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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 larger commercial boats take up significantly more space per linear foot, making the flat per-foot rate that has been in place for decades unfair to them. The commercial operators, however, claimed they received less services for their money, and that recommendations to implement a graduated rate structure that would charge large boats more would have pushed slip fees for some as high as $10,000 a year.

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 down in the ravine,” Guidi said. “It sounded horrible.”
She said the carcass was still in the ravine days later, where she saw a dog eating it.

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.

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 be a welder bad enough, he would be.
Taking advantage of the Homer High School jumpstart program that allows students to take local college classes at a discounted rate, Chase enrolled in the college’s night welding class at the end of his sophomore year.

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.

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