The Kenai Peninsula’s economy depends even more on the ocean and rivers than is apparent on paper.
Agriculture in Homer has been evolving over the years. Before Alaska was a state, Alvin Mattox was running his cows down on the Beluga Flats (think Mattox Street), but when the dam was built to create Beluga Lake he moved to where Kachemak Selo is now so he could continue to run his cows on the mineral-rich grasses of the tidal flats.
More residents of Soldotna’s Funny River area will soon have access to natural gas in their homes.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a resolution at its June 21 meeting forming the Funny River East Utility Special Assessment District, which will allow for the extension of an existing natural gas pipeline in the area to reach 309 more parcels from Angler’s Roost Street and Treeline Avenue northeast to Moonshine Drive and Zackery Street.
If the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Healthcare Task Force wants to make changes to how the hospitals operate, it will have to address some roadblocks in the current governance structure first.
Furie Operating Alaska is taking the first steps towards adding an oil platform to its Kitchen Lights gas development in Northern Cook Inlet.
Furie Senior Vice President Bruce Webb said in an interview the company plans to re-enter the KLU-4 well roughly six miles north of the Julius R platform the company installed last year above its natural gas producing wells.
The KLU-4 well was originally drilled to 10,000 feet in 2014 and will be punched down to 18,000 possibly this year but more likely next, according to Webb.
On a trip to the Spit one can find freshly cooked seafood, gift shops, fishing charters, tourists from a variety of places and, now, gelato.
Nestled in between AK Starfish Co. and Alpaca Connection, Carmen’s Gelato serves up authentic Italian gelato, made by 29-year-old Homer native Carmen Ricciardi. Previously, Carmen’s Gelato existed as a cart that sold gelato on the streets of Anchorage, starting out when he was 25.
ANCHORAGE — Facing a multibillion-dollar deficit, the Alaska governor on Wednesday cut in half the annual checks that give all residents a share of the state’s oil wealth, but he kept enough money in place to award everyone a $1,000 payout.
Gov. Bill Walker had said recently that all budget-cutting options were on the table, raising the prospect that he might do away with the checks entirely. They have been distributed for more than three decades and last year climbed to a record $2,072.
Gov. Bill Walker’s cabinet is finally whole again.
Walker introduced Anchorage attorney Jahna Lindemuth as Alaska’s new attorney general at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.
Lindemuth replaces former Attorney General Craig Richards who resigned abruptly June 23 citing personal reasons.
Walker said he was “struck” by her “passion for Alaska.” He referenced more than 950 hours of pro bono work she did in 2015 representing a victim of domestic violence and a wrongly convicted defendant in the very public “Fairbanks Four” case.
After the state issued its first marijuana growing permits on June 9 and 10, nine local cultivators were approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday. Many expect to have crops ready by the end of the year.
I just so happened to be in Glennallen last week and stumbled upon their Wednesday Farmers Market. I get all giddy when I see homegrown vegetables, I’m funny that way, so my husband and I had to start up a conversation with the one vendor who had veggies.
BlueCrest Energy ceremonially opened their Hansen Production Facility, an oil wellpad on the shore of Cook Inlet near Anchor Point.
Many of us know well traveled people. Perhaps they spent a year studying abroad, or a month rambling across Asia, backpacking across Europe, or working in an orphanage in South America. Maybe — as is the case of one red chair — they are slowing checking off every state in the union. The Red Chair, a wandering dump swap salvage that started its journey in 2011, has come all the way to Homer.
An invisible line near Clam Gulch Tower means the landowners on the north side are likely paying a few dollars in property taxes each year and those on the south side are likely paying hundreds to the borough’s two hospitals.
A Homer business, Nomad Shelter, which crafts custom yurts, has been approved as a manufacturer for the federal government’s high tunnel program.
It’s over, but not done.
At 11:46 a.m. Sunday, the Alaska Senate adjourned the fourth special session of the 29th Alaska Legislature.
Forty minutes later, Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation stating that the fifth special session will begin on July 11. On its agenda will be three items: Using the earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund to pay for government operations, reforms to the state’s system of oil and gas drilling subsidies, and a suite of tax increases.
The values of some oil and gas properties in the Kenai Peninsula Borough jumped in the most recent state assessment, producing about $1.1 million more for the borough in property taxes.
Much of that increase comes from the Nikiski area, where the tax values for the year increased by approximately $559,991, according to the borough’s fiscal year 2017 budget.
The increase allowed for a mill rate decrease for residents of Nikiski from 2.90 to 2.80 for the next year. The borough assembly approved the new mill rate at its June 7 meeting.
ANCHORAGE — A national environmental group is asking federal fisheries officials to block a drilling company’s plans for offshore hydraulic fracturing in Alaska’s Cook Inlet.
The Center for Biological Diversity says fracking by BlueCrest Energy will threaten endangered beluga whales.
The group says no hydraulic fracturing by the Fort Worth, Texas-based company should be allowed unless there’s additional environmental review.
Hydraulic fracturing is the extraction of oil and gas from rock through injection of high-pressure mixtures of water, sand and chemicals.
Within a few weeks drivers passing between Anchor Point and Ninilchik may see a new feature on the coastline — BlueCrest Energy’s 30 foot-tall drill rig, scheduled to be erected soon on the oil company’s wellpad around Mile 151 of the Sterling Highway.
The Homer Farmers Market is in the perfect location.
Very few markets have the good fortune of a permanent location so that tents and infrastructure can stay up all summer.
That means that instead of just a pop-up tent village, our Market booths are more permanent, hand built, and full of personality.
I’ll just say it: we have a cute Farmers Market.
FAIRBANKS (AP) — The bill to restructure the Alaska Permanent Fund to help pay for government could be too optimistic about the market, the head of the corporation that manages the fund told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial board Tuesday.
Angela Rodell, the CEO of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., said an annual draw of 5.25 percent of the market value of the fund could be tough to meet every year. That money would come from the fund’s earnings reserve account, not the fund’s principal.