Recent News Stories

A study looking at people’s attitudes toward bears on the Kenai Peninsula has been released and for the first time, examines what humans think about human-bear interaction. Researcher Rebecca Zulueta found that, overall, people have a generally positive view of our ursine neighbors.

Buccaneer Energy’s ‘Endeavor’ jack-up rig is still parked at the Homer harbor nearly two months after its arrival. Company officials say the rig will soon be moving to drill in the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point but the State of Alaska says that’s not likely.

It’s been ten months since Grant Aviation pulled its services out of Homer, leaving behind disgruntled former customers and a $20,000 debt with the City of Homer. But the company has now settled with the city, agreeing to pay $25,000 to avoid litigation.

The Alaska Aviation Centennial Celebration is barnstorming its way through the state, bringing many antique aircraft along with it. Recently it made its way through Homer. 

The upfront costs associated with piping natural gas into houses and businesses in Homer have been a major sticking point for many residents considering the switch. The largest upfront costs will be to connect with Enstar Natural Gas Company and to replace any appliances. 

This week is the first Harvest Moon Local Foods Week on the Kenai Peninsula. There are events going on throughout the next several days focusing on local food, restaurants and stores.

 

The 2013 Lifelong Learner award will be given to Ken Castner, who has helped foster community based education in Homer. A "Celebration of Lifelong Learning" will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. at the library. Ethan Kizzia will be presented with the Youth Learner Award. 

A Christmas tradition is kicking off Thanksgiving Day in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. As of Thursday, the refuge will open for Christmas tree-cutting. The trees are free for personal use and the limit is one per household.

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