Recent News Stories

Kachemak Crane Watch is hoping to gather as many citizen scientists as possible to help count cranes in the Homer area. There are two more chances for crane spotting before they migrate. The group is running two studies in tandem.

Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig Endeavor left the Homer harbor at about 8:30 a.m. Friday, heading for the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point. The rig had been moored at the harbor since arriving in Alaska from Singapore last August.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education has approved a new math curriculum, set to go into effect next school year. Rashah McChesney of the Peninsula Clarion reports the new curriculum will meet the standards adopted by the state in June.

 

It’s Alaska’s season of giving now that Pick.Click.Give. has started. There are 50 organizations on the Kenai Peninsula seeking donations through individual PFDs. In 2012, a little more than 23,000 people provided non-profit organizations with $2.2 million.

Despite several orders from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game modifying some salmon fisheries already, anglers have had ample opportunity to reel in a catch on the Russian River. Drift boats were going in and out of the water all day on the Russian.

The Kenai City Council heard public testimony Wednesday night regarding how the city will approach the personal use dipnet fishery this summer. Costs to keep the beaches clean have been going up in concert with growing crowds.

Officials and technicians with Enstar Natural Gas Company were in Homer last week to talk to a group of do-it-yourselfers with plans to convert the appliances in their homes and businesses to natural gas. The main takeaway from the discussion was "safety first." 

The Homer City Council is considering changing the definition of “discontinued” in the city’s property zoning code. The wording would affect properties like the Bay View Inn that were granted a conditional-use permit after the city annexed the area in the 1980s.

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