Recent News Stories

The issue over whether or not to build a 160-foot microwave tower on the Homer bluff will live on for a while longer. In a decision issued last week, the Homer City Council is sending the matter back to the city Planning Commission.

It’s been more than six weeks since Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig Endeavour arrived in Alaska to begin drilling for oil and gas in Cook Inlet. But the rig remains tied up at the Homer harbor and plans for it to drill this year near Tyonek have now been scrapped.

     There aren’t many highways suitable for road-tripping in Alaska. But the ones we do have are dotted with plenty of interesting road-side attractions. In the first part of a series we’re calling “Roadside Attractions,” we head north about 20 miles to Anchor Point.

Senator Mark Begich visited incident command at Skyview High School for the Funny River fire last week. He attended press briefings, toured the operations center and spoke about future plans for dealing with this type of disaster.

At its meeting last week in Anchorage, the state Board of Fisheries acted on a request to look into issues affecting Upper Cook Inlet king salmon runs.  As a result, a task force has been created.

Homer residents may have noticed a petition circulating around town recently, calling for the formation of a charter commission. If the petition effort is successful, that commission would then be tasked with writing a new city charter for Homer.

The state of Alaska leased nearly 150,000 acres to oil and gas developers in a sale Wednesday. The sale represents a continued interest in development in Cook Inlet that could focus on oil drilling in the coming years.

Alaska environmental regulators are responding to two fishing boats that sank south of Homer, possibly weighed down after heavy snow. The Department of Environmental Conservation says a 100-foot-by-100-foot sheen was spotted around the site where the boats sank in Jakolof Bay.

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