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  • Homer Electric Association is requesting a rate change in its quarterly filings with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. In its filing, HEA is proposing to decrease the Cost of Power Adjustment, or COPA, from 7.846 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 7.784 cents per kWh. COPA reflects the cost of the ...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:34pm
  • JUNEAU — It’s a wrap for Alaska’s film tax credit program. Legislation repealing the program has been signed into law by Gov. Bill Walker. Walker, in a release, said he supports the film industry in Alaska but the state is facing unprecedented financial times. He says it’s hard to justify co...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:33pm
  • Peppered around the Central Kenai Peninsula are islands of housing units easily attained by low-income, first-time homebuyers. No down payment is required, and mortgage installments are less than the average rent. The only caveat — the buyers build the houses by hand....

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:32pm
  • ANCHORAGE — After months of negotiations, the Alaska Legislature on Thursday approved a $5 billion budget that reduces spending while tapping the state’s reserves to help with multibillion-dollar deficits brought on by low oil prices. The plan now goes to Gov. Bill Walker, whose administration h...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:29pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is projecting a deficit of $3 million for the upcoming school year, but that figure could have been significantly higher. When state lawmakers agreed on a budget deal on Thursday, the $5,880 per-student base student allocation remained unchanged for the 20...

    Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:28pm
  • People come to Homer every year to have some kind of vacation adventure. There is always something for the adventurous down at the Homer Farmers Market.  If you are an adventurous grower, go ahead and try some okra, pepper or tomatillo, even watermelon or cantaloupe starts for your greenhouse. ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:38am
  • Homer residents who listen to public radio will hear no reporting from Fairbanks after July 1. On Monday, public radio station KUAC-FM announced it is leaving the Alaska Public Radio Network due to the cost of the service and large budget cuts from the state. KUAC is partially funded by the Universi...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:57am
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has hired Jan Knutson as its new visitor center manager and events coordinator. Knutson, 72, has been visiting and consulting in Alaska since the 1970s. ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:53am
  • The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted 6-3 on Sunday afternoon in Sitka to cut by 25 percent the amount of halibut that pollock and cod trawlers can catch in the Bering Sea. On paper, that’s good news for halibut fishermen, who have been demanding a cut in halibut bycatch. In reality, ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:51am

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