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  • A new ordinance to completely ban commercial cannabis in the city of Homer has been introduced by council member Heath Smith. The council has been considering and introduced another ordinance regulating cannabis activities by zoning district. Smith’s ordinance, 16-06, would not allow any commercia...

    Fri, 02/05/2016 - 3:37pm
  • AVTEC gets $5M donation Alaska’s primary vocational school is upgrading its Maritime Training Center, for free. AVTEC’s Seward campus will soon receive new equipment and state-of-the-art simulators valued at more than $5 million as part of a donation from Superior Energy Service...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:44am
  • Groundhog Day came Monday evening for Robert Ruffner. The Soldotna conservationist got a call from Gov. Bill Walker Monday night asking if he would accept a nomination to the state Board of Fisheries again, nearly a year after his first confirmation narrowly failed to pass the Legislature. Ruffner s...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:46am
  • JUNEAU — The trans-Alaska Pipeline System is still 100 percent full. The speed of oil flow, not the amount of oil in the 39-year-old pipeline, is the issue creating engineering challenges for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, engineer Rob Annett told legislators and members of the public during a ...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:37am
  • Alaskans who have had the bodies of loved ones cremated often look to the wilderness to scatter ashes. People take remains out to favorite fishing spots or scatter them along hiking or ski trails. A Sadie Cove couple has expanded their lodge operations to offer a new way of interring cremated remain...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:16am
  • Sarah and Ben Hartmann pose with their son, Samuel Joseph Hartmann, on Jan. 24. Samuel was born at 12:53 a.m. Jan. 2, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital, the first baby born in Homer. He was born two weeks early and had to be flown the morning of his birth by medevac with his mom to Providence Alaska...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:08am
  • Late last month when Homer Police put out a BOLO — be on the lookout — for Dellan Vanbuskirk, 30, as a person of interest in several recent Homer crimes, Chief Mark Robl was coy about the crimes police suspected the Anchor Point man had done. On Jan. 28, police laid out the case against Vanbuski...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 8:43am
  • The Board of Education has found a representative for southern Kenai Peninsula residents. John “Zen” Kelly will be filling the District 9 seat left unoccupied for nearly two months since 12-year member Sunni Hilts served at her last meeting in early December. The Texan-turned-Alaskan has a famil...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 8:28am
  • When the 7.1 magnitude Iniskin earthquake hit at about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 24, it didn’t wake one Homer-grown seismologist — but that’s because Kasey Aderhold, a 2006 Homer High School graduate, now lives in Washington, D.C. Aderhold had an app set up on her smart phone to alert her in the event of...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 8:18am
  • Homer Police on Thursday charged Dellan Vanbuskirk, 30, with the Jan. 6 armed robbery of the Short Stop Tesoro Gas Station on Baycrest Hill. Alaska State Troopers on Jan. 22 had earlier arrested Vanbuskirk at an Anchor Point home on a warrant for driving while license revoked. Vanbuskirk will be arr...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:51pm

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