Recent News Stories

The 2012 commercial salmon fishery in Lower Cook Inlet is now in the books. Taking a look back at the season, Glen Hallowell, management biologist for the Department of Fish and Game in Homer, offers up some numbers. 

Businesses that operate with a “non-conforming use” permit in Homer and close up shop will now have more time to open their doors again without losing that status. The Homer City Council has approved a measure that will allow you 24 months.

The play “Up” opened at Pier One Theatre in Homer Friday night. It tells the real-life story of a man who dreamed one day of flying and saw it through to its conclusion, for better or for worse. 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly got an update on a long-awaited expansion project on the Sterling Highway at its meeting this week. The Cooper Landing Bypass has been in the planning stages for years, but some real first steps are scheduled to take place in 2013.

Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig Endeavor is currently operating in Cook Inlet’s Southern Cross Unit after spending much of the summer season drilling offshore from Anchor Point. But when the snow starts to fly and the ice begins to form, the rig will be looking for a winter home.

As business, industry and population continue to grow on the Kenai Peninsula, residents and elected officials continue to grapple with the question of how to facilitate that growth in terms of the size of government and the specific roles it plays. 

The U. S. Small Business Administration is making low-interest, federal disaster loans available to small businesses economically impacted by this year’s king salmon disaster. 

The Kenai Peninsula lost one of its most influential figures Wednesday.  Clayton Brockel, the founding director of Kenai Peninsula College, died. He was 86. Brockel was chosen as the first director of KPC in 1963.

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