The Homer City Council postponed its decision on whether or not to send a letter of concern to the U.S. Navy regarding its training activities planned for the Gulf of Alaska. KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver has the story.
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Power was out for residents from Diamond Ridge to the Old Sterling Highway for about an hour on Monday afternoon. The incident, which took place on the Old Sterling, also caused a small fire. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver reports.
The Wynn Nature Center opened for the summer season on Friday with a potluck, bringing together well-known Homerites and newcomers alike. Like many Alaskan employers, the center relies on seasonal workers for long summer hours. But, it also uses their varied backgrounds to bring something new and unique every year. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.
The Division of Forestry issued a burn suspension for the Kenai Peninsula Monday morning. The peninsula is near perfect fire starting conditions amid low humidity, high temperatures and severe dryness. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.
A wildfire burning on the central Kenai Peninsula had consumed about 150 acres and destroyed six structures near the community of Sterling by Monday evening. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.
A Texas-based company will begin drilling for oil in Cook Inlet next year using extended-reach oil wells. BlueCrest Energy plans to drill onshore about six miles north of Anchor Point. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler attended informational meetings in Homer and Anchor Point this week. The participants seemed split between hope for an economic jump start and worry for the project’s safety.
Several coastal communities, including Kodiak, Cordova, and Homer, have held both land-based and fishing boat flotilla protests over the last few weeks to voice their concerns about planned Navy and joint military training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver went to the protest in Homer on Friday and reports residents there just hoped their concerns would be listened to.
After 23 years of service the US Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island is being put out to pasture. The cutter was officially decommissioned Thursday morning and she is being prepped for a long voyage to Baltimore, Maryland. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler attended the farewell ceremony for the cutter at the Homer Elks Lodge.