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  • The prosecution withdrew a plea agreement last Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the case of Makai “Mike” Martushoff, 59. Martushoff had been charged with one count of first-degree arson, a class A felony. A change-of-plea hearing scheduled for July 29 had been continued to Aug. 8 and then Aug. 14, but on ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:18pm
  • On a drizzly Saturday afternoon at WKFL Park — a park donated to Homer by Brother Asaiah Bates, another combat veteran turned peace activist — Father Roy Bourgeois spoke quietly of his journey to social justice.  “I don’t know what can be more important than working for peace and justic...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:17pm
  • Sure it rained on Friday. And yes, the wind blew. But no, it didn’t stop the Kenai Peninsula. When the gates opened at 9:30 a.m., the public, performers and vendors were ready for some fun. Rain was exactly what Deb Greeson of Alaska Crystal Cache in Anchorage had planned for. “We know it genera...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:16pm
  • Six Kenai Peninsula schools, including three on the lower peninsula, have earned a five-star rating, the highest available, under a new state accountability system. With Alaska receiving a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind, results of that system developed by the Alaska Department of Educ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 4:56pm
  • With the closing of the filing period for city of Homer and Kenai Peninsula Borough candidates in the upcoming Oct. 1 election, four Homer residents have thrown their hats into the ring for two city council openings. Seldovia resident Sunni Hilts will be running unopposed for re-election to KPB Scho...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 4:55pm
  • Sherry Bess’ canine companion, Mayberry, receives a blessing from Reverend Lisa Talbott of Homer United Methodist Church at The Blessing of the Animals on Saturday....

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 3:39pm
  • The U.S. Coast Guard has approved Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council’s annual recertification, allowing the organization to continue its mission of representing the citizens of Cook Inlet in promoting safe marine transportation and oil facility operations in the inlet. The council learn...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 1:03pm
  • Winter sports have an undeniable tourism draw for Alaska, but a recent effort in Anchorage could increase that economic impact several times over. In June, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan announced that he was forming an exploratory committee to consider a possible bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. The...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 1:01pm
  • SOLDOTNA — As several hundred people crowded around, waiting to get into the glass, steel and aluminum space housing the Kenai Peninsula College — Kenai River Campus’ new Career and Technical Education Center, Spencer Litzenberger had a different idea. The Blazy Construction Inc. worker knows ...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:59pm
  • Buccaneer Energy Limited has identified a new gas zone at the Cosmopolitan well drilled by the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence off Stariski Creek and north of Anchor Point in lower Cook Inlet. The well tested 16 million cubic feet daily of natural gas....

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:59pm

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