Troopers: Unoccupied trailer was stabbed, spray-painted

The Alaska State Troopers said Saturday they were investigating a trailer stabbing in the community of Anchor Point.
Troopers said in an online report that they responded Friday to a report of a damaged “travel trailer” near North Fork Road.
The responding trooper, Tyler Stuart, said the trailer — the type that’s pulled behind a truck — had two or three punctures about an inch wide. It was also spray-painted with “certain expletives” and sliced, like someone had keyed it, he said.

What can investors learn from roller coaster rides?

If you have an interest in looking up obscure holidays and celebrations, you will find that August 16th is National Roller Coaster Day. As you know, a roller coaster is used as a metaphor for many areas of life – including the financial markets. As an investor, what can you learn from this thrill ride?
Here are a few suggestions:

FYI – News briefs & announcements – August 18

Get some help growing your farm Take a trip over to the USDA Service Center (upstairs in the blue bank building on the corner of Lake and Pioneer) at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 to listen in on a webinar with Michael O’Gorman. O’Gorman spent 40 years growing $250 million of organic vegetables for three of […]

Website aims to share info about ocean acidification

Alaska is one of a handful of U.S. states to launch a go-to website aimed at keeping ocean acidification in the public eye.
The Alaska Ocean Acidification Network, a collaboration of state and federal scientists, agencies, tribes, conservation, fishing and aquaculture groups, went live last month. Its goal is to provide a forum for researchers to share their findings, and to connect with coastal residents concerned about future impacts on their communities.
Ocean acidification (OA) is caused by the ocean absorbing excess carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, generated primarily from the burning of fossil fuels for energy. The off-kilter chemistry causes the seawater to become corrosive, making it tough for marine creatures to grow scales and shells.

Quarterback Teddy Croft scores five touchdowns in Mariners’ 31-67 road loss

Usually in football, anytime you score 31 point against your opponent, you’ve got a pretty good chance of coming out with the win. That was not the case on Saturday, however, as the Homer Mariners opened their 2016 football season with a 31-67 non-conference road loss to the Eielson Ravens.
There were certainly some bright spots in the weekend opener in Fairbanks: Homer quarterback Teddy Croft scored five touchdowns — four of them in the first half — and racked up 332 total yards on offense. Croft completed eight of 10 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns, and carried the ball 11 times for 189 yards and rushed for two touchdowns. The standout junior accomplished all of this, despite missing much of the second half after enduring a particularly brutal Eielson hit in the third quarter.

Oil and gas lease comments wanted

Homer Tribune The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold hearings on the Kenai Peninsula this week regarding proposed oil and gas leases in the Cook Inlet, and for those who miss the meeting that was to be held Wednesday, the public comment period remains open through Sept. 6. The bureau’s five-year plan proposes […]

Lady M’s look for 3A cross-country 3-peat this season

Last year, Homer Mariner cross-country teams almost swept the Class 3A State Championships.
The Lady M’s successfully defended their 2014 title, picking up their second-straight title, largely on the shoulders of third-place finisher Megan Pitzman — a senior this year.
As for the Mariner boys; they came up just a bit short against the Sitka Wolves last year — despite placing five runners in the top 21 places.
Settling for second place this year, however, is not an option.
“We didn’t lose anyone from last season,” said senior runner Jared Brant. “And I’ve seen how hard the team has been running and training — and how hungry they are.”
This time they mean business.

Alaska one step closer to expanding Indian Country

The administration of Gov. Bill Walker will begin looking into options and potential ramifications of the federal government taking lands into trust in Alaska, following the announcement Monday morning by state Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth that the state will not pursue any further action in its main court case on the issue.
“I support Attorney General Lindemuth’s conclusion that it doesn’t make sense to use the state’s limited resources pursuing this litigation that has already dragged on for 10 years,” Gov. Walker said in a statement Monday.

Flood control project keeps Fairbanks dry

MOOSE CREEK DAM — For the thirteenth consecutive day, four plates of steel in a framework of concrete have quietly saved Fairbanks.
Heavy rains in the basin of the Chena River, the waterway that spawned Fairbanks, have swelled the river to where motorboats can’t squeeze beneath downtown bridges.
Dam-tenders here have responded by lowering steel gates into the river. The gates skim river water, backing it into an immense channel perpendicular to the river. A 50-foot mound of rock dam reaches eight miles downhill to the larger Tanana River.

Naval exercise timing, location questioned

Concern over Naval training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska only a year ago were renewed afresh at this week’s Homer City Council meeting as residents testified in support of a resolution opposing proposed training in a highly productive area of the gulf during the spring whale migrations.
In 2015, Homer fishermen and citizens protested the exercises, which began in mid-June, with a parade of banners.
The training exercises planned for next spring are earlier than previous operations, starting May 1 of next year, which many testified coincides with the critical migration times for whales. In addition, the proposed location of the naval training activity is closer to shore than it has been in past years, and overlaps areas many say are critical fish habitat zones.

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