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  • ANCHORAGE — Alaska energy planners have taken a step toward licensing for the country’s second tallest dam by submitting a two-year plan for environmental work to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Alaska Energy Authority on Friday formally submitted its Revised Study Plan outlining 5...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:50am
  • The weather has been cold and natural gas supplies in Southcentral Alaska are very tight. Enstar Natural Gas Co. distributed near-record amounts of gas in its system during recent cold weather and is drawing down supplies from a new gas storage facility on the Kenai Peninsula. Meanwhile, utilities i...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:49am
  • By Rashah McChesney Morris News Service - Alaska Vincent “Vin” Chavarrir likes to run a laundry-folding machine affectionately dubbed “Sparky” by employees at Central Peninsula Hospital. To feed a towel into the machine he just lets it slide into the machine “like...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:48am
  • Three area lawmakers told a crowd gathered Friday they were encouraged about the prospects of solving some of the state’s biggest questions — tweaking oil taxes, shrinking the state’s operating and capital budget and getting gas from the North Slope to Alaskans. House Speaker Rep. Mike Chenaul...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:44am
  • ANCHORAGE — Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday announced a proposed state budget that would limit growth in operating costs to less than 1 percent. At a news conference after unveiling the numbers in a speech to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Parnell said he is proposing an operating budget that spen...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:43am
  • It was about 5:40 a.m. in Soldotna on Friday when a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and killed 26 people. But information spreads fast and by midday several classes were paused so teachers could talk to students about what they had been texting, Facebooking and tal...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:23am
  • When it comes to salmon, southern Kenai Peninsula students get an opportunity to set aside textbooks in favor of some hands-on learning, thanks to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “Awesome,” was the one-word evaluation of the project from Fireweed Academy fifth-grader Zach Condon. The stu...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:21am
  • When Marlaina Thiel, the liaison for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition Program, and Jan O’Rourke of TUFF, Teens United for a Future, planned Sunday’s stocking stuffer party, they scheduled two and a half hours at the upstairs of Alice’s Champagne Palace. So...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:18am
  • Robert V. Freeman, a Kasilof man who was sentenced in 1999 for murdering two Kenai Peninsula women, died Sunday at the Anchorage Correctional Center. He was 71. Freeman died of natural causes, according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch. On Sunday at 4:54 p.m., the Alaska Bureau of Investigation ...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:56am
  • Teams are needed now for the March “Bowl for Kids Sake,” a fundraiser benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters. Volunteers can participate by signing up to host a team, be on a team or raise money for mentoring. No bowling ability is required. Virtual bowlers also are included. The event happens Marc...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:55am
  • A head-on collision last week in Girdwood injured an Anchor Point man. Girdwood Fire Department emergency medical technicians took Ralph E. Adams, 60, to Providence Hospital Anchorage, according to a press release issued by the Alaska State Troopers. Troopers allege Adams was driving under the influ...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:54am
  • Giving Paula Lee her smile wasn’t a simple process. First, she had to complete an application for the Give Back a Smile program, a national domestic violence program of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, or AACD, and the AACD Charitable Foundation. After her application was approved, she ...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:53am
  • It may be cold and dark in wintry Alaska, but at the Dec. 5 meeting of the Homer Downtown Rotary Club, four local teens spoke about their upcoming trip to tropical Honolulu, Hawaii. The trip isn’t about sun and surf, however. These four were practicing presentations they and two others will give a...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:35am
  • All I want for Christmas is... Santa doesn’t have to wonder what the first-grade students in Wendy Todd’s classroom at Paul Banks Elementary School want for Christmas. The youngsters’ letters make it clear what’s on their wish lists. And they aren’t just thinking of themselves. There are i...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:32am
  • Less than a day after an armed man wearing a hoody and sunglasses held up the Grog Shop liquor store, police arrested two suspects in the robbery.  Police arrested John Mumey, 50, and Terry Jean Lashley-Elliot, 32, without incident at their Hillside Place home near West Hill Road about 7:10 p.m...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:26am
  • Buccaneer Energy-Kenai Off-shore Ventures and Archer Drilling last Thursday ended their relationship for Archer to operate the $100 million Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up rig. The rig has been in the Homer Harbor since arriving last August, missing a late-summer and early fall drilling win...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:19am
  • Miracles and angels aren’t just the stuff of Christmas stories. Just ask Paula Lee. She knows something of them both. She has only to look in the mirror to see one miracle: herself smiling back.  Her smile is a gift from Give Back A Smile, a national program for survivors of domestic violence...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:17am
  • Homer High DDF took 18 students to the Eagle River High School Drama, Debate and Forensics tournament last weekend and competed with 12 schools from the Anchorage area and Seward, and brought home the following awards: Drew Turner, Owen Duffy, Neal Wimmerstedt - 3rd...

    Thu, 12/13/2012 - 12:19pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District Dec. 21: Inservice, no school. Dec. 24-Jan. 6: Winter break; no school. Jan. 14: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7 p.m.  Chapman School...

    Thu, 12/13/2012 - 12:17pm
  • Not just one or two, but five foreign exchange students representing four different countries are enrolled at Homer High School this year. Their visits to Homer represent the efforts of three different exchange programs. With thousands of miles separating them from home a...

    Thu, 12/13/2012 - 12:15pm

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