Recent News Stories

Homer residents may have noticed construction crews installing sections of natural gas pipeline around town. After completing Phase One of the gasline build-out last year, Enstar Natural Gas Company is now working on Phase Two.

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Good Friday earthquake, which devastated many communities in Alaska, including those on the Kenai Peninsula. The anniversary has emergency planners asking the question, “Are we ready for the next ‘big one?’”

Enstar Natural Gas Company is focused on building a gasline network throughout the Homer Special Assessment District. At a workshop Friday morning at the Kachemak Community Center, new gas customers were signing up for the service.

Plans for a 29-mile pipeline underneath Cook Inlet were announced Wednesday. Cook Inlet Energy, one of many new players in the area, is the company applying for a right-of-way lease from the Department of Natural Resources.

A proposal to put a bronze statue of Brother Asaiah Bates at WKFL Park in downtown Homer has drawn some controversy. After the Homer City Council sent the plan back to committee at its last meeting, it appears the community conversation will continue.

South Peninsula Hospital is the first public building in Homer to have natural gas service. Governor Sean Parnell, hospital staff and other state officials were on hand July 25 for a valve-turning event to celebrate.

The U.S. Air Force band Top Cover was in Homer this week and one of the group’s shows was at Homer Middle School. The band consists of two vocalists, a guitar player, drummer, bass player and keyboardist. The majority of the tunes the band plays are covers of pop songs.

Alaska has diverse ecosystems that can be thrown off-balance by non-native animals and plants. This spring, the Department of Natural Resources and Fish and Game held joint training sessions on managing invasive species on the Kenai Peninsula.

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