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  • A Bayview Park work party will be held at the park, located at the top of Main Street, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 10. Participants are asked to bring rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and buckets. Some food and snacks will be provided, but volunteers also can feel free to bring picnics. ...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 4:01pm
  • The city of Homer and the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center have set up summer parking for motorhomes in downtown Homer and Old Town.  Visitors can park large motorhomes and walk to nearby shopping and dining.  The downtown parking lot is in the old middle school parking lot on...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 4:01pm
  • The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation last week extended for 10 days the public review of Buccaneer Alaska’s Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan, or C-plan, for its West Eagle drilling prospect off Basargin Road and East End Road. The new deadline for comments from reviewin...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 4:01pm
  • Homer Police earlier this month charged a 32-year-old Homer man with assault for allegedly hitting a toddler related to him. Carl A. Moonin was charged with four counts of fourth-degree assault, domestic violence....

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 4:00pm
  • 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

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