Recent News Stories

After this year’s poor fishing season, the call has been made by fishermen and political leaders for more economic data concerning the role of commercial and sportfishing in the local economy.  The first small steps toward getting that information were taken this week.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers were standing room only Monday night when Senator Peter Micciche held a public meeting about House Bill 77, the controversial piece of legislation that aims to streamline DNR permitting.

A plan to overhaul the City of Homer’s water and sewer rate structure is now on the fast track. At its meeting last Monday night, the Homer City Council heard testimony about the plan and cleared the way for its passage later this month. 

A long-time Homer physician has been elected Chief of Staff for 2013 at South Peninsula Hospital. Dr. William Bell is a family practice physician and the medical director of Homer Medical Center. He has been on the hospital’s medical staff for over 30 years.

Advocates for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve in Homer breathed a sigh of relief last week when the Senate Finance Committee reinserted $175,000 in state funding back into the budget. But the budget battle is not quite over just yet.

The Southern Kenai Peninsula Parks Advisory Board wants more walking and biking trails. The members have been making plans for months and now the board needs public input.

Five plays featured in Drama Slams of years past will vie for the “Best of Drama Slam” title this weekend at the Homer Council on the Arts. Pier One Theatre, in conjunction with the Homer Council on the Arts will present five productions both Friday and Saturday nights.

The Conoco Phillips LNG plant in Nikiski may be re-opening soon, thanks to a boost from the federal government. The Department of Energy announced Monday that it has approved a request from the company to resume LNG exports to Japan.

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