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  • Most of the traffic at the Salty Dawg at 11 a.m. on a recent Monday consists of tourists buying sweatshirts. But there’s some workaday drinking going on in here, too, including three guys from Louisiana off the 250-foot M/V Reliant. Employed by a contractor for Crowley on a natural gas pi...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:36am
  • A reckless driver in a Jeep Cherokee on Pioneer Avenue about 8 p.m. June 25 prompted two people to make 911 calls. Police said several people also called on the nonemergency line. When the driver hit a stop sign at Forest Glen Drive off the Sterling Highway, that got the attention of an off-duty Ala...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:31am
  • The Homer City Council set an apparent record at its regular Monday night meeting with what may be the largest council packet ever, a two-volume, 1,600-page tome that included 700 pages on beach policy recommendations.  Technically, the June 29 meeting was a special meeting since most council m...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:30am
  • Bad bugs attacking the forest have become a recurring nightmare for Alaska. The latest alarm comes from Halibut Cove, where tiny invaders created an icky spring surprise. How much of a threat they really pose to the trees and even their exact identities remain to be seen....

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:27am
  • Firefighters and Homer Police responded to numerous calls last week for people burning campfires, but otherwise the lower Kenai Peninsula has been spared huge wildfires raging elsewhere in the state. With continued dry weather, low winter snowfall and equipment and firefighters spread thin around th...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:18am
  • Friends of the Homer Public Library needs volunteers to help clean up/landscape the western lot and the use of a stump grinder on Sunday, June 28, from 1-5 p.m. at the library. Meet in the library parking lot at 1 p.m. Contact:Erin Hollowell at erin@friendshomerli...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:09am
  • When two artists join lives together, it’s inevitable that their art also will merge. For Asia Freeman and Michael Walsh, a couple who met through art and have been married for 5 years, sometimes that collaboration becomes a synthesis, as with their installation art work, “Backyard, Alaska,” s...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:07am
  • A single-car crash last week killed a Homer man. Alaska State Troopers said Bradley Dickey, 79, died of his injuries at the scene after his 1998 GMC Sierra truck left the road and hit a ditch about 4 p.m. June 17 near Mile 147 Sterling Highway near Stariski Creek....

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 8:45am
  • Sunday’s solstice officially marked the end of spring and beginning of summer. But for practical purposes, summer arrived early on the southern Kenai Peninsula, continuing the trend of record warm temperature anomalies. Average Homer temperatures ran about 5 degrees Fahrenheit above long-term norm...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 8:44am
  • More than a year ago, things looked bleak for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. The House Subcommittee on Fish and Game had cut annual funding. KBRR’s state partner, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, had told Homer’s community research program it would have to find another partner. All th...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 8:40am

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