Recent News Stories

King salmon runs to the rivers of Cook Inlet are down again this year. Complicating matters for Fish and Game managers are the strong sockeye runs that commercial and personal use fishers depend on. 

Fans of raw milk might want to be on the lookout for signs of bacterial infection. Four cases of Campylobacter infection have popped up on the Kenai Peninsula and state epidemiologists are tracing to the use of raw milk.

As of Friday morning, the Funny River fire had grown to just over 67,000 acres. Officials with the Alaska Interagency Incident Management team said good progress was made Thursday containing the northeast section of the fire.

The community of Homer is still reeling from an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a teen drinking party last month. Alaska State Trooper Sergeant Jeremy Stone is the lead investigator in the case. He says his investigation is ongoing and it is “likely” that others will be charged.

The Homer harbor is usually a bustling place, especially in the summer months when huge commercial vessels, sport boats, ferries and cruise ships are all coming and going. For the last five years, the man overseeing it all has been Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins.

Crews working on the natural gas trunk line into Homer should be in the West Hill Road area later this week. According to Enstar Natural Gas, workers also will be moving toward Fairview Avenue as well. 

School districts across the nation are taking up some challenging questions following the events at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school that left 26 people dead Friday. Kenai Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater offered his thoughts over the weekend on the school’s blog.

The Homer Advisory Planning Commission decision to allow a preliminary plat for the Quiet Creek subdivision off East Hill Road will stand. The issue became so contentious after its approval last month that the Homer City Council stepped in during its meeting Monday night. 

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