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  • With the sun shining outside, a six-woman crew inside the Homer United Methodist Church’s kitchen were busy last Friday putting together sack lunches to be offered to Homer teens needing a helping hand. ...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:16pm
  • KODIAK, Alaska — Locals in the city of Kodiak say the state’s ongoing delays in returning the area’s main ferry to service is hurting businesses. The delay in the Tustumena’s return is forcing travelers to cancel lodging and look for alternative ways to get to the island. The delays are affe...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:11pm
  • Light up the grill and invite some friends. It’s picnic time in Homer. In this case, the free community picnic, one of five governor’s picnics to be held around the state, with the public invited to share the festivities with Governor and First Lady Sean and Sandy Parnell, Lt. Governor Mead Trea...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:09pm
  • A proposed new water-sewer rate schedule comes back for reconsideration at 6 p.m. Monday for the Homer City Council’s regular meeting. Near the top of the agenda right after public comments, the motion to reconsider asks the question “Does the council want to look one more time at changing water...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:08pm
  • Sharon Bond’s son, 14-year-old Trevor, has a close connection to the vessels of the Alaska Marine Highway System. Especially the M/V Tustumena, the ship that links the family’s hone in Seldovia to the rest of the world. “Sometimes children with autism need a focus on something. His is on the f...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:08pm
  • Firefighters from the Homer Volunteer Fire Department were joined by firefighters from Kachemak Emergency Services and fire departments from Anchor Point, Alpine, the Pogo Mine and Prudhoe Bay for training in school bus extraction Saturday at the Homer Spit....

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 3:22pm
  • Mix summer tourist traffic with construction projects and the end of the road got a taste of big-city bumper-to-bumper traffic. Work on the Sterling Highway repaving project combined with the installation of the Homer distribution gas line by the post office backed up traffic from Pioneer Ave to Lak...

    Thu, 07/11/2013 - 3:41pm
  • In stark contrast to the scores who witnessed a 777 crash that killed two in San Francisco the day before, no one saw the crash of a nine-passenger charter plane that killed 10 people in Soldotna Sunday. All that was known about the crash, as of Monday night, was that the pilot was not able to keep ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 6:11pm
  • Now in her ninth year and her third term as a U.S. senator, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, once again visited Homer. This time, rather than a whirlwind visit, Murkowski made it a working holiday for the Fourth of July, meeting everyone from Seldovia children to burly men in kilts at the Homer Fourth...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 6:03pm
  • Homer Police this week charged a Homer man with first-degree arson, a felony, for allegedly torching his own motorhome. Alen T. Blatchford, 66, also was charged with failure to control or report a dangerous fire. Homer Police found Blatchford standing outside his motorhome on Jenny Way when they wen...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 5:15pm

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