The federally-managed waters of Cook Inlet could open up for oil and gas exploration in the next few years. Industry interest has spurred the review of sites along the Inlet by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. In October, BOEM released its intent to draft an environmental impact statement in support of a potential sale. Scoping meetings are planned for this month around south central Alaska.
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Seven teenagers were involved in an attack on unarmed guards at a Kenai Peninsula juvenile detention facility Friday night. Five escaped the facility and were apprehended over the weekend. Three were found in Kenai and two others were located by authorities on Saturday in Nikiski. An investigation is underway to determine preventative measures for the future.
The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee is meeting Tuesday, November 11th, to discuss issues pertinent to the Kenai Peninsula and surrounding area. The committee will look into proposals for Prince William Sound, the possibility of the Board of Game shifting to a three-year cycle from its current two-year cycle, and the experimental Pollock fishery proposed for Kachemak Bay this winter. The meeting is scheduled for this evening at 6 p.m. at the NERRS building on Kachemak Drive.
There has been no effect on Kachemak Bay by radiation emitted in the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan. That’s according to test results released Monday, November 10th, by Cook Inletkeeper. Inletkeeper collected water samples just north of Yukon Island in Kachemak Bay. It then raised funds to send those samples to the Woods Hole Center for Marine and Environmental Radiation for assessment.
The annual Homer Electric Association energy and conservation fair was Saturday at Homer High School. Attendees packed the high school commons to find out the latest information on energy and conservation. This year, HEA held fairs on both the central and southern peninsula. Both attracted a similar crowd. This year’s Homer fair is estimated to have brought in about 300 to 400 visitors.
The elections are over and while some statewide races are still undetermined, the numbers are in on which areas voted for what. There are four house districts on the Kenai Peninsula. District 29 runs from Seward to Nikiski, 30 takes the Kenai and Soldotna metro areas, 31 is Kasilof to Homer, and 32 is the south side of Kachemak Bay to Kodiak, Cordova, and Yakutat. Voting statistics for the Kenai Peninsula show an interesting trend of more conservative voters in the north and liberal voters in the south.
Republicans win all four House seats and both Senate seats on the Kenai Peninsula in the 2014 Alaska General Election. Chenault, Olson, Seaton, Micciche, and Stevens keep their seats. Stutes wins House District 32. These results are unofficial.
Scientists say recently Gulf of Alaska temperatures spiked over a very short time span. The warmer temperatures are a byproduct of mild winter weather and could mean serious consequences for marine life.