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  • Homer Police said a man arrested on Sunday for stealing a Subaru Forester is a suspect in other recent burglaries and break-ins. Police charged Lucky Ackerman, 35, with first-degree vehicle theft, a felony, but other charges may be forthcoming for burglary and theft, said Homer Police Sgt. Lary Kuhn...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:23pm
  • A one-of-a-kind quilt by Elaine Grabowski titled “Learning Is Fun” was raffled by Fireweed Academy on Wednesday, with Mindy Hunter holding the winning ticket. About 840 tickets were sold, raising more than $2,800. Teachers and parents have yet to decide specifically how the proceeds will benefit...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:23pm
  • The entire Paul Banks Elementary School student body — all 190 pre-kindergarten through second-grade students — filled the Mariner Theatre stage Monday morning to put the finishing touches on “A Bear-y Merry Holiday.” With props for the upcoming production of the Nutcracker pushed to the sid...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:22pm
  • In an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will close 55 motor-vehicle waste disposal wells across Alaska at state vehicle repair and maintenance facilities. Some wells are in groundwater-protection areas and pose a ri...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 4:08pm
  • 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 - 4:02pm
  • 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 - 3:54pm
  • 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 - 3:27pm
  • 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 - 3:23pm
  • 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 - 1:29pm
  • 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 - 1:28pm

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