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Kenai and Ketchikan might be more than a thousand miles apart, but charter fishing operators are finding a stronger tie than the map might indicate. When a river in one place in Alaska closes, guides throughout the state feel the hit. “Bad news anywhere in the state translates to a dropoff everywh...

Tue, 09/18/2012 - 8:24am

The Cooper Landing bypass idea is still alive. The Alaska Department of Transportation is pushing forward on the decades-old idea of rerouting traffic through a new section of the Sterling Highway built around Cooper Landing and the stretch of road that hasn’t seen major improvement since it was f...

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 8:45am

A May 3 fire destroyed much of Herb Stettler’s 10-foot-by-50-foot trailer, melting his television, destroying all of the kitchen and burning memorabilia and framed photos of himself and local and state politicians he treasured. But the fire didn’t take Stettler’s optimism. “Fantastic,” Ste...

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 8:41am

At sundown today Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins.  For many it is a time of reflection, family gatherings, sweet food and for one Nikiski woman, a foray into sharing her celebration with curious Christian friends. Kristine Dohse’s journey into discovering the “Hebraic Roots” of...

Sat, 09/15/2012 - 9:12pm

Buccaneer Energy officials say a preliminary report generated by an independent biologist shows there is no risk of invasive species on the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up rig currently stationed near Homer in Kachemak Bay. “The preliminary report is in and it states that no living organi...

Sat, 09/15/2012 - 9:16pm

A group tasked with examining recent protections added to local anadromous lakes and streams asked pointed questions of an expert on where, how and if near shore lake habitat should be protected. During a Thursday meeting at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers, the Anadromous Fish Habitat ...

Sat, 09/15/2012 - 9:15pm

Downed power lines knocked out power to 1,700 homes off of Kalifornsky Beach Road Saturday, said Joe Gallagher, Homer Electric Association spokesperson. A tree fell on the power lines in the area of Mallard Drive at about 11:15 a.m., Gallagher said. At 12:40 p.m. HEA crews responding to the incident...

Sat, 09/15/2012 - 7:23pm

Fire damaged the Schlumberger Oilfield Services facility along the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski on Friday closing the highway for several hours, said James Baisden, Nikiski Fire Department chief. After the fire department extinguished the fire at 9:21 p.m., much of the building had received signifi...

Fri, 09/14/2012 - 11:02pm

Although the Kang Sheng Kou heavy-lift vessel brought the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up rig to Cook Inlet waters from Singapore, the Endeavour rig might have carried its own unique cargo. Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials confirmed Wednesday they have been communicating with th...

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 8:26am

During his seven-year career with the City of Soldotna, building official Ralph Linn hasn’t seen anything similar. Kyle Kornelis, the city’s engineer, has put in a lot of overtime hours this year. Both area dealing with the $60 million in construction that has funneled through their offices this...

Fri, 09/14/2012 - 8:50am


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