Recent News Stories

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.

Homer Head Start is involved in “Growing up Tobacco Free,” a three-year program aimed at helping youth avoid tobacco use through various means. Homer is one of the final 10 communities added to the program.

Officials with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have been holding meetings to discuss next year’s spending plan. During the meeting in Homer Tuesday night, one parent expressed concern over her lack of involvement in the district’s discussion of next year’s budget.

Although it was a Chinese heavy-lift vessel that brought the “Endeavour” jack-up rig to Kachemak Bay from Singapore, the rig might have carried its own unique cargo. In a press release Friday, the EPA noted the violations identified in a 2009 inspection, which involved a failure to determine if the waste being handled was hazardous and improper labeling of some substances.

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.

 

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.

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.

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