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  • When their ice-encrusted lawns finally thawed in late May, property owners living at Homer’s lower elevations found broad swaths of brown where they’d come to expect explosions of green.  Let’s face it: Winter was tough on the turf....

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:50pm
  • As Homer’s winters go, this past season was a lulu that just seemed to go on forever, with near-freezing temperatures lingering deep into May, well beyond the normal advent of green-up.  An area biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said he won’t be surprised if population s...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:50pm
  • With the Kenai Peninsula under very high to extreme fire danger, a prompt response by Alaska Division of Forestry, Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services firefighters stopped a grass fire in its tracks on Alan Street off East End Road about 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  Bet...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:47pm
  • Anyone wondering about the progress of the Enstar Natural Gas trunk and distribution lines on the lower Kenai Peninsula doesn’t have to look far. From Anchor Point along the Sterling Highway to West Hill Road and Fairview Avenue, big 8-inch lines snake in and out of the ground on the trunk line, n...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:40pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP) — Seven professors from the University of Alaska Fairbanks are helping establish an engineering school at the new American University of Mongolia. Professors are helping develop curriculum and designing classrooms at the new university, located in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 1:13pm
  • Lisa J. Roberts has been named the executive director of the Kenai Peninsula United Way. Roberts grew up in Soldotna and graduated from Kenai Central High School. She has raised three sons on the peninsula and spent 32 years in personal banking....

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 1:12pm
  • ANCHORAGE — In a June 7 speech before the Export Council of Alaska, U.S. Department of Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez outlined federal efforts to improve the national export economy. U.S. exports grew by 4.5 percent in 2012 to a record $2.2 trillion, Sanchez tol...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 12:55pm
  • A two-day oil spill containment and cleanup drill at the Valdez Marine Terminal took place June 12-13. Spill response crews practiced dealing with a simulated 90,000 barrel spill during crude oil loading at the Valdez terminal, Coast Guard Lt. Allie Ferko said. This is considered a “worst case” ...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 11:55am
  • Flint Hills Resources has a guaranteed supply of state royalty oil for its refinery at North Pole, east of Fairbanks in Alaska’s Interior. Gov. Sean Parnell signed legislation June 11 approving a new contract to supply royalty oil to the refinery. The contract, which is for five years, allows Flin...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 11:52am
  • The strange equipment visible along Seldovia’s Jakolof Bay Road isn’t a birdhouse, a UFO or a Little Chief Smoker with strips of salmon hanging inside. It’s a project by Seldovia Village Tribe’s Environmental Office to monitor summertime dust by using high-volume samplers on loan from the Al...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 11:51am
  • It boiled down to science vs. emotion and personal property rights vs. communist encroachment by the United Nations as scores spoke about the future of salmon habitat regulation on the Kenai Peninsula. One man, who said he was a Russian immigrant, warned of eventual gulags....

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 11:49am
  • Bryan Zak has worked with many small businesses owners on the Kenai Peninsula over the years, but he recently counseled the youngest entrepreneur he’s yet seen. Seven-year-old Rohan Lamb made an appointment late last month to get some sound advice for a mobile ice cream business and feedback on hi...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 11:39am
  • KODIAK — The federal government is putting a former Coast Guard cutter up for auction after efforts to send it to a museum in Juneau failed. The cutter Storis was listed for auction last week on the General Services Commission website at an opening bid of $60,000, Kodiak’s public radio station, ...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 11:39am
  • JUNEAU — Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on Tuesday announced plans to seek the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Mark Begich, saying Alaska would be better served with Republicans in charge. As long as Democrats control the Senate, Treadwell said serious consideration will never be given to ope...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 11:23am
  • You could say this has been an odd year for weather. You probably won’t hear much complaining right now, however, since everyone is so glad to see this much sun after two terribly dreary summers in a row.   At last week’s Homer Farmers’ Market I talked to some producers who take note of t...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 11:22am
  • A competition has emerged between Fairbanks Natural Gas Co. and the Interior Alaska Natural Gas Utility over who will serve the Fairbanks North Star Borough with natural gas. Fairbanks Natural Gas, or FNG, filed an application with the state Regulatory Commission on April 5 to expand its service are...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 11:19am
  • Mail found in boxes around the borough last week included the National Association of Realtors’ take on the upcoming anadromous stream ordinance public hearing. The borough mayor’s office said much of what is on the mailer is not true. ...

    Wed, 06/12/2013 - 4:50pm
  • Let’s hear it for the women anglers leading the 2013 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.  On May 27, April Saputski of Rathdrum, Idaho, hooked into a 142.2-pound halibut while fishing with Capt. Scott Glosser of Captain Scott’s Sport Fishing aboard the Mako. With the largest fish caught to date in...

    Wed, 06/12/2013 - 4:33pm
  • The annual governor’s summer picnics started in 1959 when Alaska became the 49th state. A full page ad from the 1960 Knik Arm Courier contained the following information: “The 2nd Annual Governor’s Picnic will be held at the Chugiak Carnival Grounds on Sunday, June 12, beginning at noon. Gover...

    Wed, 06/12/2013 - 4:33pm
  • A preliminary hearing was continued last Thursday for Zachary Fraley, the Homer High School student charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a felony, for allegedly placing a bomb-like device at the high school that caused an evacuation May 16....

    Wed, 06/12/2013 - 4:31pm

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