Recent News Stories

Tech giant Google has named Homer as the 2013 “eCity” for the state of Alaska. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state. Google refers to its eCity award recipients as “the new digital capitals of America.” 

The state Board of Fisheries took up the issue of king salmon management at its meeting this week. The board was supposed to dive into this topic during the 2014 cycle, but given the 2012 salmon season, they got to it a year early.

About 36 percent of students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are overweight or obese – that according to a new study published by the Alaska Division of Public Health. The numbers are not much different than the rest of the state.

Just weeks after top executives for Buccaneer Alaska were fired, the company is making moves to shore up its financial situation. In a news release Wednesday, the company said it was selling off its remaining 25 percent interest in the Cosmopolitan drilling project.

The Seldovia Village Tribe’s Environmental Office has placed air monitoring equipment along Jakolof Bay Road. There is a concern the amount of dust that gets kicked up because of traffic may cause problems for area residents.

Fourteen years after being found washed up on a Halibut Cove beach, the complete skeleton of a gray whale is now gracing the exhibit hall in Homer’s Pratt Museum. Scott Bartlett, Curator of Exhibits at the Pratt Museum, says the 38-foot whale skeleton is the largest single artifact the museum has ever put on display. 

Performers with the group Quixotic have returned to Homer for shows Thursday and Friday night. The group provided workshops for residents interested in learning how to dance and perform aerial routines like members in the troupe.

Libraries in Kenai and Homer are trying to keep pace with advancing technologies and changing rules dealing with digital content. More and more services are tied to those technologies.

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