Southern Peninsula Reps Outvoted To Keep Invocation Policy

Mar 23, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday voted to continue its current policy on the holding of invocations before its meetings. The only two dissenting votes came from southern peninsula representatives. 


Alaska Artist To Install Salmon Sculpture On The Spit

Mar 23, 2017
Courtesy of the Homer Foundation

A new sculpture will soon be in place on the Homer Spit. Its name is “The Giving Salmon" and it will be a six-foot bronze installation of a fish in front of the new Boat House Pavilion.

The salmon is being erected to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Homer Foundation, a philanthropic organization in the community.

State Seeks Input On Waters Designations

Mar 23, 2017
Shady Grove Oliver

 The state of Alaska is looking for input from residents about how to choose important waterways for protection.

It all starts with the Clean Water Act, which regulates pollutants and standards of quality for U.S. waters. The act outlines three designations for waterways based on their uses, quality, and ecological significance.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The U.S. Senate this week voted to overturn an Obama Administration rule that banned certain methods of killing predators on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The vote was 52 to 47.

The Obama administration wanted to ban killing bear cubs and wolves in their dens, killing bears over bait and other practices that opponents deem inhumane.

  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

Mar 21, 2017
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.