The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly got an update on a long-awaited expansion project on the Sterling Highway at its meeting this week. The Cooper Landing Bypass has been in the planning stages for years, but some real first steps are scheduled to take place in 2013.
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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will hold a public hearing on an ordinance designed to protect salmon habitat. The Borough has been in the business of regulating land use in these areas since 1996. But the latest attempt by the Assembly to keep riparian zones healthy for fish was met by a small, but vocal opposition.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its Chinook Salmon Stock Assessment and Research Plan. At the center of the proposed plan is a stock specific, life history-based approach to research focused on 12 indicator stocks, from across the state.
Opponents of a plan to build a 160-foot microwave tower in a Homer neighborhood took their argument before the City of Homer’s Board of Adjustment Tuesday night. The board has yet to make a decision whether to grant a permit for the tower’s construction.
The Alaska Marine Highway System released its 2013 summer schedule Wednesday, a little bit earlier than usual. Ferry chief Mike Neussl said in a news release that releasing the schedule early would benefit the communities and businesses served by the marine highway system, giving extra time to plan trips and to book them in advance.
Homer city officials have been discussing the need for a new public safety building. The proposed facility would house the police station, fire hall and the jail at a cost of about $15 million.
The summer drilling season is getting closer and operators in Cook Inlet have big plans for 2013. Hilcorp has submitted a request to amend its operations plan for its projects in the Ninilchik unit, onshore about 40 miles north of Homer.
Allowing a defendant to work on a fishing boat in the Bering Sea won't be a threat to the community or make him a flight risk, Judge Margaret Murphy ruled last week in a bail hearing for 20-year-old Anthony Resetarits.