Recent News Stories

Move over Kilcher family, there’s a new Homer TV celebrity in town. Four-year-old Jaelynn Thompson was chosen as Alaska’s representative in the HUB Network’s first annual “Holiday Bash,” a reality TV-inspired costume contest.

Kachemak Bay Campus Director Carol Swartz has won a Meritorious Service Award from the University of Alaska. In a news release Friday, university officials said that Swartz received the award for her contributions to the literary community and to the public.

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up a $60 billion federal disaster relief bill next week that, if passed, would provide economic relief to commercial fishermen on the Kenai Peninsula.

Homer’s new transfer facility building is up and running. Design and construction took about two-and-a-half years and cost roughly $10 million.

 

This month’s Discovery Lab at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center was focused on the effects of climate change on Kachemak Bay. The event brought together researchers working in the Kachemak Bay and Lower Cook Inlet region. 

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.

A new study from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the University of Montana takes a closer look at the spruce bark beetle epidemic that wiped out 1,500 square miles of trees on the Kenai Peninsula in the 1990s.

Razdolna and Nikolaevsk will be sharing a Russian teacher starting this fall. This is the first time in eight years either school has had a dedicated teacher for the language. Effimia Litvin will be splitting time between the two villages.

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