Assembly to consider advance loans before bond issuance

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 22:04

Two public projects may get advances from the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s general fund before revenue bonds are issued to pay for them.

Voters approved two bond issuances on the October 2016 municipal regular election ballot. The first, which authorizes bond sales of up to $10.6 million,...

Coast Guard rescues 4 from fishing vessel

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 22:12

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Coast Guard says four people have been safely airlifted from a disabled fishing vessel in heavy seas Friday.

Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough said the initial call came early Thursday from the fishing vessel, Lady Gudny, asking for more fuel filters....

Council cracks up over catch shares

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 22:03

After four years of work on a Gulf of Alaska catch share program, the process was abruptly halted by Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten.

Everyone in the Gulf of Alaska agrees on one thing: it was the other side’s fault.

Depending on who you ask, catch shares are...

Kids' business profits go to help others

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 22:03

The Homer Sour Girls is comprised of five sweet and business-minded girls — 8-year-olds Jocelyn Stillwell, Evelyn Sherwood, Jasmine Kupetz and Katie Miller, and10-year-old Natalia Sherwood — who are raising money for Homer’s community organizations one refreshment stand at time.

It started...

Voices of Alaska: Here's one reason I love Alaska. What's yours?

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 09:38

Governor Bill Walker issued a proclamation designating 2017 as a “Year of History and Heritage” in recognition of Alaska’s sesquicentennial — the 150th year since Russia ceded its possessions and interests in Alaska to the United States. Governor Walker’s proclamation encourages all Alaskans “to...

Op-ed: The Sessions smear

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 20:03

NAACP officials have already been arrested in an anti-Jeff Sessions protest. The Alabama senator’s confirmation battle as attorney general is sure to generate lots of heat and very little light. He will likely prevail, but not before his name is dragged through the gutter in an execrable...

What others say: No state services without costs

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 20:03

And so it begins, as expected: people complaining about some state-maintained roadways not being cleared of snow fast enough.

Well, what do you expect after years of budget cuts to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and other departments, and no long-term...

Sunday: Tomahawks win rubber match against Brown Bears

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 16:05

The Kenai River Brown Bears dropped a 3-1 contest to the host Johnstown (Pennsylvania) Tomahawks on Sunday in North American Hockey League play.
The matinee served as the rubber match of the three-game series, which was much more competitive than an early October three-game series in which...

Homer wrestlers take 9th at The Gut Check

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 23:42

The Homer wrestling team took 9th place Saturday at The Gut Check in Washington. The tournament, in its fourth year, features teams from Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Homer was ninth with 111.5 points, while Toppenish (Washington) won with 173 points.

Jared Brant led Homer by making...

Soldotna girls, Kodiak boys get weekend sweeps on hardwood

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 00:21

In facing their first Northern Lights Conference opponents of the season, the Soldotna girls basketball squad passed the test.

The Stars improved to 5-0 overall this year with a pair of victories at the Soldotna Prep gym, beating the Kodiak Bears 26-22 on Friday and wrapping the weekend...