Shady Grove Oliver

Many communities located off the beaten path still have roads. Because there are roads, there are people who want to drive on them. That’s the crux of an issue currently before the legislature on the subject of off-highway driver’s licenses that’s sparked debate about the definition of highways as they relate to coastal communities.


HEA Warns Of Phone Scam On Unpaid Electric Bills

Mar 28, 2017
Homer Electric Association

There’s a new phone scam making its way around Homer. According to a release from Homer Electric Association, the co-op has been receiving reports from members of suspicious phone calls over the last few days.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Cook Inlet area state waters Pacific cod season is now closed to vessels greater than 58 feet in length that are fishing with pot gear. The closure went into effect at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 25.

Hilcorp Shuts Down Two Cook Inlet Oil Platforms

Mar 28, 2017
Hilcorp Alaska

Hilcorp announced Saturday that after discussions with Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, it’s shutting down two oil platforms in Cook Inlet in response to an ongoing leak from a gas line. The pipeline carries natural gas from shore to power four oil platforms in Cook Inlet. Two of the platforms have already been shut down.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week for March 27, 2017

Mar 27, 2017
Creative Commons

Caqallqat, seaweed.

Caqallqat alliqiurtut awa.

Translation: The seaweed are starting to appear.

Caqallqat, seaweed. 

Longtime Homer Doctor Set To Retire

Mar 24, 2017
South Peninsula Hospital

A longtime family physician in Homer is retiring.

After 20 years in practice, Dr. Randy Wiest is stepping down from medical practice at the end of this month, according to a release from South Peninsula Hosptital.

For the last two decades, Wiest has worked at the Homer Medical Center and as a member of the active medical staff at South Peninsula Hospital.

As needed, he also worked in the hospital’s emergency department and acute care unit, the hospital says.

Hilcorp Ordered To Inspect Second Pipeline For Damage

Mar 24, 2017
Hilcorp Alaska

Federal regulators are raising concerns about a second pipeline in Cook Inlet.

It's been more than a month since the oil and gas company Hilcorp discovered a leak in a natural gas pipeline fueling one of its offshore drilling platforms. 

Power Outage Attributed To Felled Tree

Mar 24, 2017
Shahla Farzan

  A fallen tree led to a power outage for dozens of Homer residents late last week.

Homer Electric Association says the outage lasted from about 2 to 4 p.m. on March 16.

In total, it affected 85 power customers in the area of Diamond Ridge and Kay Court.

HEA Rates To Go Down Slightly Next Quarter

Mar 24, 2017
Homer Electric Association

  Monthly charges for Homer Electric Association members will be going down over the next few months.

According to a recent release, HEA said it recently proposed a nearly 7 percent decrease to its cost of power adjustment rate for the upcoming quarter.

The rate will drop from about .073 cents per kilowatt hour to about .068 cents.

Assembly Votes Down Moment Of Silence In Place Of Invocation

Mar 24, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Borough

On Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down an ordinance that would have repealed the invocation policy as it currently stands. The final vote was seven to two against, with only Assembly President Kelly Cooper and Assembly Member Willy Dunne in favor of passing it.

Overall, public testimony on the invocation policy lasted for more than an hour. Here is a sampling of some of the comments heard at the meeting:  



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