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Ignore those ugly rumors about mulch

...which it is being used for decomposition. The microorganisms are happy and the plants are happy.Still, that rumor that plants will suffer from high carbon mulches keeps going around, despite the field experience of agricultural researchers and...
Cook Inlet oil production up 25 percent

...Inlet oil is sold to Tesoro Corp.'s refinery near Kenai, the increased production helps maintain the viability of that plant, which produces most of the gasoline in the state as well as jet fuel and diesel.The increases in production have...
Refuge Notebook: Genetic diversity of wildlife on the Kenai Peninsula is a mixed bag

...from the adjacent mainland by a narrow, 10-mile wide isthmus only recently de-glaciated, it's logical to assume that plant dispersal and wildlife movement have been minimal with restricted genetic mixing. So although species diversity is relatively...
Refuge notebook: Springing ahead - what clocks and plants have in common

...plants, we'll have photosynthesis and food production. We know that days will always get longer in the spring, and that plants will lushly unfurl soon after. What we don't know in a changing climate is how higher temperatures or more carbon...
More gas available, but distribution still has weak points

...only one way, to bring gas from the west side of the Inlet to the east side to the Agrium Corp. fertilizer plant. That plant is now closed.Converting the one-direction flow to two-direction, which was done with a recent state appropriation...
Honey company owner has something to say

...Alaska, honey has more than one use. If you are allergic to something, eating a little bee-collected pollen from that plant or tree can begin the end of that allergy, Skipwith said. His family also uses it an anti-bacterial salve on cuts...
Council looks at water, sewer

...not be forced to comply unless their well or septic system failed. "If we don't get control of what is coming into that plant," Wood warned, "we're looking at another $3 to $5 million upgrade of either our water system or our wastewater...
Palin's signing of bill a step in right direction

...operations for generations to come, Blue Sky means jobs for hundreds of Alaskans. Plant construction and, following that, plant operations, will employ hundreds of workers here on the Kenai Peninsula. Statewide, the project means jobs for coal...
Homer adapting to changes in market

...access. Almost every other dock in Alaska is owned by a processing plant, which requires a boat to sell its catch to that plant. In Homer, competition thrives, they said. And because of the road system, the fish can be at Ted Stevens International...
Permits approved for new coal mine

...power they put out, but they only have the 25 watt plant down here that burns (coal)," Wallis said. The power from that plant is sent to the Fairbanks area via Golden Valley Electric Association's Northern Intertie, a 97-mile, 230-kilovolt...


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