• JUNEAU — You can grow a 20-pound cucumber in Soldotna, but pay $5.79 for a one-pound bag of imported carrots in Kotzebue. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, Alaska varies region by region. Areas like the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Tanana Valley are great for growing, where outside farming ...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 1:12pm
  • After a bidding battle between a chain of two Pacific Northwest commercial fishing supply stores, LFS of Bellingham, Wash., made the top offer in a receivership sale and has purchased Redden Marine, including its Homer store, Kachemak Gear Shed. Englund Marine & Industrial Supply Co. of Astoria,...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 3:05pm
  • Visitor center extends hours The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is extending its hours through September to meet increased demand, staying open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The move to stay open longer, later into the season will ensure that the Vis...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 2:52pm
  • Anchor Point has a new dentist. Dr. Brandon Astin began working with Dr. Ryan Abbott, at the dental clinic at 34115 Sterling Highway, earlier this summer. He began seeing patients full time Sept. 1. Abbott is leaving the area for specialty training in dental prosthetics, or prosthodontics. The chang...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 1:18pm
  • Maritime apprenticeship offers job opportunities The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is revitalizing a job training initiative to place Alaskans in credentialed positions in the U.S.-flag commercial maritime fleet....

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:00pm
  • The U.S. Forest Service is moving forward with revisions to its management plan for the Chugach National Forest. The plan outlines strategies for managing the approximately 5.4 million-acre Chugach National Forest, which occupies the eastern part of the Kenai Peninsula and stretches eastward toward ...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:00pm
  • I take inventory of the kinds of veggies being sold at the Homer Farmers Market every week. This means that I walk around with a clip board and look official even though I am not doing a doggone thing to help organize or set up the Market. But it does give me a chance to wander around to all the sta...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:00pm
  • The Permanent Fund unofficially grew a modest 1.35 percent on a $52.8 billion portfolio in fiscal year 2016, the result of a volatile 12 months for public financial markets, according to Fund leadership. Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Executive Director Angela Rodell said during an Aug. 18 meeting of t...

    Thu, 09/01/2016 - 1:51pm
  • Who genuinely wants to be in an ambulance? When one is necessary, however, having the most reliable form of medical transport is critical, especially for rural communities. “This is a mobile emergency room,” said Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Painter. “No one wants to break down o...

    Thu, 09/01/2016 - 1:28pm
  • Issues around health-care delivery, cost and quality are frequent topics of discussion in our community, yet many people living in the area may not be aware that SVT Health & Wellness is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), or know what this designation means....

    Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:36pm

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