Photo Courtesy of Taz Tally

Homer resident Taz Tally is one of 20 delegates representing Alaska at the Democratic National Convention underway in Philadelphia. He says it is an honor to represent the state.

“Well it is an honor and it is pretty darn exciting to be here in Philly to represent Alaska,” said Tally.

Jenny Neyman

The Kenai River is seeing less sockeye in recent days but more fishing opportunity starting July 22.


Image Courtesy of the NTSB

Two Homer-based commercial air taxis were involved in an incident at a popular bear-viewing spot near Lake Clark National Park and Preserve on the west side of Cook Inlet Tuesday, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

“The two commercial air taxis were K-Bay and Cook Inlet Aviation and K-Bay had passengers on board,” said Williams Shaun Williams, an Air Safety Investigator with the NTSB.

Jenny Neyman

As part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice, the Tesoro refinery in Nikiski will spend millions of dollars to reduce emissions that are potentially harmful to public health and the environment.


Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI

If you live in the Homer area, you may have noticed the view across Kachemak Bay becoming hazy over the past few days.

Alaska fire officials confirmed Tuesday that the haze is smoke coming from fires burning around the region.

Tim Mowry, with the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center says it is likely that most of the smoke is being blown south along the Kenai Mountains into the area.  

An unexpected funding shortfall had the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board considering speeding up cuts to busing on the southern Kenai Peninsula.

A former hockey coach at Kenai Central and Soldotna high schools has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing minors over a span of 14 years. So far, seven victims have been identified, according to Alaska State Troopers.

55-year-old Bradley Elliot was arrested July 13 and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai after a search warrant was served on his Sterling home. He faces 37 counts, including sexual abuse of a minor, child pornography and misconduct involving a controlled substance. He allegedly provided steroids to victims as a form of bribery, according to troopers.

Photo courtesy of the Alaska Division of Forestry

Tuesday a.m. update: The Seward Highway was restricted to one-lane traffic at 5 a.m. Tuesday, after the McHugh Creek Fire expanded toward the road.

Activity on the fire picked up Monday evening, with spot fires jumping the retardant line and spreading within 1.7 miles of the Rainbow Valley Subdivision to the north. The Anchorage Fire Department and Alaska Division of Forestry are evaluating potential evacuations of the Rainbow Valley Subdivision to the north and the Potter Creek Subdivision 2.5 miles to the south.

As of Tuesday morning, the fire was estimated at 200 acres, and Forestry has 100 personnel on scene, as well as fixed wing and helicopter support.

Original story:

Air tankers, helicopters and hotshot crews continue to try to contain a 60-acre wildfire burning near the McHugh Creek trailhead along Turnagain Arm near Anchorage.


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