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With Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, on one side, and Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, on the other, marine pilot Peter Garay of Homer received a legislative citation, accompanied by loud applause, during a meeting of the Rotary Club of Homer-Kachemak Bay on Dec.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 9:46pm

■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesdays at noon at Froso's. Lunch is $13. For more information call 262-9814. The Soldotna chamber's 54th annual awards celebration is at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 2:52pm

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation staff who attempted to fully assess the Arness Septage Site in Nikiski through the decades were met with, according to a DEC staff email, “delays, lack of cooperation and low priority” in general for mitigating the contaminates left there.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 11:31pm

In the decades since the oil wastes dumped at the Arness Septage Site in Nikiski were cleaned up, fears about what impact remaining contaminates may have had on the area’s groundwater have grown.

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:15pm

The Arness Septage Site in Nikiski sat for years with little attention after it was excavated in the late 1980s and oil and other industry wastes dumped there had been spread out on top of the land in a process called landfarming intended to dilute them.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:24pm

The regulatory agency history of the Arness Septage Site begins in the late 1970s when James Arness filed to install a septage system on one of the two, 10-acre parcels of land his family owned in the area.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:21pm

Down a gravel road in the heart of Nikiski rests a piece of property named the Arness Septage Site.

What visitors to the site see looks like a benign piece of land, but what is soaked into the ground has some Nikiski residents fearing for their health, state environmental officials asking for more testing, two brothers defending their family name and a community asking just what exactly happened.

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 10:17pm

Myron McGahan’s family has lived in the Nikiski area for three generations. Years ago he acquired 51 acres on which he wanted to develop a housing subdivision — but he says he would not have dared consider such a plan if he knew about the nearby Arness Septage Site and a recent proposal to build a drilling waste monofill near it.

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 8:28pm

Heavy snowfall caused several scattered power outages around the Kenai Peninsula on Tuesday.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 3:33pm

Shelby Gray had potatoes and pumpkin pie clumped in her hair, two minutes into the game.

Tue, 12/25/2012 - 8:21pm


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