Recent News Stories

Although it was a Chinese heavy-lift vessel that brought the “Endeavour” jack-up rig to Kachemak Bay from Singapore, the rig might have carried its own unique cargo. In a press release Friday, the EPA noted the violations identified in a 2009 inspection, which involved a failure to determine if the waste being handled was hazardous and improper labeling of some substances.

Homer’s new transfer facility building is up and running. Design and construction took about two-and-a-half years and cost roughly $10 million.

 

A study looking at people’s attitudes toward bears on the Kenai Peninsula has been released and for the first time, examines what humans think about human-bear interaction. Researcher Rebecca Zulueta found that, overall, people have a generally positive view of our ursine neighbors.

Buccaneer Energy’s ‘Endeavor’ jack-up rig is still parked at the Homer harbor nearly two months after its arrival. Company officials say the rig will soon be moving to drill in the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point but the State of Alaska says that’s not likely.

A new study from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the University of Montana takes a closer look at the spruce bark beetle epidemic that wiped out 1,500 square miles of trees on the Kenai Peninsula in the 1990s.

Razdolna and Nikolaevsk will be sharing a Russian teacher starting this fall. This is the first time in eight years either school has had a dedicated teacher for the language. Effimia Litvin will be splitting time between the two villages.

The upfront costs associated with piping natural gas into houses and businesses in Homer have been a major sticking point for many residents considering the switch. The largest upfront costs will be to connect with Enstar Natural Gas Company and to replace any appliances. 

The “Good Friday Earthquake,” as it is now known, struck at 5:36 p.m., March 27th, 1964, and forever changed how parts of Alaska look. We’ll start our story at the earthquake’s epicenter in Prince William Sound.

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