Recent News Stories

It’s been more than six weeks since Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig Endeavour arrived in Alaska to begin drilling for oil and gas in Cook Inlet. But the rig remains tied up at the Homer harbor and plans for it to drill this year near Tyonek have now been scrapped.

In an effort to end the ongoing fight between commercial and charter sectors, a new plan was approved by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council at its meeting in Anchorage last week.  Both sides have expressed concerns over the council’s recommendations.

A motorcyclist injured in an vehicle accident Saturday in Homer is expected to survive his injuries. Twenty-eight--year-old Joseph Essex was transported via air ambulance helicopter to Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna and was admitted to the ICU. He is expected to recover from his injuries. 

Three Kenai Peninsula high school football teams have made it to the “big dance.” Two of them – the Homer Mariners and the Soldotna Stars – will face each other at Chugiak High School Saturday for the Medium Schools State Championship. Homer returns to the championship game for the second consecutive year. 

Three Disaster Assistance Centers will be open next week on the Kenai Peninsula to provide information and help to people using the state’s disaster recovery programs. Applications for State Individual Assistance, including the Individual Family Grant and Temporary Housing programs will be taken.

Absentee and special ballots from last week’s Borough and Municipal elections have all been counted, settling the last two contests on the Kenai Peninsula. In the unofficial results released Monday, Kelly Wolf defeated Michael Winegarden for Assembly Seat 1 by just seven votes, winning 232-225.

Two arrests have been made in a sexual assault case that has caused a lot of community concern in Homer and led to a Thursday night meeting on the subjects of sexual behavior, bullying and alcohol abuse.

Beau Burgess has won a seat on the Homer Council, defeating challenger James Dolma by just 43 votes. Burgess was appointed to the council earlier this year following the resignation of former council member Kevin Hogan.

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