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  • Voters on Oct. 7 will be asked to advise the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly whether the borough should exercise animal control practices. At recent meetings, citizens have voiced concerns about abused and neglected animals in unincorporated areas. At its July 1 meeting, the assembly passed a resol...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:09pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education approved a site for a proposed new Kachemak Selo School at its June 30 meeting. The board’s choice was one of two sites being considered for a new facility to replace the three separate buildings currently being used. “The recommende...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:58pm
  • In three separate incidents last week, vehicle crashes killed a Wasilla woman and injured two Homer women. Police and troopers said all three incidents involved alcohol. The most serious incident happened about 6:20 p.m. July 4 when a Wasilla woman flipped her all-terrain vehicle while crossing Star...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:58pm
  • Throw a monkeyfist-knotted rope in the Homer Harbor, and odds are you’ll hit a Tolman skiff. From its versions as open skiffs to stout cabin cruisers, the classic Kachemak Bay boats can be seen not only in Homer, but up and down the Alaska and Pacific coasts and even as far away as  Norway an...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:52pm
  • It was standing room only at the Ninilchik Rodeo on Saturday, as a crowd of more than 650 squeezed into the bleachers to whoop and holler for 145 competing cowboys and cowgirls. With the sun playing peek-a-boo on Sunday, the audience was a bit smaller, down to about 350, but “it was still a pretty...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:44pm
  • More than 25 people showed up for Tuesday’s “Ballot Measure No. 1: Referendum to Repeal SB 21” dialogue held at the Homer Public Library. It was booked as an open discussion with all viewpoints welcome.  One element was missing, however: someone supporting a “vote no” position.  ...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:39pm
  • The state of Alaska received word from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that seafood is safe from Fukushima radiation. The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health and Social Services developed a plan for sampling several Alaska fish species and asked the FDA to tes...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:10am
  • A judge ruled June 25 that a commercial fishing group should pay part of the state of Alaska’s legal costs for the lawsuit regarding management of the Cook Inlet salmon fisheries in 2013. Alaska Superior Court Judge Andrew Guidi issued an order asking Cook Inlet Fisherman’s Fund to pay the state...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:08am
  • JUNEAU — Water and wastewater utility rates for Juneau residents and businesses will increase each year beginning Jan. 1 to help the city foot the bill for millions in long-needed infrastructure improvements. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly adopted an ordinance increasing the utility servi...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:07am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Army garrison in Fairbanks will pay nearly $160,000 to government regulators after being found in violation of an act designed to protect groundwater. Fort Wainwright will pay the Environmental Protection Agency after the garrison didn’t test for suspect leaks in underground ...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:05am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — A consortium of tribes is seeking to intervene in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a lawsuit challenging EPA’s authority to potentially block the proposed Pebble Mine....

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:04am
  • JUNEAU — The chief of staff for the Alaska Veterans Affairs Health Care System said last week that recruitment of doctors and nurses is one of the biggest challenges the system faces. Cynthia Joe said this challenge isn’t exclusive to the VA in Alaska. But Alaska has no medical school, and while...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:02am
  • Nominations for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce’s Top Business Awards are open through Aug. 1. Know a local chamber of commerce that deserves accolades for its efforts? How about a small business that outshines the competition?  What about an outstanding Alaskan who’s contributions go ...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:02am
  • The National Marine Fisheries Service is working to improve its data on the impacts of recreational fishing. The agency recently announced corrections to its “Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012” report. The report, which was released this spring, aims to compare recreational and comme...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:00am
  • The National Marine Fisheries Service is working on a draft policy that could incorporate more consideration of marine recreational fishing in management actions. The agency, or NMFS, has released four draft goals for a new national saltwater recreational fisheries policy. An October hearing is plan...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:00am
  • Built in 1972, the one-lane, steel stringer, wooden-decked Ninilchik River bridge leading into the village near the mouth of the river is finally being replaced.  The bridge sustained flood damage in 2002. However, replacement had been in the planning since 1991, according to information provid...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:59am
  • The summer is moving along at an incredible pace. The fireweed is already blooming, rather than waiting for August. The snow across Kachemak Bay is more sparse than ever.   And production down at the Homer Farmers Market continues to ramp up....

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:57am
  • In a dramatic development, North Slope oil producers have essentially erased a long-term decline trend that has existed for all but one year since 1989 when two new oil fields began producing in 2002. An intensive effort in “workovers” of producing wells, to stimulate production, and drilling of...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:36am
  • A double rainbow appears over Beluga Lake and the Kenai Mountains on Saturday. Although Homer had clear, sunny weather, a mist in the sky created the rainbows....

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:21pm
  • “Who needs the World Cup when we have Strut Your Mutt?” emcee David Alpin asked the crowd of humans and canines at Saturday’s 37th annual Strut Your Mutt event, organized by Homer Animal Friends. The afternoon was filled with games, with mutts and humans pairing up to win water relays and a do...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:20pm

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