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  • JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate has voted to advance a proposed trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline project. If approved by the Alaska House of Representatives, the project will enter a period designed to determine its economic feasibility. The 15-5 nod of approval followed more than six hours of debate ...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:06pm
  • Things have not gone well for Trans-Alaska Pipeline System owners in the courts and key federal regulatory arenas in recent weeks, but the battles aren’t over. First, on the state level, Alaska’s Supreme Court upheld a $9.98 billion valuation of the pipeline for property tax purposes on Feb. 21,...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:05pm
  • ANCHORAGE,  — A regulatory system and enforcement involving legalized marijuana could cost Alaska $3.7 million to $7 million, according to a report by eight state agencies. Alaskans will consider a pot legalization measure on the Aug. 19 primary ballot then would have nine months to prepare f...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:03pm
  • JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee on Tuesday continued its discussion of Gov. Sean Parnell’s omnibus education bill, focusing on the charter schools. Many committee members worried that House Bill 278 may unintentionally create new school districts operated by the state if a charter is denied...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:02pm
  • HONOLULU — Lawmakers from Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Guam are teaming up to pressure the U.S. government for relief from a maritime law passed in the 1920s. The Jones Act was designed to protect the domestic shipping industry. It states that only ships made in the U.S. and flying the country...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:01pm
  • Fishermen looking to get more for their catch by installing refrigeration or wanting to better understand and protect their investment in a refrigeration system can take a hands-on class in Homer from a pro next week. Marine Mechanical Solutions, which specializes in marine refrigeration, is coming ...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:01pm
  • Buccaneer Energy, an Australia-based independent company exploring for oil and gas in Cook Inlet, has suspended its CEO Curtis Burton and asked that trading of its shares on the Australian stock exchange be suspended while a restructuring of the company’s finances is accomplished. The events appea...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:01pm
  • “Winging it is not an emergency plan,” is the theme of a current Federal Emergency Management Agency campaign. Sadly, national statistics indicate less than 20 percent of households are prepared for emergencies. March 27, 1964 is proof that disasters happen and in a big way in Alaska....

    Mon, 03/17/2014 - 3:52pm
  • Buccaneer Energy, an Australia-based independent company exploring for oil and gas in Cook Inlet, has suspended its CEO Curtis Burton and asked that trading of its shares on the Australian stock exchange be suspended while a restructuring of the company’s finances is accomplished. The events appea...

    Mon, 03/17/2014 - 3:27pm
  • Homer’s Church on the Rock has a singular purpose: “To do what we can to help strengthen homes,” said Pastor Aaron Weisser. “It’s a conviction of mine that strong homes make for a strong community.” That’s the reason the church invited internationally known relationship expert, Dr. Gar...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 2:44pm
  • Homer Mayor Beth Wythe and City Manager Walt Wrede took center stage at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center’s luncheon meeting at the Alibi on Tuesday. Their state-of-the-city report provided an overview of 2013, a “really good year” for the city, according to Wythe, and plans for...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 2:43pm
  • Hearing on Monday that the city took in $400,000 more in revenues than it spent in 2013, the Homer City Council got back to basic services and passed two actions to support the Homer Volunteer Fire Department, including adding funds to build a heated, four-bay fire station on Skyline Drive at the no...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 2:42pm
  • Soriba Fofana, right, drums during a farewell dancing and drumming presentation last Saturday at Bunnell Street Arts Center as other drummers play. Fofana did an Old Town Artists in Residency with his wife, Shelley Fofana. They taught dancing and drumming workshops during their residency, with works...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 2:38pm
  • Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, delivered some promising news regarding funding for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve to a standing-room crowd last Friday at the Cowles Council Chambers, City Hall. “I think we’ll get that funding back,” he said. “I’m going to shoot for getting it all back...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 2:27pm
  • In other action Monday night, the Homer City Council also discussed spending $31,000 for a 6-page section about Homer in the next edition of “North to the Future,” a book published by Wyndham Publications, Kirkland, Wash., that includes information on Alaska’s history, state agencies, economy ...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 1:52pm
  • A stranded adult male sea otter found on the Homer Spit last Thursday had valvular endocarditis, a heart condition caused by a bacterial infection that has plagued Kachemak Bay sea otters since 1998. A beach walker reported the sick otter, and officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ka...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 1:52pm
  • The Homer City Council on Monday postponed action until no later than August on a resolution approving an intergovernmental agreement with Kachemak City regarding wastewater services.  Before the regular meeting, at the request of Mayor Beth Wythe, the council met in executive session to consid...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 1:50pm
  • Students at Paul Banks Elementary School, a K-2 school on East End Road that also offers a preschool program, are known as “Peanuts.” However, there’s nothing  peanut-sized about their love of reading. Between Feb. 3 and Feb. 26, a short-two-week stretch, the youngsters read a total of 20...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:52am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District: McNeil Canyon Elementary School March 17-21: Swim lessons, grades 2-3. March 18, 20: Learning lab. March 19: Bus driver appreciation day. March 20: Drama clu...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:51am
  • The Kachemak Bay Running Club will hold its annual fun run-walk, membership meeting and club elections on March 28. All runners, walkers and community members are welcomed to participate, sign up and join the fun. The run-walk begins and ends at Beluga Lake Lodge; start time is 5:30 p.m. The members...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:48am

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