Meet the HEA Board of Director candidates

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 21:13

Three seats on Homer Electric Association’s nine-member Board of Directors are each being sought by two candidates. The cooperative utility, which supplies electricity to approximately 23,600 member-owners on the Kenai Peninsula, will mail ballots to members on April 3 and announce election results at its annual meeting, held May 4 at Soldotna High School.

Reeling it in: Kong proves he’s still king

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:11

“Kong: Skull Island”

‘Medical Marijuana’ one to read with caution

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 17:09

A great big handful.

Tight Lines: In search of the privileged moment

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 21:08

My timing may not have been the best. I’d arrived just as a bevy of tour operators, in a carefully orchestrated display of mass confusion, were attempting to herd their clients toward a gallery of brightly colored rafts, sprawled along each side of the launch. It didn’t look like an easy task, as many of their passengers, especially the older children, were still texting, wandering as they did, oblivious to the calls to load up.

Contracts and power pooling issues in HEA’s future

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 21:05

The three people elected this year to the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors will be part of decisions about the utility’s natural gas supply contract, its continued management of the Bradley Lake hydroelectric plant, and whether or not to join a group of power producers attempting to save costs by prioritizing their buying and selling of power according to cost of generation.

Top 12 selected for Caring for the Kenai competition

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 21:05

Twelve high school students from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have been selected as finalists in this year’s Caring for the Kenai competition.

Voices of Alaska: Legislators must reach fiscal fix this session

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:54

As we reach the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session, we wish to share some thoughts about this critical time that represents a truly defining moment in our state’s history. What we do or fail to do over the next few months will send ripples through the lives of Alaskans for generations.

Op-Ed: The national illness

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:56

Many Republican leaders are leery about having their name attached to the GOP’s replacement for Obamacare, a health care overhaul they have demonized since it was passed seven years ago. But they’re having a devilish time coming up with one of their own that doesn’t make things worse.

What others say: New oil find will help state, but doesn’t solve budget problems

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:53

It seems that almost every time talk picks up about Alaska’s oil days being on the wane, a new discovery extends the horizon a bit further. On Thursday, the talk in Juneau pivoted suddenly from budget woes to potential opportunities offered by an expanded field on the North Slope, which producer partners Repsol and Armstrong.

A champion on and off the field

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:42

Soldotna High School junior Brenner Furlong has proven himself to be an amazing athlete as a running back for the SoHi Stars, being named the 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year for Alaska.