The Swan Lake Fire is causing major delays and closures on the Sterling Highway. And that’s having a big impact on local businesses in Homer, from a loss of tourist dollars to delays in goods.
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As the Kenai Peninsula dries out, the likelihood for fires increases
The Kenai Peninsula is drying out. And this summer, fires have sprouted up in some unusual places.
As Homer’s Grewingk Glacier recedes, the risk of landslides and tsunamis grows
One of the most popular landmarks in Kachemak Bay State Park is a glacier that’s becoming increasingly unstable.
Gov. Dunleavy’s veto to agriculture funding alarms advocates of local food
The veto would cut $1.2 million from the state’s Department of Natural Resources in addition to defunding a loan program for farmers. The deadline to override the vetoes is Friday.
City of Homer works with state and Army Corps to battle erosion on the spit
The Homer Spit’s future as an iconic tourist attraction is in danger of washing away. Erosion along the spit’s sea walls is not a new problem. City officials are working with state and federal agencies to find a lasting solution.
As some sea star populations make a comeback, scientists may have found cause of ‘wasting disease’
Scientists once thought starfish die-offs were caused by a virus or another pathogen. But now some think it might be another sign of climate change.
NOAA is trying to encourage more observers to report sexual harassment
NOAA observers jump on board hundreds of vessels each year to make sure commercial fishers are following regulations. But many of the women who perform these duties say they experience sexual harassment.
Dunleavy taps former aide for vacant Board of Fisheries seat
Gov. Mike Dunleavy has tapped his former legislative aide to serve on the Alaska Board of Fisheries. Matanuska-Susitna Borough resident John Wood is largely unknown by fishing groups.
DEC permit renewal would allow more wastewater discharge from Cook Inlet oil producers
Environmental groups are protesting the state’s move to renew a federal permit that allows oil and gas producers to release discharges into Cook Inlet.
Bill aims to make health care coverage for school districts cheaper
A House bill would allow employees from municipalities, school districts and the University of Alaska to opt into the state’s health care program. But not everyone is jumping on board with the idea.