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Homer was the rig’s first stop in the United States after coming from Vancouver, British Columbia, where it was modified to prepare for drilling in Alaska.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 8:00am

The Spartan jack-up rig brought to the Cook Inlet by Escopeta Oil earlier this week was still waiting in Kachemak Bay for approval to move Tuesday. “We have to file paperwork with customs to move it,” Steve Sutherlin, a spokesman for Escopeta, said Tuesday. That’s a requirement for...

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 9:50am

The commercial setnet season was closed about a week early this year, with the season ending Sunday. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game cited the "1 percent rule" as the reason behind the closure. The rule states that if the total setnet fleet catch is less than 1 percent of the total season's c...

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 8:00am

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Wed, 08/10/2011 - 8:00am

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey talked Tuesday about a variety of topics concerning the borough’s operations. He spoke mostly of the borough¹s current efforts, but made particular note of two items. The mayor started his lunchtime presentation to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce ...

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 8:00am

Visitors to Homer are welcomed by a sign at the top of Baycrest Hill proclaiming Homer the “halibut fishing capital of the world.” Is it true?

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 8:00am

There was a time when planes would land on Soldotna's streets, the only grocery store in Kenai was Archer's and neighbors were separated by quarter and half miles. Bill Field was in the middle of it all. He homesteaded on the Kenai Peninsula in 1952, and he has lived in Nikiski full-time since 1967....

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 8:00am

An emergency order from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game brought an end to the setnet commercial fishing season Sunday, about a week earlier than the normal Aug. 15 end of the season. The emergency order closes commercial fishing with set gillnets in the Kenai, Kasilof and East Forelands Secti...

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 8:00am

Spending for medical care in Alaska is ticking along at 8 percent annual growth rates and could reach about $8 billion in 2011, according to an analysis by consulting economist Mark Foster, who tracks the health care industry. Foster has been retained by the Alaska Health Care Commission, an advisor...

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 8:00am

Gov. Sean Parnell is trying to rein in his energetic lieutenant governor, Mead Treadwell, who won a hotly contested race for the position with Parnell’s backing. The Alaska office of lieutenant governor is one of only two statewide offices, and succeeds to the governorship if the position beco...

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 8:00am

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