The new legislative session starts in two weeks, and with the price of crude oil continuing its free-fall, Alaska's senators and representatives will be scrambling to make ends meet. Senator Gary Stevens foresees bleak times ahead for towns wanting to spruce up their infrastructure on the state's dime.
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A Homer businesswoman says a powerful tax provision gives people the chance to use regular donations to their favorite nonprofits to support their local businesses. She says the additional support will be especially meaningful during the winter when work is hard to come by and business is slow. The tax maneuver is simple and potentially effective, but the full impact to non-profits is still unknown.
The Center for Water Advocacy and the Kachemak Bay Water Trail Association successfully launched their first paddle of the year along the Homer Spit this weekend. The water was smooth and the paddlers reached their destination without mishap. After their successful trip the paddlers celebrated with a simple beach-side barbecue.
The 2015 groundfish fisheries outlook is here for Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet. The guideline harvest level isn't set yet for Prince William Sound sablefish, while the GHL decreases for sablefish in Cook Inlet. Pacific cod in Cook Inlet will see a higher GHL than in 2014. Many of the other fisheries will stay relatively unchanged from last year.
2014 was a big year for peninsula news. From wildfires to elections to unbelievable adventures, the Kenai was buzzing with hot stories from January to December. Here's a look at 2014, the year in review!
The National Marine Fisheries Service held outreach meetings in Kodiak and Homer in December. Fishermen and NMFS representatives discussed the North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer program including upcoming changes for 2015 and feedback from fishermen.
The Homer icon, Alice’s Champagne Palace, had its grand opening under new owners on Solstice weekend. The classic bar and eatery was packed from opening to closing. Visitors to the "new" Alice's were happy to see the old bar back in business, but with some marked improvements.
The City of Homer will say farewell to long time City Manager Walt Wrede this month. Wrede’s replacement hasn’t been hired yet, but the city has taken on a temporary replacement. Recently, incoming Interim City Manager Marvin Yoder sat with KBBI to discuss his qualifications, his thoughts on the transition, and his plans to serve Homer as a temporary city manager.