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  • Anchorage athletes competing in Saturday’s triathlon in Homer said the grueling climb up East Hill Road during the bike segment was what made the Homer High School Swim Team-sponsored event so attractive. “It’s a unique course. That nearly three-mile uphill is a challenge,” said the 43-year-...

    Thu, 09/05/2013 - 7:52am
  • Like many seniors whose expenses often include costly medications, Homer resident Kay Jones was on the lookout for cheaper alternatives when she saw an ad that promised significant savings. Those savings turned out to be a scam that fortunately did not cost her too dearly, but did result in the loss...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 11:55am
  • Recent figures dissected by economists with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development show increases in the cost of living in Alaska slowed last year compared to 2011, but the state remains one of the most expensive places in the nation to live and work....

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 11:32am
  • When their ice-encrusted lawns finally thawed in late May, property owners living at Homer’s lower elevations found broad swaths of brown where they’d come to expect explosions of green.  Let’s face it: Winter was tough on the turf....

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:50pm
  • As Homer’s winters go, this past season was a lulu that just seemed to go on forever, with near-freezing temperatures lingering deep into May, well beyond the normal advent of green-up.  An area biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said he won’t be surprised if population s...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:50pm
  • Most of us living here in the Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea have always suspected that we are, well, a little different. Turns out state labor analysts agree. Writing in the latest issue of Alaska Economic Trends, Economist Alyssa Shanks, of the Alaska Department of Labor, confirmed what a simple look ar...

    Wed, 06/12/2013 - 4:05pm
  • As Homer heads into the 2013 tourist season, it appears visitors are reacting positively to an improving economy; local charters and lodging concerns are reporting increased and earlier bookings; and many are saying it could be the best summer in several years. Meanwhile, the Alaska Department of Co...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:32pm
  • For nearly a dozen years, writers have been gathering annually on the shores of Kachemak Bay, sharing their talents, insights and expertise, and celebrating their enchantment with literature, thanks in no small measure to the enthusiasm of one woman....

    Wed, 11/21/2012 - 11:52am
  • Imagine, for just a moment, you’re holding a backstage pass for a concert by your favorite band. There in your grubby little mitts is the key to that storied sanctum only select fans are privileged to see. Cool, eh?  Yeah, right, like that’ll ever happen. Homer resident Jim Stearns, however...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 1:37pm
  • As members of the baby-boom generation age into Medicare at 65, for those inspired to care for the elderly, Alaska’s health-care industry will blossom like no other with good-paying, long-lasting jobs, according to analysis of industry growth patterns by state Labor Department economists....

    Thu, 11/01/2012 - 3:26pm

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