Recent News Stories

Each year, hundreds of fishermen brave the cold weather and sometimes choppy seas to compete in the Winter King Salmon Tournament in Homer. Pete Wedin has tried his hand at catching the heaviest fish for the last 16 years and he was out on the water again this year.

Congress has just a few weeks to act on the request for federal disaster aid to local fishermen affected by this year’s historically low run of king salmon.  The Alaska congressional delegation Tuesday received some updated information.

It’s Alaska’s season of giving now that Pick.Click.Give. has started. There are 50 organizations on the Kenai Peninsula seeking donations through individual PFDs. In 2012, a little more than 23,000 people provided non-profit organizations with $2.2 million.

Despite several orders from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game modifying some salmon fisheries already, anglers have had ample opportunity to reel in a catch on the Russian River. Drift boats were going in and out of the water all day on the Russian.

The City of Homer is fighting one of the biggest court battles in its history – a $75 million lawsuit brought by the mother of a two-year-old boy who was seriously injured during a 2006 shootout between police and a wanted fugitive at the Homer Airport.

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.

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