Recent News Stories

Kenai Peninsula residents found themselves without electric power Monday evening after the entire Homer Electric Association power grid went down. The exact cause of the outage remains a mystery.

The sockeye salmon fishery opened on the Russian River June 11th. Despite low predictions, it’s been good fishing so far. This season’s early-run biological escapement goal is 22,000 to 42,000 fish.

A house fire near downtown Homer Friday filled the skies with thick smoke, as numerous emergency responders converged on the scene. One person was killed in the fire.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released an emergency order Wednesday closing sport fishing in certain areas of the southern Kenai peninsula. King salmon runs have been down in Cook Inlet for the past few years.

The Homer Senior Center is feeling the financial pinch of hooking up its large facility to natural gas. The center has already received $100,000 in state money toward a gas conversion project but asked for another $100,000 from the City of Homer.

The Kachemak Bay Water Trail officially opened last week. There were ribbon-cutting ceremonies in Seldovia and on the Homer Spit - the suggested starting and ending points of the route.

The quarterly meeting of the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve community council was held last week. It discussed a number of recent and seasonal projects on the reserve, including the System-Wide Monitoring Program.

A busy Saturday afternoon at the Homer harbor was interrupted over the weekend by a report of a natural gas leak. The report came in shortly after noon. Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins says the leak forced an immediate evacuation of most of the harbor area.

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