Winter King Tournament Postponed Due To Weather

22 hours ago

  The 2017 Winter King Tournament has been postponed by a week due to weather concerns.

According to a release from the Homer Chamber of Commerce, weather forecasts for the week call for continued cold temperatures and north winds.

Alaska SeaLife Center Vies For Top Aquarium In Poll

22 hours ago
Alaska SeaLife Center

  The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is one spot away from being named one of the top 10 aquariums in the country.

Each year, USA Today presents its readers’ choice awards which include top 10 lists for museums, botanical gardens, safari parks, and more.

In the aquarium category, there are currently 20 facilities across the U.S. nominated for the quality of their exhibits and visitor services.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week for March 20, 2017

Mar 20, 2017
Shahla Farzan

Ip'ut, sea snails.

Ip'ut piturnairlartut qaigyam uquanek pilirua.

Translation: The sea snails are tasty with seal oil.

Ip'ut, sea snails.

HEA To Distribute $1.5M In Capital Credits

Mar 15, 2017
Homer Electric Association

About $1.5 million in capital credits will be going back to certain members of Homer Electric Association next month.


Checks for the capital credits will be sent out during the week of April 17 to people who were members of HEA during 1986 and 1987, HEA stated in a release.



Regulators Approve Monitoring Plan For Gas Leak Impacts

Mar 15, 2017
Hilcorp Alaska

State regulators have given preliminary approval to Hilcorp's plan to monitor the environmental impacts of the gas leak in Cook Inlet.

Hilcorp, the biggest oil and gas producer in the Inlet, owns a gas line that's now leaking as much as 215,000 cubic feet per day. 


Six Candidates Vie For HEA Board Seats

Mar 15, 2017
Homer Electric Association

There will be six candidates on the ballot for the 2017 Homer Electric Association board of directors’ election. According to a release last week from HEA, association members will have the opportunity to cast their ballots later this spring.

Board members represent their home districts served by HEA and are voted in by members of those districts.

Grants Offered To Grow Orchards, 'Food Forests'

Mar 15, 2017
Alaska Division of Forestry

The Alaska Community Forestry Program is looking for creative ways to grow fruit and nut trees in the state.


The Division of Forestry through the Department of Natural Resources is seeking proposals for community orchards or “food forests” to receive grant funding.



Octopus Closed For Bycatch In Cook Inlet

Mar 13, 2017
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Fishermen in the Cook Inlet area can no longer retain octopus as bycatch this season.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced last week the closure would start effective 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 12.

While there is no open season for directed fishing for octopus, fishermen may keep the species as bycatch.

According to Fish and Game, the annual guideline harvest level for the species is 35,000 pounds.

Power Restored Following Outage In Soldotna

Mar 13, 2017
Homer Electric Association

An outage in Soldotna last Thursday left more than a hundred residents of the central Kenai Peninsula without power.

According to a March 10 release from Homer Electric Association, the outage affected customers in the area of North Kobuk Street.

Alaska Senators Decry Proposed Coast Guard Funding Cuts

Mar 13, 2017

  Both of Alaska’s U.S. senators wrote the White House budget director last week to ask him to spare the Coast Guard from the budget axe.  

According to the Washington Post and other news outlets, President Trump is planning to reduce funding for the Coast Guard by nearly 12 percent in his budget request to Congress. 

Nearly two dozen U.S. senators signed a letter asking Office of Management and Budget Director John Mulvaney to reconsider. 


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