
  • With only four Homer City Council members attending Monday’s special and regular meetings, it took unanimity to pass anything. Under council rules, to meet there must be a quorum of four members, but four votes also are needed to pass resolutions and ordinances. That meant the council postponed ac...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:36am
  • The state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corp. has developed preliminary designs for “offtake” facilities that would allow communities to take natural gas from a large-diameter gas pipeline, if one were built. The designs were presented to AGDC’s board of directors at its June 11 meeting....

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:35am
  • Publicly accessible land in and around Homer is arguably one of the town’s most precious commodities. Both citizens and visitors in Homer use the land for exercise, enjoyment and to learn more about Alaska’s natural heritage. Unfortunately, these well-loved properties are not immune to vandalism...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:34am
  • An exuberant mood ruled the 14th Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, held June 12-16 in Homer. The public readings crackled with enthusiasm. The radiant weather didn’t hurt, either. This year 127 attendees shared the power of the written and spoken word, and the inspiring camaraderie of those who ...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:32am
  • It took until last Thursday, but after endless days where most legislators waited for majority and minority leaders to reach a compromise, the Alaska Legislature finished its one big job: passing a budget. On Monday in separate phone interviews, Homer’s legislators, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, an...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:28am
  • Tom Schroeder’s got time on his hands. So much time he’s booked about 150 hours so far this season at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, otherwise known as the Fishing Hole. Schroeder has fished the Hole since the first salmon returned after the original smolt were stocked here in 1984. When the fi...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:23am
  • Alaska Gov. Bill Walker met with Kenai Mayor Pat Porter and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre on Wednesday to discuss state resource use, a potential statewide burning ban and a disaster declaration for the Kenai Peninsula. The more than 2,500-acre Card Street wildfire, alongside several sm...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:21am
  • As of noon Wednesday, Division of Forestry Public Information Officer Terry Anderson was unable to confirm the exact size of the Card Street Fire stating only that it has surpassed the previously reported 2,574 acres. One additional home was burned in the Kenai Keys subdivision Tuesday night, bringi...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:19am
  • As of noon Wednesday, Division of Forestry Public Information Officer Terry Anderson was unable to confirm the exact size of the Card Street Fire stating only that it has surpassed the previously reported 2,574 acres. One additional home was burned in the Kenai Keys subdivision Tuesday night, bringi...

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:19am
  • Updated 10:40 a.m. June 18 to add that campfires are now prohibited. Lessening winds and higher humidity caused the National Weather Service to lift a red flag warning for the Kenai Peninsula, but the fire danger remained at extreme on the upper peninsula and very high on the lower peninsula....

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:18am
  • Here is another reason for me to heap praise on the Homer Farmers Market. The community-building atmosphere there does not end with the locally grown food and the ability to run into everyone you know in town there on a given Saturday. It also integrates kids as part of that community. Last Saturday...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:38pm
  • Construction started this month with dirt work at the Cosmopolitan oil development project near Mile 151 Sterling Highway north of Anchor Point. At meetings in Anchor Point, Homer and Ninilchik held last week, BlueCrest energy officials briefed lower Kenai Peninsula residents on a project that may b...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:37pm
  • Pebble Limited Partnership’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency will continue as a federal judge denied the agency’s motion to dismiss June 4. U.S. Alaska District Court Judge H. Russel Holland concluded that while the EPA may not have established the three “anti-mine” group...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:35pm
  • Homer Electric Association is requesting a rate change in its quarterly filings with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. In its filing, HEA is proposing to decrease the Cost of Power Adjustment, or COPA, from 7.846 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 7.784 cents per kWh. COPA reflects the cost of the ...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:34pm
  • JUNEAU — It’s a wrap for Alaska’s film tax credit program. Legislation repealing the program has been signed into law by Gov. Bill Walker. Walker, in a release, said he supports the film industry in Alaska but the state is facing unprecedented financial times. He says it’s hard to justify co...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:33pm

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