Another step toward relief for Cook Inlet fishermen was taken Thursday. In a letter to Governor Sean Parnell, acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank declared that failed commercial fisheries in Cook Inlet constitute a fishery resource disaster.
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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater has been named Superintendent of the Year for by the Alaska Association of School Administrators.
Although it was a Chinese heavy-lift vessel that brought the “Endeavour” jack-up rig to Kachemak Bay from Singapore, the rig might have carried its own unique cargo. In a press release Friday, the EPA noted the violations identified in a 2009 inspection, which involved a failure to determine if the waste being handled was hazardous and improper labeling of some substances.
The City of Homer recognized one of its newly-famous citizens Monday night – Mrs. America pageant winner Vicki Sarber. Sarber – a stay-at-home mom of three children – won the Mrs. America pageant last month in Tuscon, Arizona.
The people of Homer will have to wait a couple more weeks to see whether or not a city-wide ban on disposable plastic shopping bags will go into effect. Last week, Homer Mayor Jim Hornaday vetoed the plastic bag ban but the city council took no action on the mayor’s veto at its meeting Monday night.
While it currently consists of 20-year-old degraded plastic planks, the Beluga Slough Trail in Homer will soon be receiving a new, elevated metal-grating walkway that is designed to be safer and more environmentally friendly.
Although the deadline for dipnetters to report their catch to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has expired, the department would still like to receive the reports.
U.S. Senator Mark Begich introduced an amendment Tuesday to employ military veterans as coordinators of community clean-ups of marine debris from the Japanese tsunami of last year. Begich and co-sponsors offered the amendment to the Veterans Job Corps Act of 2012, which is being considered in the Senate this week.