Recent News Stories

Since Buccaneer Energy arrived on the scene in Alaska in the summer of 2011, it has seen a few victories and a host of unexpected problems. Thanks to incentives  and investment of taxpayer dollars, the company had big plans for Alaska.

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.

The Board of Directors for Buccaneer Energy has a new look again, just weeks after an attempt to overtake the board by two Singapore-based investment companies was only partially successful. In a press release, the company announced three of the six board members resigned.

The skeleton of a gray whale that washed up on the shore of Halibut Cove in 1999 was recently moved into the lobby of the Pratt Museum in Homer and is currently being assembled to feature in a new exhibit.

A Homer man has started an unusual business – selling hand-crafted belts, wallets and iPhone cases made out of South African ostrich skin. Ivan Heimbuch got the idea for his new business venture completely by accident.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just released its annual U.S seafood landings report for 2011. It shows the volume of fish caught is up from the year before with Alaska in the lead.

Skaters from across the state were in Nikiski over the weekend for the Heroes versus Villains roller derby mixer. Some players donned costumes and played as their favorite good or bad guy. Kenai’s own Far North Derby Dollz hosted the event, which is now in its second year.

Business and property owners in Homer’s Old Town neighborhood are considering ways to make the area more unified and walkable. Bunnell Street Art Gallery is leading the charge to play up the neighborhood’s culture.

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