Recent News Stories

As scientists attempt to better understand the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale, they are taking a closer look at what the whales eat. But studying the dining habits of beluga whales is harder than you might think.

Senate Bill 21 – the state legislature’s controversial measure to overhaul oil taxation – was passed out of the House Resources Committee Thursday, on its way to House Finance. On the same day, hundreds of Alaskans staged protests around the state.

Homer Police last week charged an Anchor Point woman with first-degree theft for taking more than $95,000 from her ex-boss, Matt Shadle.

Federal investigators arrived on the Kenai Peninsula Monday to examine the scene of a Sunday plane crash in Soldotna. They plan to pore over evidence at the crash site for the next week before moving their operation back to Washington, DC. 

Fans of raw milk might want to be on the lookout for signs of bacterial infection. Four cases of Campylobacter infection have popped up on the Kenai Peninsula and state epidemiologists are tracing to the use of raw milk.

The Homer City Council is considering changing the definition of “discontinued” in the city’s property zoning code. The wording would affect properties like the Bay View Inn that were granted a conditional-use permit after the city annexed the area in the 1980s.

Crews working on the natural gas trunk line into Homer should be in the West Hill Road area later this week. According to Enstar Natural Gas, workers also will be moving toward Fairview Avenue as well. 

School districts across the nation are taking up some challenging questions following the events at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school that left 26 people dead Friday. Kenai Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater offered his thoughts over the weekend on the school’s blog.

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