Recent News Stories

Governor Sean Parnell released his budget for the next fiscal year last Friday, and it’s nearly $1.1 billion less than the current year’s general fund spending. Two big-ticket Homer projects would be funded with state and federal dollars.

The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust has received a national honor that has only gone to a select few conservation organizations. Land trust officials hope the recognition will help them in their efforts to conserve wild lands on the Kenai Peninsula.

Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, or CINGSA, is seeking a judgment in Kenai Superior Court to clear up a property dispute. CINGSA operates the natural gas storage facility just off Bridge Access Road in Kenai.

The 2012 commercial salmon fishery in Lower Cook Inlet is now in the books. Taking a look back at the season, Glen Hallowell, management biologist for the Department of Fish and Game in Homer, offers up some numbers. 

After months of debate, the 2014 City of Homer budget is finally finished. At its Monday meeting, the Homer City Council made the last few adjustments to the $26 million budget and signed off on the document.

Tesoro Corporation has been issued a fine of more than $1 million for violating provisions of the Clean Air Act. On Thursday, the EPA announced an agreement with Tesoro. The company will pay a $1.1 million dollar fine and revamp its procedures.

As part of the ongoing “Big Read” hosted by the Friends of the Homer Public Library, members of the Pier One Theater group performed a reading from Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” at the library. Seven actors with Pier One Theater read sections of the book Tuesday night. 

Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig Endeavor is currently operating in Cook Inlet’s Southern Cross Unit after spending much of the summer season drilling offshore from Anchor Point. But when the snow starts to fly and the ice begins to form, the rig will be looking for a winter home.

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