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  • Planning on taking advantage of Cook Inlet’s minus tides to fill the freezer with razor clams? Already pinpointed the -4.1 tide on May 16 as a time to pack up the family and join the shovel-toting, bucket-carrying crowd on the beach in front of Ninilchik?   Better change your plans....

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:42pm
  • On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound —  “fetched up,” in the words of its captain, Joe Hazelwood.   After 8,700 oil tanker transits through the sound since the first tanker loaded in 1977, Alaskans had become complacent — some of them. Just the...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:41pm
  • Nominated by Homer High School faculty, eight HHS students have been recognized as “Mariners On the Move.” Each faculty member nominates one outstanding student during the school year based on scholarship and citizenship. Nominees and their families were invited to a Feb. 28 celebration, catered...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:32pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District   Homer High School March 29, 30: HHS production of the Broadway musical “The Sound of Plaid;” 7:30 p.m. March 29; 3 and 7:30 p.m. March 30.   Homer Middle School...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:29pm
  • When the Veterans of Foreign Wars asked students to write about “what patriotism means to me,” 11 Chapman School students in grades 6-8 took the challenge.  Three of those students — placing first, second and third in the local competition sponsored by VFW Post 10221 in Anchor Point — w...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:28pm
  • Celebrating its 21st year, the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament is all set for Saturday, with hooks in the water at 9 a.m., out of the water by 4 p.m. and fish weighed at the Coal Point tournament headquarters on the Spit by 6 p.m. “We’re really excited that it’s going to be a great event,...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:26pm
  • Dear USPS employee,  I am sorry if I upset you. I just came in to mail some very important packages today. I don’t mean to offend you by bringing you my packages, but I have been a loyal customer of the USPS for many years, and you have just treated me like I am public enemy number one. I wou...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:19pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound on March 29, 1989, some have commemorated Alaska’s biggest human-made, technological disaster with a look at how oil spill response has improved — more skim...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:18pm
  • By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer As word spread that the belly of the Exxon Valdez, a tanker carrying Alaska oil from Valdez to Long Beach, Calif., had been ripped open and its contents were pouring into Prince William Sound, Homer-area residents were filled with an urgen...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:17pm
  • In two separate cases and in the same week last month, two lower Kenai Peninsula men have been charged with felony assault under a “three strikes” provision of Alaska’s assault law.  Jamie L. Mosquito, 24, Port Graham, and Kenneth W. Kvasnikoff, 43, Ninilchik, both were charged with third...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:50pm
  • Alaska is set to receive $20.8 million for the 2012 salmon fisheries disasters, but how the money will be used is still being decided. First, the state of Alaska and the Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP, must work on how to split the funds between Cook Inlet and Yukon-Kuskokwim sta...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:07pm
  • The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, in releasing its preliminary report, seeks public comment into the work that’s been done and still to do. ...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:07pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital is offering walk-in services for enrollment in the health-care insurance marketplace. It will be held near the hospital’s front desk registration offices from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22 and 29. Appointments are encouraged, but not required. To schedule an appointm...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:06pm
  • 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 - 1:06pm
  • 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 - 1:05pm
  • 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 - 1:03pm
  • 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 - 1:02pm
  • 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 - 1:01pm
  • 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 - 1:01pm
  • 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 - 1:01pm

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