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  • Homer author Tom Kizzia holds a Homer Bookstore T-shirt at an event last Saturday honoring him for his book, “Pilgrim’s Wilderness,” becoming the all-time best-seller at the bookstore. The previous best-seller was J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:12am
  • The Alaska Legislature’s failure to extend the limited entry program for weathervane scallop fishing, which expired Dec. 30, 2013, has created an open-access opportunity in state waters for the succulent mollusks. Originally developed during the 2002 legislative session and extended again in 2008,...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:04am
  • There are huge benefits for the state if Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed state participation in a North Slope gas project goes forward: as much as $2 billion to $3 billion per year in new revenues. If the project were expanded, as the partnership deal anticipates, state revenues could increase by 30 ...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:04am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — An initiative letting voters decide whether to raise the minimum wage in Alaska has met the minimum signatory requirements to be on the Aug. 19 ballot. Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says in an email that about 6,000 votes remain to be checked before the initiative w...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:21pm
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Second Star, 5620 Kachemak Drive. Second Star, named for the location of Neverland in “Peter Pan” is a luxury rental property. ...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:21pm
  • Homer Electric will award a number of academic or vocational scholarships in 2014. The scholarships are available for high school seniors, from each of Homer Electric’s three districts, and adults wishing to continue their education.  The deadline for submitting HEA scholarship applications i...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:20pm
  • JUNEAU — Mining is good for Alaska’s economy, but while the state’s six producing mines are holding up well, and some even expanding, a sharp 38 percent drop in exploration spending last year is having ripple effects. Overall, mining employed 4,600 Alaskans directly last year and the overall e...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:17pm
  • JUNEAU — In 2010, the state adopted an energy policy that, among other things, set a goal of having 50 percent Alaska’s electric generation come from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. The likeliest way to reach the goal is widely believed to include a major project in southcentra...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:17pm
  • Get ready for another busy tourist season in the Kenai Peninsula. Projections for 2014 have called for another 2 percent increase with an estimated 500,000 peninsula visitors, said Shanon Hamrick, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council. Hamrick said she is expecting reco...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:27pm
  • Increased oil and gas activity are driving the central Kenai Peninsula real estate market, according to local realtors. “Overall, we’re seeing an increase in productivity, we’re seeing an increase in interest,” said RE/MAX real estate agent Glenda Feeken. “We’re so much more positive tha...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:26pm

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