Recent News Stories

Fisheries scientists gathered in Solotna Thursday for a presentation on years-long study of Cook Inlet beluga whales. The information those scientists shared provides a baseline for future studies of belugas.

A new book by longtime Alaska journalist Tom Kizzia hits bookstores Tuesday. “Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier” details the story of Robert Allen Hale, better known to Alaskans as “Papa Pilgrim.”

The annual Kachemak Bay Writer’s Conference is set to take place this June in Homer and registration is currently open. This year’s speaker is poet Naomi Shihab Nye, a world-renowned poet who is the author or editor of more than 30 volumes of poetry.

It’s been more than one week since the Funny River fire began burning on the Kenai Peninsula. And very early on, one group from Fairbanks has been in control of the firefighting efforts.

Wet weather has taken its toll on the Kenai Peninsula in recent weeks. Residents on the central peninsula have been hardest hit but on the southern peninsula, heavy rain and saturated soil has kept public works crews busy, as well.

A new addition to the Homer Electric Association’s power generation portfolio is set to go online by the end of the year. The Nikiski Combined Cycle Conversion Project is a steam turbine, fueled by the excess heat generated by an existing natural gas turbine.

A downtown Homer liquor store was robbed at gunpoint late Monday night. Homer Police said in a news release Tuesday that the Grog Shop was robbed by an unidentified adult male at about 11:30 p.m. Monday.

The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve could potentially see a $175,000 cut in state funds. Money for the KBRR comes through the Sport Fish Division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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