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The $2.94 billion state capital budget for fiscal year 2013 approved in the closing hours of the 2012 legislative session is chock-full of projects. The good news, however, is that the spending total is within the range that Gov. Sean Parnell and legislative leaders agreed on, and Parnell says he wi...

Sat, 04/21/2012 - 9:43am

EAGLE RIVER (AP) — Although the heavy winter snow may have them wanting to hit the snooze button, it won't be long before local bears begin to rise and shine for the spring. That means now is the time to begin making preparations to avoid dangerous encounters with Alaska's most notorious forest dw...

Sat, 04/21/2012 - 9:13am

The question isn't if debris dislodged by last year's Japanese tsunami will reach the central Kenai Peninsula's shores or not. It's when and how much, said Patrick Chandler, special programs coordinator at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer. That debris, some of which is suspected to ha...

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 8:31am

Kenai Peninsula College student Hannah Heath had a simple explanation of why one would come to the college's Kenai River Campus to celebrate Earth Day. "What's not cool about our Earth?" she said with a laugh sitting in the McLane Commons Thursday. The fourth annual Earth Day event at KPC, organized...

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 8:37am

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will offer three additional pre-kindergarten programs for the 2012-2013 school year. The programs, funded with federal Title 1 grant money, will be available at Paul Banks Elementary in Homer, Seward Elementary and Sterling Elementary. With the newly offer...

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 8:43am

Buccaneer Energy announced Wednesday it has agreed to purchase the Glacier No. 1 Drilling Rig from Glacier Drilling Company, a subsidiary of Marathon Oil, for $7.5 million. The acquisition is scheduled to settle on June 7 and will be funded by a $20 million project finance facility, according to a p...

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 8:40am

The Soldotna City Council held a special meeting Tuesday in order to discuss a handful of ongoing projects. "The main reason we had a special meeting was the scheduling of those projects," Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche said. The council approved a resolution that authorizes the city manager to execu...

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 8:31am

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday continued discussion of an ordinance that could mean major changes to how residents are placed on the borough's various service area boards. At its meeting in Seward, the assembly postponed Ordinance 2012-07, which would establish a process to appoint ...

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 8:28am

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Thu, 04/19/2012 - 8:24am

A young girl was struck by a vehicle near the VIP Subdivision on Kalifornsky Beach Road Tuesday evening. The hit-and-run accident occurred at 6:25 p.m. Alaska State Troopers and Central Emergency Services responded to the scene and found an injured 7-year-old girl. She was receiving treatment from a...

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 11:07am

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