Homer Hockey clobbers Kenai 7-2 on Senior Night

Mariner hockey seniors went out with a bang last Thursday with a 7-2 Senior Night conference victory over the Kenai Kardinals. With the win, the M’s move past Kenai to the No. 5 seed in this weekend’s North Star Conference Tourney in Soldotna.

Alaska kicks Moda Health out of insurance market

Thee Alaska Division of Insurance announced Thursday that it is forcing Portland-based health insurer Moda Health out of the state’s individual marketplace for now, leaving Alaskans with only one choice for coverage: Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Coastal erosion part of Homer bluff ‘package’

Beach walkers on Bishop’s Beach this winter may have noticed a distinct change in the bluff near the Homer Elk’s Lodge, where some 50 feet of bluff has slid down toward the ocean. Elsewhere along city’s coastline, property owners have watched the beach sluff off as well.

Community news – Feb. 3

Discovery lab features ‘Our Amazing Ocean’ This week’s free, family friendly Discovery Lab is today, Wednesday, Feb. 3, and focuses on “Our Amazing Ocean.” Head over to the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center from 3–5 p.m., and learn about some of the remarkable creatures that inhabit the ocean. The lab will demonstrate how currents, volcanos […]

Four homes lost in Kenai due to gas leaks

While the loss of four homes is nothing to be celebrated, residents and emergency responders to natural gas-fueled explosions on Lilac Lane in Kenai following the magnitude 7.1 earthquake early Sunday morning are calling the situation miraculous, since no one was hurt and everyone got out alive.

Community News – Jan. 27

Homer Theatre screens the classics Throwback Thursdays at the Homer Theatre presents the 1953 classic, “Roman Holiday,” starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 28) at 6 p.m. Join in the fun to win some great movie memorabilia door prizes. General admission is $8, discounted is $6. This movie is 90 minutes long […]

BlueCrest prepares to drill for oil at Cosmopolitan Unit

BlueCrest Energy continues preparations to drill for oil in the Cosmopolitan Unit at its 37.5-acre site on the Cook Inlet bluff about 5.5 miles north of Anchor Point.
Larry Burgess, health, safety and environmental manager for Texas-based BlueCrest, told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that the company’s 3,000-horse power drilling rig is nearing completion in Houston, Texas. It should ship out for Alaska soon and will take 45 days to arrive, at which point crews will go to work getting it assembled and running.

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake opens up 10-foot fissure in road

Though one lane of Kalifornsky Beach Road was still open to traffic Sunday afternoon, many drivers heading between Kenai and Kasilof stopped to see the gaping cracks in the pavement that occurred when a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Southcentral Alaska around 1:30 a.m. that morning.
“Yeah, we had to come out here and check it out,” said James Benson, of Soldotna.

Homer Electric raises rate shortly after rate decrease

On the heels of an announced rate reduction, the Homer Electric Association announced this week that it is instituting an interim rate increase after the Regulatory Commission of Alaska turned down its request to charge Alaska Railbelt utilities for the transfer of power from state-owned Bradley Lake power plant.
The rate increase is 3.25 percent effective Feb. 1 and will result in an increase of $3.15 to the average residential user drawing 550 kilowatt hours.

Murre deaths lead to more questions

For weeks now, the beaches of Homer have been scattered with dead birds, black-and-white carcasses that are impossible to miss, even if larger birds — eagles — aren’t often sitting right over them scavenging.
Though those who pay close attention to birds in Alaska have been reporting larger-than-normal murre die offs since last March, the average beachgoer probably didn’t notice much until around New Years Day. Then, it was obvious that something had gone awry in the world of the Alaska’s common murres.

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