• ANCHORAGE — Two fatal crashes of Alaska commuter aircraft and five other accidents or incidents have led the National Transportation Safety Board to recommend a comprehensive safety audit of the company that provides most commuter air service within the state.The NTSB announced May 1 an “urgent ...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 1:04pm
  • “It’s humming!” Rick Roeske, shouted over the deep vibrations emitting from the maze of whirring turbines and endless pipes crisscrossing within the new Nikiski Combined Cycle facility, where the majority of the Kenai Peninsula’s power is now produced.The facility is considered the cornersto...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 12:53pm
  • The sunken ferry dock in Skagway has its head back above water. Western Marine Construction Inc., a Juneau-based company, was contracted over the weekend to work on the dock’s infrastructure. The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced the dock’s raising by Facebook on...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:17pm
  • Following the loss of both employees at the Homer Division of Motor Vehicles office, the office at 3798 Lake St. is now on an abbreviated schedule.  The office is open today from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with a closure from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for road tests, and will be open on a schedule to be anno...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:17pm
  • ANCHORAGE — The embodiment of an Alaska cliche is for sale. The massive urethane igloo that’s a must-stop for summer tourists heading up the Parks Highway en route to Denali National Park and Preserve can be had for $300,000....

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:15pm
  • KENAI — The rising cost of health-care premiums for city employees has the city of Kenai grappling with a proposed half mill rate increase as administration works to finalize the city’s operating budget for 2015. Kenai City Manager Rick Koch said the mill rate has not increased in the eight year...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:13pm
  • The Kenai branch of Acuren USA has suspended operations after the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission found high radiation readings during a surprise inspection in early April. The company is licensed to use radioactive materials when inspecting pipe welds. According to a confirmatory action...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:12pm
  • The Homer News took home 13 Alaska Press Club awards last Saturday at the statewide media organization’s annual conference and banquet. Now celebrating its 50th year, the Homer News also took third place for best weekly newspaper. Topping the list are five first-place awards: • Best sports photo...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:11pm
  • Homer News staff writer Michael Armstrong, also a science fiction writer, has been honored for his service to the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a national writers organization. He will receive the Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA award at SFWA’s Nebula Awards banquet in San ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:00pm
  • ANCHORAGE — The three main Republican candidates for U.S. Senate all are anti-abortion, believe government surveillance goes too far and are not in favor of legalizing marijuana. Fairbanks attorney Joe Miller, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan and current Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell answered questi...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:56am

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