Recent News Stories

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.

Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig “Endeavor” was originally supposed to be in Kachemak Bay for only six days before moving on to drill near Tyonek on the west side of Cook Inlet. Due to work being done to the massive rig, however, it has been in place outside the Homer harbor for almost a month. And now, the rig has done something that is normally not allowed in Kachemak Bay – it has lowered its 410-foot legs down to the sea floor.

The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce, ended Saturday night at 9 p.m., leaving a California fisherman $10,000 richer. And his bounty will have a direct impact on the community.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough has agreed to construct a new building for the purpose of storing hazardous waste, as part of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency. The Borough was levied the fines following a 2009 inspection of a storage facility in Soldotna.

Last week, West Homer Elementary’s teachers welcomed community elders and grandparents into their classrooms for "Elders for Education Day," a new tradition that teachers hope will foster a strong and lasting connection between the classroom and Homer’s elders.

The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is having an open house and presentation in Anchorage that will detail a Sterling Highway construction project extending onto the Kenai Peninsula.

The Holland America cruise ship M/S Amsterdam has completed its 2012 “Alaskan Explorer” tour – with ports of call in Kodiak and Homer – a bit prematurely. The cruise line announced Friday that, due to a nasty weekend weather forecast, the ship would abandon plans to make a final stop in Homer and Kodiak.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough has agreed to build a new hazardous waste storage facility. That announcement comes after the Borough was assessed a fine by the Environmental Protection Agency for violating federal waste management rules at the current facility in Soldotna.

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