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Kenai Peninsula Borough Takes on Cannabis Cultivation Outside City Limits

Kenai Peninsula Borough Takes on Cannabis Cultivation Outside City Limits

Kenai Peninsula residents overwhelmingly turned out in support of establishing cannabis agribusiness in the borough, or at least not restricting it too much this early in the game.

January 22, 2015
Environmental Groups Support EPA’s Proposal on Chemical Dispersant Use

Environmental Groups Support EPA’s Proposal on Chemical Dispersant Use

The Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal last week to review the use of chemical dispersants in oil spill response. An environmental group based in Homer was part of the first push to change the existing dispersant rules.

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January 19, 2015

Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race Postponed

Wind, heavy rain, and temperatures at times nearing 50 degrees on the Kenai Peninsula mean the Tustumena 200 sled dog race won’t be running February 7th as planned. And race coordinators aren’t even confident it will run at all this year.

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January 14, 2015
Local Filmmaker to Document Cook Inlet Trek

Local Filmmaker to Document Cook Inlet Trek

Bretwood Higman and Erin McKittrick are well known in Alaska for taking daring expeditions with their two young children, Katmai and Lituya. Now, a Homer filmmaker is producing a documentary about one of their most adventurous trips- around Cook Inlet.

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January 5, 2015

North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program Sees Changes in 2015

The National Marine Fisheries Service held outreach meetings in Kodiak and Homer in December. Fishermen and NMFS representatives discussed the North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer program.

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December 30, 2014
$41,000 Raised for Victims of Christmas Day Crash

$41,000 Raised for Victims of Christmas Day Crash

An Anchor Point girl is in stable condition after losing both of her legs in a traffic accident on Christmas Day.

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December 29, 2014
Alice’s Champagne Palace to Open Solstice Weekend

Alice’s Champagne Palace to Open Solstice Weekend

The Homer icon, Alice’s Champagne Palace, will open for the first time under new management on December 19th.

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December 23, 2014

State Releases Design Study For Tustumena Ferry Replacement

The ferry Tustumena is getting old. For the last few years, the state has been looking into options for repairing or replacing the aging vessel, which serves parts of Southcentral and Southwestern Alaska, Kodiak Island, and the Aleutian chain. On Dec. 2, the Department of Transportation released the design study report for a replacement vessel with an estimated construction cost of $237 million.

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December 2, 2014

Experimental Pollock Seine Fishery Opens in Cook Inlet

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is conducting a test fishery for walleye pollock using seine gear that starts today and runs through February.

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December 1, 2014

Sterling Highway Crash Leaves 1 Dead, Several Injured

A crash Tuesday on the Sterling Highway has left one motorist dead and several others injured.

November 26, 2014
NOAA Designates Kachemak Bay a Habitat Focus Area

NOAA Designates Kachemak Bay a Habitat Focus Area

Ocean acidification and climate change have become more prominent topics of conversation over the past few years, especially in areas heavily dependent on the sea, like Alaska.

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November 21, 2014
Candlelight Vigil Raises Awareness About Homeless Students

Candlelight Vigil Raises Awareness About Homeless Students

The sign that marks the entrance to Farnsworth Park reads “Dedicated to the children of Soldotna.” During the day, kids can often be seen playing on the equipment or in the grass. But the nighttime vigil held at the park was for kids who often go unseen.

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November 14, 2014

5 Escape Juvenile Detention Facility, Apprehended Over Weekend

Seven teenagers were involved in an attack on unarmed guards at a Kenai Peninsula juvenile detention facility Friday night. Five escaped the facility and were apprehended over the weekend.

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November 10, 2014

Republicans Sweep Peninsula Elections

Republicans win all four House seats and both Senate seats on the Kenai Peninsula in the 2014 Alaska General Election. Chenault, Olson, Seaton, Micciche, and Stevens keep their seats. Stutes wins House District 32. These results are unofficial.

November 5, 2014

Federally-Managed Cook Inlet Waters Could Open Up For Oil, Gas Exploration

The federally-managed waters of Cook Inlet could open up for oil and gas exploration in the next few years. Industry interest has spurred the review of sites along the Inlet by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. BOEM held the first of two meet-and-greets yesterday with Peninsula residents to reopen the conversation about the proposed sale. Today, it released its intent to draft an environmental impact statement in support of a potential sale.

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October 21, 2014

Great Alaska Shakeout Preps Alaskans For Future Quakes

This year was the 50th anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake. And, earlier this summer, a magnitude 6.2 quake shook Southcentral Alaska.

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October 15, 2014
NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Deadly 2013 Soldotna Crash

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Deadly 2013 Soldotna Crash

A plane crash in Soldotna last summer resulted in the deaths of 10 people. The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary findings on the crash this week.

September 22, 2014

Alaska SeaLife Center Names Sea Lion Pup

A very special Stellar sea lion pup got a name last week at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. He’s the result of a special breeding and research program looking into the decline of the endangered marine mammals in the state.

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September 15, 2014

Search Suspended For Missing Kayaker

The official search has been suspended for a missing kayaker on the Kenai Peninsula, pending new information.

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September 12, 2014

Extra-Tropical System Makes Way Up Alaska’s Southwest Coast

The storm system making its way up the southwestern coast of Alaska is bringing rain and high winds.

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September 11, 2014