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  • Federal grants of $599,918 have been awarded to two Alaska nonprofits to provide assistance and counseling to Alaskans attempting to navigate a new federally operated health insurance exchange scheduled to become active Oct. 1. Grants were made to the United Way of Anchorage and the Alaska Native Tr...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:29pm
  • The U.S. Coast Guard will test advanced technologies including unmanned aerial and undersea vehicles for monitoring an oil spill in arctic ice in an exercise planned for September, the agency announced Aug. 15. Tests of an oil recovery system, a skimming device, also will be deployed near ice and te...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:27pm
  • The White House is setting arctic policy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is investigating locations for an arctic port. Hundreds of ships per year are passing through the Northern Sea Route over the Russian Arctic. And, until the Kulluk grounding, oil exploration in Arctic waters was ramping up. T...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:27pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital might have modern patient rooms, a birthing center, a Long Term Care home, state-of-the art radiology and imaging equipment, and a medevac helicopter pad, but until now it lacked a facility that might seem essential for healing — a quiet place to sit, meditate or pray. Tha...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:25pm
  • By KYRA WAGNER FOR THE HOMER NEWS Have you got your zucchini picked out for this weekend? It’s the Homer Farmers’ Market’s big Zucchini Festival this Saturday so you will need a nice big zuke to enter into the Zucchini Races at 1:30 p.m. Or just bring your garden vegg...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:18pm
  • The Kenai River kings seem to have met their escapement goal after all, but it was still the lowest return on record. Through Aug. 15, 17,028 kings were enumerated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s DIDSON (duel identification sonar), slightly more than the bottom of the sustainable escap...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:17pm
  • At Paul Banks Elementary School’s meet-the-teacher event Monday afternoon, the parking lot was crowded and hallways were filled with excited students and their parents, grandparents and siblings. For some, like Aiden Clark, there was excitement over being a first-grader, but he still took time to ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:36pm
  • A Utah man remains in serious condition at Providence Medical Center, Anchorage, after being injured in a car and motorhome collision last Friday afternoon. Kelly Hicks, 51, was taken by medevac to Providence after first being treated at South Peninsula Hospital....

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:30pm
  • A Homer man convicted of attempting to sexually abuse a girl under age 13 faces new charges related to the same victim. Corey Rosano, 36, pleaded guilty in February on an amended charge of attempted second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and received a sentence of eight years in prison with six suspe...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:29pm
  • For Traven Apiki, a 2012 Homer High School graduate, maintaining a close relationship to the outdoors and encouraging others to do the same is essential. “Everywhere I’ve lived, I’ve always been able to see water from my house or been able to walk to it within minutes,” he said. “That’s ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:25pm

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