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  • Homer city workers complaining about proposed increases of health-insurance premiums won’t find much sympathy among small businesses and employees also looking at increasing health insurance costs. In a survey of health insurance premiums for private-sector workers, some employees pay almost 10 ti...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 5:02pm
  • With employee health insurance costs rising, the Homer City Council’s direction to City Manager Walt Wrede earlier this year was clear: Curb the increase....

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:54pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital auxiliarists put the finishing touches on the hospital’s Christmas tree. From left are Barbara Kennedy, Laveda Youngblood, Roberta Harris, Jan Goehringer, Carole Mann, Linda Partridge and Cleo Webb.                     &nbs...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:27pm
  • Following a successful program last year, Alaska State Troopers are holding a second Kenai Peninsula Citizen Academy. Capt. Andy Greenstreet said troopers got a lot of positive feedback from the roughly 25 citizens who graduated from the course last year, so the troopers E-Detachment decided to educ...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:23pm
  • JoEllen Hanrahan has been named the deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. Hanrahan previously served as the administrative services director for the department. Hanrahan is responsible for overseeing the department’s regulatory and consumer protect...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:29pm
  • A new ballot group has been created to defend Senate Bill 21 against repeal efforts. The Make Alaska Competitive Coalition — which has advocated for changes to Alaska’s oil tax structure since 2011 — announced Wednesday the creation of Keep Alaska Competitive — Vote No on 1 group....

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:28pm
  • The industry publication, “Pacific Fishing,” highlighted Homer’s port and harbor as the “Port of the Month” in the magazine’s November issue. The article focuses on the variety of vessels the harbor accommodates, the marine trades services available and other attractions for fishermen an...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:28pm
  • Homer Electric Association expects to implement a rate increase beginning Jan. 1, 2014. HEA will submit a filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that increases the Cost of Power Adjustment, or COPA, from 5.07 cents per kilowatt hour to an estimated 6.79 cents per kilowatt hour....

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:28pm
  • The Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. CEO says the company is continuing its efforts to develop the giant Pebble minerals project southwest of Anchorage, and is encouraged about prospects for bringing in a new partner to replace Anglo American, which withdrew from the project in September. The company ...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:27pm
  • Editor’s note: This is the fifth in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”   For a young state, Alaska has a long history with fisheries management. Alaska’s desire to manage fisheries, and salmon in particula...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:23pm

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