Aphids plague spruce stands 

Bad bugs attacking the forest have become a recurring nightmare for Alaska. The latest alarm comes from Halibut Cove, where tiny invaders created an icky spring surprise. How much of a threat they ... Read More

Council opposes Navy’s exercises 07/02/15

The Homer City Council set an apparent record at its regular Monday night meeting with what may be the largest council packet ever, a two-volume, 1,600-page tome that included 700 pages on beach...

Salty Dawg more than just another watering hole 07/02/15

Most of the traffic at the Salty Dawg at 11 a.m. on a recent Monday consists of tourists buying sweatshirts. But there’s some workaday drinking going on in here, too, including three guys from...

Woman arrested for heroin, reckless driving 07/02/15

A reckless driver in a Jeep Cherokee on Pioneer Avenue about 8 p.m. June 25 prompted two people to make 911 calls. Police said several people also called on the nonemergency line. When the driver...

GOOD OL’ FASHIONED FUN FOR THE FOURTH 07/02/15

This year, the Fourth of July falls on Saturday, which means some good news for celebrants on the lower Kenai Peninsula:

• Hey, you might get Friday off, too. City, borough, state and...

Business

Cuts hurt tourism marketing

Alaska’s tourism industry leaders are among the folks trying to manage significant state budget cuts. The Alaska Tourism Industry Association’s budget was cut by more than 45 percent as of July 1, the first day of the state fiscal year, according to ATIA President and CEO Sarah Leonard. The ...

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Arts

Celebrate Independence Day with art

The Fourth of July weekend starts off with an affirmation of one of the basic rights of free people: to create art. As Homer hits the peak summer month, from Old Town to the Homer Spit galleries display exhibits. In her Homer debut at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer-raised artist Hailey ...

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Schools

Eight Ninilchik grads ready for new adventures

 Eight graduates turned their tassels the evening of May 18 in the Ninilchik School gymnasium. The group of friends, who have studied, shared classrooms and participated in extracurriculars ...

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Sports

Jake Moe finishes first in Spit Run for third time

A cool overcast morning made for perfect running weather on Saturday. Almost 300 people gathered at the high school for the Homer Spit Run, a 10-kilometer race to the end of the Spit.  Hosted ...

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Outdoors

Let these gardening rules guide you: Keep it small, keep it simple, enjoy it

I met a soon-to-be retired couple this afternoon. They are moving to Homer from Anchorage and building a new house. And one of the big questions is “how much garden?” She has a practical ...

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Opinion

Definition of families should include more supportive adults for children

I would like to talk about community health, but I am not a health professional.  Let me make that clear up front. Luckily, one of the beautiful things about this community is that nothing is ...

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