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  • Enstar Natural Gas company has begun work on a gas transport pipeline alongside Bridge Access Road in Kenai. According to Enstar communications manager Lindsay Hobson, the 16-inch diameter pipeline will lie four to five feet underground and run four miles, connecting Enstar’s Cook Inlet facilities...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:16am
  • JUNEAU — A state Senate committee has advanced a bill that would exempt Alaska from daylight saving time, a measure that its sponsor said would be good for the health of state residents. The bill, from Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, would exempt Alaska from the annual time change beginning in...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:09am
  • ANCHORAGE — Walmart announced on Jan. 28 the launch of an in-store brand, The Alaskan, for sale in every Alaska Walmart Supercenter and 20 Washington stores, as well as 14 additional products of wild Alaska cod, salmon, rockfish, sole and crab to its general stock. The new items are on shelves jus...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:06am
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has announced the appointment of Karen Zak as its new executive director. Zak is a 15-year resident and business owner in Homer and brings a wealth of knowledge of Homer and tourism industry, the chamber said Monday in a press release. “I love promo...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:01am
  • ANCHORAGE — Former Interior Gas Utility chair Bob Shefchik has taken the reins of the Interior Energy Project.  Shefchik notified IGU leadership and the Legislature Feb. 9 that he would be resigning from his post as the head of the utility board Feb. 10.  With Shefchik as the project lea...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:59am
  • The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association is bringing its safety drill conductor workshop back to Homer Feb. 21 at the Bidarka Inn. The course runs from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and covers cold water survival skills, man overboard recovery, flooding control, firefighting, abandon ship ...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:56am
  • The turnaround in Cook Inlet oil and gas production in recent years is one of the big success stories for Alaska. It has come at a hefty expense, however, to the state treasury. It turns out that inlet producers are being heavily subsidized by the state of Alaska, consultants to the state Legislatur...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:51am
  • Jeffery Trinkera Employment: Executive director of support services, city of Rosenberg, Texas, 2013-present; assistant economic development director, Rosenberg, 2010-13; management assistant, city of Sugarland, Texas, 2008-10.  Education: Bache...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 5:07pm
  • In an almost unheard of action on Monday night, the Homer City Council voted not to go into executive session. Routinely, the council votes to go into executive session without discussion.  With council members Catriona Reynolds, Gus VanDyke and Bryan Zak voting no, and David Lewis and Francie ...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 5:06pm
  • The seasonal exemption from sales taxes on non-prepared food items is on the table again. Blaine Gilman of Kenai introduced the ordinance that would allow for the borough to collect taxes from Sept.1 until May 31 on non-prepared groceries, during Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting....

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:54pm
  • For years, at the annual Cabin Fever Variety Show songs have been sung, guitars and ukuleles strummed, pianos played, jokes told and stories recited. Local cooks have offered up cakes and cookies, pies and breads. Raffle tickets have been sold and prizes won. All of that has been done with one goal:...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:53pm
  • Following a meeting on Jan. 28 in which the City Manager Selection Committee chose four finalists for the position of Homer City Manager, the Homer City Council on Monday interviewed the applicants by phone. Next Monday, the council discusses the finalists and works toward narrowing its list. The to...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:47pm
  • Two men in a Chevrolet pickup truck spin brodies on Beluga Lake on Monday afternoon. With the ice thickening up, people have begun driving on the lake and sometimes testing their driving skills. Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said the city does not get involved in determining if ice thickness is adequ...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:43pm
  • Soldotna voters ended the possibility of the city becoming home rule in the near future. During Tuesday’s special election, voters chose not to form a seven-member charter commission that would have drafted the parameters of how Soldotna would govern itself under home rule status. The question on ...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:38pm
  • JUNEAU — Legal marijuana advocates took to their phones Tuesday to testify against a bill that aims to delay legalizing the commercial sale of marijuana concentrates. The legislation by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, had its first hearing Tuesday in the House Health and Social Services Committee, of w...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:37pm
  • As Alaska faces declining revenues from dropping oil prices, the loss in state funding also will affect municipalities like the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Borough Mayor Mike Navarre said last Thursday in a talk with the Homer-Kachemak Bay Rotary Club. Navarre estimated the borough could see an 8 perce...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 3:51pm
  • Sixth-grader Phin Weston has taken first place in McNeil Canyon Elementary School’s Jan. 30 National Geographic geo bee. Other students participating were Eryn Field, Katerina Kuzmin, Sean Pilant, Kira Milne, Kappa Reutov, Emmet Wilkinson, Ty Etzwiler, Piper Kassouni, Halle Lapp, Tyshawn Carson an...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 1:47pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Feb. 24: District budget meeting, Homer High School library, 5:30 p.m. For information, contact Lassie Nelson, 907-714-8838.   Chapman School Feb. 5-6: No school, parent-teacher conferenc...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 1:47pm
  • Apples displayed on desks, apples given to them by students. West Homer Elementary School librarian also has an apple for her desk. A golden one, awarded to her by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board at its regular meeting on Monday. In presenting her with the apple, board member Liz Downing, w...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 1:45pm
  • After years of planning, the sound of saws and smell of wood fill one of three modular classrooms at Chapman School....

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 1:44pm

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