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  • They might not have been born when it happened, but ask the fifth- and sixth-grade students at Fireweed Academy about the Exxon Valdez oil spill and related topics and they can give you answers. Better yet, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 3-5 p.m., visit the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center where ...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:44pm
  • • Held an executive session to consider legal advice on how to proceed in a lawsuit won by Ken Castner challenging how the city assessed condominiums in the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District.  In public comments before the executive session, Castner criticized the city for filing ...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:32pm
  • For once, it wasn’t déjà vu all over again at a Homer City Council meeting. Unlike in October 1990, when angry veterans came to protest reconsideration of putting an American Legion Auxiliary veterans memorial in WKFL Park, this Monday when another decision about putting a monument in the park c...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:31pm
  • The sign on a Homer Senior Center wall indicates the location of “Strong Women.” Follow the arrow and that’s exactly what you’ll find: a group of women meeting three times a week to improve their health through the “Strong Women” program. Developed by Dr. Miriam Nelson and her colleagues...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:17pm
  • At its annual meeting Jan. 22, South Peninsula Hospital Inc. board of directors elected new officers: Thomas Clark, president; Kelly Cooper, vice president; Bernadette Wilson, secretary; and Matt Hambrick, treasurer. The board conducts regular monthly meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month i...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:15pm
  • In the latest version of a Homer City Council attempt to repeal a seasonal holiday on sales taxes for nonprepared food, the council on Monday night came one vote short of putting on the ballot the question of if voters wanted to repeal that holiday. The motion got three votes, with council members B...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:14pm
  • Dozens of people and nearly as many dogs walked the beach on the Homer Spit on Saturday. The temperature rose even higher than the sign at Alaska USA, hitting 55 — the highest temperature for Alaska and warmer than Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Ga....

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:14pm
  • Hours ahead of Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline, Ken Castner and Ginny Espenshade submitted to the city petitions with what they believe are enough signatures to ask voters to weigh in on whether Homer should be a home-rule city. In November, Castner and Espenshade took their interest in turning Homer int...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:11pm
  • First, an Outhouse Race update: The Otter Room stepped up to compete this week, which presents Homer with the awesome possibility of seeing “Fractal Mic” used as a hood ornament. We’re also expecting an entry from Land’s End, which seems almost like cheating considering that their own Food a...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:01pm
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly has set a vote on a city labor law for November. The vote will determine whether a law will remain in place that limits municipal employees’ right to strike. The law also limits raises to the rate of inflation plus 1 percent and eliminates binding arbitrat...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 1:53pm

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