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  • Another outbreak of campylobacter infection tied to a Kenai Peninsula cow share operation has sickened five people, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. An earlier outbreak sickened more than 31 people in February.  Both outbreaks have originated from Peninsula Diar...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:13pm
  • Soldotna-based Alaska State Troopers have identified the persons Tuesday night’s homicide-suicide case as Earl Moore, 69, and Lynda Moore, 66, both of Soldotna....

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:10pm
  • ANCHORAGE — A man who was on a rafting trip near Hope south of Anchorage died after falling overboard. KTUU-TV reports that Steven Morton from the United Kingdom died Monday during a Nova River Runners trip down Six Mile Creek. Nova River Runners owner Chuck Spaulding says water levels along the c...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:10pm
  • Joe Miller has filed paperwork indicating he has raised more than $5,000 for a possible run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Mark Begich in the 2014 election. Miller could not be reached for comment on whether the filing indicated a run for that office, or whether he is just continuing to explo...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:08pm
  • A plan to overhaul the city of Homer’s water and sewer rate structure is now on the fast track. At its meeting Monday night, the Homer City Council heard testimony about the plan and cleared the way for its passage later this month.  The new rate structure is the result of months of work by t...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:07pm
  • A man accused of robbing the Grog Shop, a liquor store in Homer, waived his indictment and accepted a plea deal on May 22 at the Kenai Courthouse. John Mumey, 51, who was originally charged with robbery in the first degree, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree robbery, a felony charge....

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:06pm
  • The Alaska Aviation Centennial Celebration arrived at the Homer Airport the evening of May 24 to an appreciative crowd of about 150. Spectators marveled at the 1943 T-6 Texan trainer, the 1933 Stinson L-13 Grasshopper, and the 1938 AT-6 Texan “Harvard.” The planes were all used during World War ...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:02pm
  • FAIRBANKS — The National Guard has helped evacuate residents from a small community in Alaska’s interior where a river ice jam caused major flooding, washing out roads and submerging homes and other buildings. State officials estimate several hundred people have left the town of Galena, which re...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:38pm
  • Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell visited the central Kenai Peninsula Tuesday and signed three bills sponsored by members of the local legislative delegation during the last session. As Parnell addressed the joint Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce luncheon group, he said he was proud of the coordinatio...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:34pm
  • As Homer heads into the 2013 tourist season, it appears visitors are reacting positively to an improving economy; local charters and lodging concerns are reporting increased and earlier bookings; and many are saying it could be the best summer in several years. Meanwhile, the Alaska Department of Co...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:32pm
  • The Seldovia of today is a quiet, remote Alaska community of fewer than 300 residents.There was a time, however, when Seldovia was anything but quiet....

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:30pm
  • Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a point in April to 6 percent. The adjusted national rate for the month was 7.5 percent. From March to April the national rate fell 0.1 percent. The last time the state’s adjusted unemployment was as low as 6 percent was in the su...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:03pm
  • The Alaska Marine Highway System is considering raising its rates for traveling aboard the state’s ferries in order to deal with a pared down operating budget approved by lawmakers this spring. Officials informed the state’s public advisory board this week that the ferry system will end its disc...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:03pm
  • ANCHORAGE – On June 7, an international team of scientists, artists and educators launch an expedition to study marine debris in southwest Alaska. Howard Ferren of the Alaska SeaLife Center leads the expedition, along with scientist Carl Safina, the founding president of Blue Ocean Institute based...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:58pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP) — When Carla Beam prepared a report on the so-called “fiscal cliff” for the University of Alaska Board of Regents in December, she found unexpected inspiration in a Looney Tunes clip. Wile E. Coyote’s legs would keep churning in the old cartoons, whether he was running off a l...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:53pm
  • Gov. Sean Parnell left the Legislature’s budget largely intact when he signed off on $6.8 billion in general fund spending for the 2014 fiscal year. That’s the state’s spending as part of a $13.5 billion total budget, which includes federal dollars and Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends. The 2014...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:53pm
  • If the Alaska Wireless Network transaction is approved, and funding is available, rural Alaska consumers could see expanded data service for cell phones and mobile devices by the end of 2014. Alaska Communications and General Communications Inc. made a voluntary commitment to the federal government ...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:51pm
  • The state of Alaska could put up $50 million to share costs of seismic exploration and exploration planning for a new oil and gas resource assessment in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gov Sean Parnell has proposed. “The Department of the Interior is now developing a long...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:50pm
  • ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage poet gets to realize her dream to visit the ghost of a remote western Alaska village where her Inupiat Eskimo ancestors once lived, thanks to funds she raised through crowdsourcing....

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:49pm
  • The former showroom of VBS Heating Products on Lake Shore Drive seems an improbable location for a nail salon. But as it turns out, it’s a surprisingly fitting transformation. Dee Bottineau has moved her nail salon, Dragonfly Nails by Dee, from its former location at the corner of the Sterling Hig...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 11:44am

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