It’s been more than one week since the Funny River fire began burning on the Kenai Peninsula. And very early on, one group from Fairbanks has been in control of the firefighting efforts.
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After eight years in office, Homer Mayor Jim Hornaday has made his mark. A former judge known for his sharp wit and no-nonsense approach to government, Hornaday will take part in his last Homer City Council meeting Monday night.
Wet weather has taken its toll on the Kenai Peninsula in recent weeks. Residents on the central peninsula have been hardest hit but on the southern peninsula, heavy rain and saturated soil has kept public works crews busy, as well.
A new addition to the Homer Electric Association’s power generation portfolio is set to go online by the end of the year. The Nikiski Combined Cycle Conversion Project is a steam turbine, fueled by the excess heat generated by an existing natural gas turbine.
A downtown Homer liquor store was robbed at gunpoint late Monday night. Homer Police said in a news release Tuesday that the Grog Shop was robbed by an unidentified adult male at about 11:30 p.m. Monday.
The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve could potentially see a $175,000 cut in state funds. Money for the KBRR comes through the Sport Fish Division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch Tuesday morning for the Kenai River, from Kenai Lake to the river's mouth. Heavy rain over the last three days has caused Kenai Lake to rise two feet, NWS said in a news release, and the lake is expected to rise another two feet over the next three days.
Homer city officials are focusing on safety improvements around the Poopdeck Trail. It’s a path that connects Hazel Avenue and Poopdeck Street to Pioneer Avenue in the city’s downtown. The move comes after the body of 61-year-old Mark Matthews was found there July 28.