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FCC REACHES $2.4 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH GCI

FCC REACHES $2.4 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH GCI

FCC REACHES $2.4 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH GCI FOR
WIRELESS 911 OUTAGES IN ALASKA

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 – The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau has reached a $2.4 million settlement with General Communication, Inc. (GCI), resolving an investigation into five 911 service outages that occurred on the company’s wireless network in various parts of Alaska between August 2008 and April 2016. As part of the settlement, GCI has agreed to strengthen its procedures for providing 911 service and to adopt robust compliance measures to ensure that …

July 6, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Plane piloted by Alaska Dispatch News owner crashes in Halibut Cove

Plane piloted by Alaska Dispatch News owner crashes in Halibut Cove

By Annie Zak
Alaska Dispatch News

A single-engine plane piloted by the owner of Alaska Dispatch News crashed Sunday night in Halibut Cove.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska office chief Clint Johnson said witnesses reported the single-engine plane struck a tree. The plane, a float-equipped Cessna 206, then crashed into the water and sustained substantial damage, Johnson said. There was only one person on board, and no injuries, he said.

Alice Rogoff, publisher and owner of the state’s largest newspaper, was flying the aircraft. In a statement, Brent …

July 6, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Hiker injured by brown bear on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Hiker injured by brown bear on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Late Sunday afternoon, July 3, a lone female hiker encountered a brown bear and was bitten on the upper leg
while hiking with her two dogs on the Lower Kenai River Trail on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
The woman began hiking back towards the trailhead along Skilak Lake Road with one of the dogs and was
helped by other hikers. She was driven to Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna where she was treated and
released. The second dog was later found and has been reunited with its owner.
The hiker reported …

July 6, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

SNAGGING PERMITTED IN THE NICK DUDIAK FISHING LAGOON

SNAGGING PERMITTED IN THE NICK DUDIAK FISHING LAGOON


AND ADJACENT WATERS JULY 1 – 4

The Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon and adjacent water (excluding the Homer Boat Harbor) are open to snagging beginning at noon Friday, July 1 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 4.

The areas open to snagging include the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon and the waters from the Homer City Dock (near the entrance to the Homer Boat Harbor) northwest along the east side of the Homer Spit to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game …

July 1, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Power outage impacts Homer area

Power outage impacts Homer area

PRESS RELEASE – Homer Electric Association responded to a power outage on Tuesday evening, June 21, that impacted approximately 900 HEA members in the Homer area.
The outage was the result of a broken insulator on a power pole near the Homer Fire Hall on Heath Street.
When the insulator broke, the wire fell to the ground and on to an electrical junction box.
The downed line, which was energized at 25 kilovolt, created a power surge on the circuits coming out of the 12 kilovolt junction box. The resulting …

June 22, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Fishing rate scuffle dominates council meeting

Fishing rate scuffle dominates council meeting

How much boats in the Homer Harbor pay to tie up to the dock was again the subject of heated testimony this week at the Homer City Council chambers as small and large boat owners weighed in on the recommendations made by the Port and Harbor Advisory Commission to increase fees.
While most who testified expressed gratitude for the harbor facilities and a readiness to pay for those services, speakers were largely split on the issue of who should pay what. Small boat owners mainly testified that …

June 14, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Bears spotted on the ridge top

Bears spotted on the ridge top

We live in bear country. No one forgets that — especially this time of year. But it’s not every day when you see one in your backyard, in front of your car on the road, or ready to walk right in your front door.
“Wednesday morning around 4 a.m., the dog started barking,” said Dana Guidi, who lives on Diamond Ridge near West Hill. “We saw a moose — and then a bear.”
“The mama moose came into the yard, and the brown bear took the baby …

June 8, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Spruce aphid damage seen throughout area

Spruce aphid damage seen throughout area

Once again, we witness the reddening of spruce trees on the Kenai Peninsula. This time, however, the voracious spruce bark beetle isn’t to blame. A new invasive insect is taking to the trees; the spruce aphid.
For two years, the aphid has been spotted over parts of the peninsula; but this spring the evidence of their work is evident. The red/orange needles that appear burnt is all that’s left after the spruce aphid sucks all the fluid out of the tree’s needles.

June 8, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Local youth creates career from welding art

Local youth creates career from welding art

Throughout high school, Hayden Chase excelled in technical programs: auto, shop, construction and welding.
“When I started out in welding class my freshman year, it was awesome,” Chase said. “My teacher, Mickey Todd, pushed me to be the best I could be.”
During a meeting with his school counselor that same year, Chase announced that he was going to be a welder and work on the North Slope. When the counselor asked what his “plan B” was, Chase told him that he didn’t need one. If he wanted to …

June 8, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Acorn Enterprises: vacuum and mops ‘part of the family’

Acorn Enterprises: vacuum and mops ‘part of the family’

Candy Edwards refers to her vacuum as “Nigel,” her mop as “Cinderella” and her feather duster as “Rex.”
For the past 27 years, Edwards has provided janitorial services to Homer residences and businesses; she considers it a privilege that people entrust her with their homes, their families and their businesses.

June 8, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

March ‘First Friday’ brings medley of mediums

March ‘First Friday’ brings medley of mediums

As winter begins its tedious transition into spring, First Friday artists in Homer emerge with a variety of paintings, etchings and photography that capture the beauty in everything that surrounds us.

Toby Tyler

Ptarmigan Arts features surprises from Toby’s Attic: Selected Works by R.W. “Toby” Tyler. Opening reception for the Back Room Gallery show will be Friday, March 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Ptarmigan promises that more than a few surprises will be “unveiled in Toby’s show.” Well-known for …

March 2, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Arts Briefs

Arts Briefs

Guitar Christmas instrumentals
Reverend Poorchild will be giving free performances at the following locations.
•All Hopped Up Coffee, 3 p.m. Dec. 11
•K-Bay Coffee, 4 p.m. Dec. 12
•Don Joses, 7 p.m. Dec. 12
•Captain’s Coffee, 2 p.m. Dec. 13
•Senior Citizen’s Terrace, 6 p.m.
•South Peninsula Hospital long term care, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 15

Bunnell celebrates 24 years
Join the Bunnell Street Arts Center for a Saturday heartwarming concert of original songs and stories. Scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Bunnell, the evening features piano, guitar …

December 9, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »

FCC REACHES $2.4 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH GCI

FCC REACHES $2.4 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH GCI

FCC REACHES $2.4 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH GCI FOR
WIRELESS 911 OUTAGES IN ALASKA

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 – The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau has reached a $2.4 million settlement with General Communication, Inc. (GCI), resolving an investigation into five 911 service outages that occurred on the company’s wireless network in various parts of Alaska between August 2008 and April 2016. As part of the settlement, GCI has agreed to strengthen its procedures for providing 911 service and to adopt robust compliance measures to ensure that …

July 6, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Plane piloted by Alaska Dispatch News owner crashes in Halibut Cove

Plane piloted by Alaska Dispatch News owner crashes in Halibut Cove

By Annie Zak
Alaska Dispatch News

A single-engine plane piloted by the owner of Alaska Dispatch News crashed Sunday night in Halibut Cove.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska office chief Clint Johnson said witnesses reported the single-engine plane struck a tree. The plane, a float-equipped Cessna 206, then crashed into the water and sustained substantial damage, Johnson said. There was only one person on board, and no injuries, he said.

Alice Rogoff, publisher and owner of the state’s largest newspaper, was flying the aircraft. In a statement, Brent …

July 6, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Hiker injured by brown bear on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Hiker injured by brown bear on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Late Sunday afternoon, July 3, a lone female hiker encountered a brown bear and was bitten on the upper leg
while hiking with her two dogs on the Lower Kenai River Trail on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
The woman began hiking back towards the trailhead along Skilak Lake Road with one of the dogs and was
helped by other hikers. She was driven to Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna where she was treated and
released. The second dog was later found and has been reunited with its owner.
The hiker reported …

July 6, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

SNAGGING PERMITTED IN THE NICK DUDIAK FISHING LAGOON

SNAGGING PERMITTED IN THE NICK DUDIAK FISHING LAGOON


AND ADJACENT WATERS JULY 1 – 4

The Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon and adjacent water (excluding the Homer Boat Harbor) are open to snagging beginning at noon Friday, July 1 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 4.

The areas open to snagging include the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon and the waters from the Homer City Dock (near the entrance to the Homer Boat Harbor) northwest along the east side of the Homer Spit to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game …

July 1, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Power outage impacts Homer area

Power outage impacts Homer area

PRESS RELEASE – Homer Electric Association responded to a power outage on Tuesday evening, June 21, that impacted approximately 900 HEA members in the Homer area.
The outage was the result of a broken insulator on a power pole near the Homer Fire Hall on Heath Street.
When the insulator broke, the wire fell to the ground and on to an electrical junction box.
The downed line, which was energized at 25 kilovolt, created a power surge on the circuits coming out of the 12 kilovolt junction box. The resulting …

June 22, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Fishing rate scuffle dominates council meeting

Fishing rate scuffle dominates council meeting

How much boats in the Homer Harbor pay to tie up to the dock was again the subject of heated testimony this week at the Homer City Council chambers as small and large boat owners weighed in on the recommendations made by the Port and Harbor Advisory Commission to increase fees.
While most who testified expressed gratitude for the harbor facilities and a readiness to pay for those services, speakers were largely split on the issue of who should pay what. Small boat owners mainly testified that …

June 14, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Bears spotted on the ridge top

Bears spotted on the ridge top

We live in bear country. No one forgets that — especially this time of year. But it’s not every day when you see one in your backyard, in front of your car on the road, or ready to walk right in your front door.
“Wednesday morning around 4 a.m., the dog started barking,” said Dana Guidi, who lives on Diamond Ridge near West Hill. “We saw a moose — and then a bear.”
“The mama moose came into the yard, and the brown bear took the baby …

June 8, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Spruce aphid damage seen throughout area

Spruce aphid damage seen throughout area

Once again, we witness the reddening of spruce trees on the Kenai Peninsula. This time, however, the voracious spruce bark beetle isn’t to blame. A new invasive insect is taking to the trees; the spruce aphid.
For two years, the aphid has been spotted over parts of the peninsula; but this spring the evidence of their work is evident. The red/orange needles that appear burnt is all that’s left after the spruce aphid sucks all the fluid out of the tree’s needles.

June 8, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Local youth creates career from welding art

Local youth creates career from welding art

Throughout high school, Hayden Chase excelled in technical programs: auto, shop, construction and welding.
“When I started out in welding class my freshman year, it was awesome,” Chase said. “My teacher, Mickey Todd, pushed me to be the best I could be.”
During a meeting with his school counselor that same year, Chase announced that he was going to be a welder and work on the North Slope. When the counselor asked what his “plan B” was, Chase told him that he didn’t need one. If he wanted to …

June 8, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Acorn Enterprises: vacuum and mops ‘part of the family’

Acorn Enterprises: vacuum and mops ‘part of the family’

Candy Edwards refers to her vacuum as “Nigel,” her mop as “Cinderella” and her feather duster as “Rex.”
For the past 27 years, Edwards has provided janitorial services to Homer residences and businesses; she considers it a privilege that people entrust her with their homes, their families and their businesses.

June 8, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Fishing Report: North Kenai Peninsula Management Area

Fishing Report:  North Kenai Peninsula Management Area

June 20, 2016

Week of June 20 to June 26

PRESS RELEASE: Emergency Orders and regulation reminders

Emergency Orders are in effect for the following areas:
In the Kenai River: Beginning Saturday June 18, this emergency order allows the harvest of king salmon from its mouth upstream to ADF&G regulatory markers located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek. Retention of king salmon is prohibited while sport fishing in the Kenai River from an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 …

June 20, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

Homer Area Fishing Report

Homer Area Fishing Report

Homer Area
Week of June 13 to June 19
Issued June 15, 2016

Regulation Reminders and Emergency Orders

Regulation Reminders

Snagging is not allowed in Kachemak Bay east of a line from Anchor Point to Point Pogibshi until June 24
It’s a good idea to consult the sport fishing regulation booklet before starting your fishing trip. Make sure to consult pages 18-20 before heading out to fish for king salmon in Cook Inlet saltwater areas. Before heading out to fish on freshwater streams, consult …

June 15, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

More News

Homer Medical Center will host a sports physical clinic

Homer Medical Center will host a sports physical clinic

PRESS RELEASE – Homer Medical Center will host a sports physical clinic for high school students needing a physical for participation...

Jul 12, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »
USDA Announces Funding to Aid Sanitation Projects in Rural Alaska

USDA Announces Funding to Aid Sanitation Projects in Rural Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – July 7, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development (USDA-RD) Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund, today announced USDA-RD...

Jul 7, 2016 | Comments Off | Read More »

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Jun 30, 2016 | Financial Focus | Read More »