Recent News Stories

Students from central and southern Kenai Peninsula schools gathered at the Anchor River Friday to learn about the salmon life cycle. This was the kick-off to the Salmon in the Classroom program.

The annual Homer Shorebird Festival is set to kick off in May but this year, the Homer Chamber of Commerce is making some small changes. Upon registering, attendees will be provided with proof of their registration that will grant them access to all events.

The Homer City Council meets tonight and one subject on the agenda promise to generate plenty of discussion. Council member Bryan Zak has proposed to reinstitute the city’s 4.5 percent sales tax on non-prepared foods during the winter months.

Buccaneer Energy is having a busy summer. The company’s jack-up rig Endeavor is finishing a drilling project at the Cosmopolitan Unit in southern Cook Inlet while plans are being made to drill onshore near Homer.

As BP’s trial gets underway to determine its responsibility in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, there are questions here about the ability of oil companies to be able to clean up a spill. Sen. Peter Micciche says there are a couple ways to set accountability standards.

High prices for pink salmon have spurred interest in hatchery operations in Kachemak Bay. Kenai-based Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association has applied with the State of Alaska to reopen a hatchery in Port Graham that closed six years ago.

Birders from across the country were in Homer over the weekend for the Kachemak Shorebird Festival. A bird calling contest at Homer Brewing Company was among the weekend’s events. A rowdy crowd of about 50 people gathered at the brewery Friday night.

Representatives from Enstar were in Homer again last Wednesday night, discussing options for homeowners interested in hooking up to the natural gas pipeline. Construction on the trunk line into town is expected to begin February.

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