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Nanwalek residents worry ‘if this is the future of no water’

The Kenai Peninsula village is one of six Alaska communities that have dealt with water shortages this summer, a season of record heat and dryness.

New workforce development program coming to the Kenai Peninsula

The development district is collaborating with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Kenai Peninsula College, Alaska’s Institute of Technology and multiple others to find out what’s most needed.

Ombudsman report says Board of Fish violated open meetings law

Alaska State Ombudsman Alaska State Ombudsman Kate Burkhart said it was clear that the board wasn’t following the rules.

Nanwalek is rapidly running out of water

A Kenai Peninsula village is rapidly running out of water. Low snowpack and little rainfall has led Nanwalek to declare a water emergency.

Swan Lake Fire takes a toll on Homer businesses

The Swan Lake Fire is causing major delays and closures on the Sterling Highway. And that’s having a big impact on local businesses in Homer, from a loss of tourist dollars to delays in goods.

As Kenai Peninsula dries out, likelihood for fires increases

The Kenai Peninsula is drying out and this summer, fires have sprouted up in some unusual places. Scientists warn about this trend: meaning bigger fires and more of them.

Hilcorp clears some regulatory hurdles to conduct a seismic survey in lower Cook Inlet

Oil and gas development company Hilcorp is planning to survey an offshore lease site in lower Cook Inlet.

Moderate drought hits the Kenai Peninsula

After months of warm weather and little rain, the United States Drought Monitor moved the pendulum last week for the peninsula beyond just abnormally dry.

1 dead, 5 injured in Tutka Bay floatplane crash, Troopers say

A 57-year-old from Maryland died and five others were injured in a plane accident near Tutka Bay Friday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers.

NOAA is trying to encourage more observers to report sexual harassment

NOAA observers jump on board hundreds of vessels each year to make sure commercial fishers are following regulations. But many of the women who perform these duties say they experience sexual harassment.

Bill aims to make health care coverage for school districts cheaper

House Bill 156 would allow municipalities, University of Alaska employees and school districts to opt-in to the state’s health care program.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District staff vote to strike

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees voted Wednesday to strike next fall over rising health care costs.

Bear viewing industry brings in millions of dollars to Southcentral’s economy, study says

Some are using the economic study to oppose the Army Corps of Engineers draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Pebble Mine.

Women in Alaska’s fishing industry hope to curb sexual harassment

Many women in the commercial fishing industry say sexual harassment is part of the job. But, being on a boat for weeks or months at a time can make harassment hard to escape and seeking help especially difficult. Now, there’s a push to make the seas safer for women.

Homelessness among KPBSD students on the rise

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has seen a 10 percent spike in homeless students since this time last year. While it’s difficult to pinpoint a specific reason for the increase, administrators think lack of affordable housing is a factor.

What happened to Kachemak Bay shellfish?

Kachemak Bay was once abundant with crab, shrimp and other shellfish species. But by the early 1990s, populations hit rock bottom. Now a scientist and a college student are hoping to find out more about what happened.

For Kachemak City residents, DIY roadwork beats higher taxes

Kachemak City in the southern Kenai Peninsula offers grants to residents to fix roads themselves. Some residents say DIY roadwork beats higher taxes.

Lawsuit challenges state’s Medicaid policy denying transgender-related health care coverage

A transgender woman is suing the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services commissioner for denying transition-related health care coverage under Medicaid. The suit argues that prohibiting coverage for gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy is discriminatory and illegal.

Homer rallies around deceased Coast Guard member’s family

Homer residents and the local Coast Guard community are rallying around Kozloski’s family. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Coast Guard crew member dies in accident on Homer Spit

A U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory crew member died in an accident on the Homer Spit on Thursday.