Megan Pacer

Homer City Council to consider marijuana business on the Spit

HOMER — The Homer Spit, once excluded from the commercial cannabis narrative in the city, has been brought back into the conversation.

Alaska’s plan for dealing with oil spills

Stakeholders and Native tribes are being asked to weigh in on updates to Alaska’s plan for dealing with oil spills, especially identifying locations where the use of oil dispersants should be avoided.

Representatives from state and federal agencies came to Kenai on Thursday to gather input on and learn about the Alaska Federal/State Preparedness Plan for Response to Oil and Hazardous Substance Discharges/Releases, otherwise know as the Unified Plan. The Unified Plan’s guidelines on the use of oil dispersant were updated in January.

Grocery tax coming back to Soldotna

Soldotna City Council members unanimously approved an ordinance that will reinstate the grocery tax during winter months. There is already a 3 percent sales tax on nonprepared foods in summer months.

Resident Scott Davis, who testified Wednesday in support of restoring the year-round tax, chaired the Soldotna Charter Commission that was elected to come up with the home-rule charter voters approved. He said reinstating the city’s sales tax was a motivation of the group that worked on the push for home-rule.

Soldotna Airport to get a facelift

Aging asphalt covering the Soldotna Airport’s taxiways will get some much needed attention through an upcoming rehabilitation project.

The Soldotna City Council passed an ordinance at its Wednesday meeting to appropriate about $6.9 million for the city’s 2016 Airport Asphalt Rehabilitation and Lighting Project. More than $6.4 million of that comes in the form of a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.

Taking another stab at rewriting the state's alcohol laws

Sen. Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) is making the rounds to discuss ongoing work on Title 4 of Alaska Statute, the laws that regulate alcoholic beverages in the state. With a Nov. 15 deadline for the final legislation to be ready, he presented an update to the Soldotna City Council, citing simplification and greater emphasis on public health and safety as main components of the rewrite.

Four Kenai families lose homes in earthquake

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct an error. The home at 1211 Lilac Lane is owned by Mike and Sylvia Dale.

KENAI — Vincent Calderon and Carrie Gaethle had just gotten their two children back to bed after being shaken awake by a 7.1 magnitude tremor that rocked the Kenai Peninsula Sunday morning when their house exploded into a mass of blue flames.

Kenaitze tribe allows DNA testing on Dena’ina remains

KENAI — Members of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe could uncover valuable information about the population’s health and other historical trends through the study of ancestral remains returned to the tribe.

The federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, passed in 1990, requires federal agencies like museums to inventory and turn over Native American remains to the tribal groups they belong to.

Card Street fire moves east into Skilak area

The Card Street fire continued on its east-bound path through the Kenai Peninsula Thursday, burning through the black spruce of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and nearing the Sterling Highway.

Thursday evening, Alaska Division of Forestry Public Information Officer Terry Anderson said that the fire is 2 miles from Sterling Highway, creating the possibility of a closure. The fire remains south of the highway.

“What we have to be mindful of is any winds that come from the south,” Anderson said.

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