• In his 1968 essay, “The Tragedy of the Commons,” philosopher Garrett Hardin posed a dilemma. When someone uses a commonly held resource, it’s in the individual’s best interest to maximize use of that resource, what he called “the commons.” Yet when they do, a tragedy happens: the commons...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 8:37am
  • A few years ago, the late artist Gaye Wolfe organized ARTrageous August, an end-of-the summer celebration of art. While Homer no longer has a formal August art celebration, Wolfe’s spirit and idea lives on anyway with an ad-hoc occurrence of outrageous art this weekend, including Jazz is Back, Kar...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:11am
  • Next Monday at its 6 p.m. regular meeting, the Homer City Council will go from placid tidepools to heavy surf when it considers an ordinance to be introduced by council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds regulating motorized vehicle access to Bishop’s Beach and the Homer Spit....

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 8:43am
  • An Alaska Air Guard Guardian Angel team early on July 28 rescued two hikers lost near China Poot Lake on the south shore of Kachemak Bay. An Air Guard Pavehawk helicopter took Patrick King, 57, of Kenai, and Victoria Baldasarre, 55, of Amherst, N.H., to the Homer Airport. Both were uninjured. The hi...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 8:40am
  • Candidate filing periods opened this week for Homer City Council seats and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, Board of Education and service area boards.  The Homer filing period ends at 5 p.m. Aug. 17; the borough filing period ends at noon Aug. 17....

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 8:40am
  • Alaska State Troopers on July 24 charged a fourth person in an alleged theft of about $200 in oysters from a Little Jakolof Cove oyster farm. Using images from a trail camera that took photos of a group on the dock of the oyster farm, troopers identified a fourth suspect as Anders Gustafson, 37. Tro...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:35am
  • Two members of the Discovery Channel reality TV show, “Alaska: The Last Frontier,” have been charged with using a helicopter to hunt black bear in the filming of an episode of the popular Homer-based show.  Atz Lee Kilcher, 40, and Cristina Jane Kilcher, 40, both face one charge each of unl...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:24am
  • With an agenda rivaling a contractor’s punch list of things to do before freeze up, the Homer City Council at its regular Monday night meeting plowed through a 26-item agenda. ...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:19am
  • In the Buccaneer Oil bankruptcy case, some local businesses have been hit with a double whammy. Not only does Buccaneer still owe them money, a Houston, Texas, law firm has now sent them dunning letters asking back money Buccaneer had paid. The city of Homer and Homer Electric Association also have ...

    Thu, 07/16/2015 - 8:00am
  • In the grueling Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic, where contestants race unsupported through the wildest country of Alaska, just finishing can be an honor. But when you’re not only the first to finish, but the only one of 29 competitors to do so in the scheduled time, the honor gets doubled....

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:39am

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