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  • Alaska salmon scored a partial victory this week, but PacRim’s coal mine could still happen. On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources granted an instream flow reservation, or IFR, to Chuitna Citizen’s Coalition for the lower section of Middle Creek. Middle Creek is part of the wate...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:48pm
  • Proposition 1, a controversial ballot initiative to remove from some cities the right to tax groceries year-round, passed in a landslide Tuesday night, with overwhelming support in Homer. Proposition 1 is the continuation of a 2008 citizens’ initiative to repeal the winter tax on nonprepared foods...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:47pm
  • In the District 9 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly race between two political novices, Willy Dunne, 60, handily defeated Dawson Slaughter, 25, with 56.26 percent to 43.51 percent of the vote in unofficial results.  Dunne, of Fritz Creek, led in all precincts except Slaughter’s hometown of Anc...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:46pm
  • In unofficial Homer City Council results, Donna Aderhold has emerged as the apparent top vote getter, taking 46 percent of votes cast. To avoid a run-off, candidates had to receive at least 20 percent of the total votes cast for two seats, said City Clerk Jo Johnson. Aderhold easily overcame that ba...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:44pm
  • Nikiski area residents shot down a law enforcement service area in Tuesday’s municipal election. Barring any changes after absentee ballots are counted, Proposition 2 failed with 541 votes cast against it and 399 votes in favor of it. The measure asked Nikiski voters to approve the creation of a N...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:38pm
  • The signs of fall in Homer are many: the Spit closes, the tourists disperse back to their respective homes Outside. Fireweed burns red on the Reber Trail. Moose season ends. And outside Elise Boyer’s house up East Hill Road, a line of cars fills the driveway. Inside, nine people have gathered to c...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 1:15pm
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    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:26pm
  • The British adventurer who arrived by kayak in Homer in August 2014 as part of an attempt to circumnavigate the world totally by muscle power has had to abandon ship during the last leg of her adventure, a trans-Atlantic Ocean crossing. Sarah Outen, 30, was picked up by a passing ship, the Federal O...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:24pm
  • It’s not uncommon for children to live longer than the age of their parents, but when a father lives well into his 90s, the bar gets set a bit higher. On Sept. 27, Wendell Stout did just that. His father, Ray Stout, lived from 1885 to 1984, dying just two months short of his 100th birthday. On Sep...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:23pm
  • Alaska Air Guard does rescue training The Alaska Air Guard did water-rescue training in Kachemak Bay and Homer from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1. The 210th, 211th, and 212th Rescue Squadrons of the Alaska Air Guard’s 176th Wing trained on water rescue tactics along with a boat crew as suppo...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:12pm

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