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  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — A lack of snow in Alaska’s largest city has led the world’s most famous sled dog race to shorten its ceremonial start this weekend. The Iditarod Trail Committee said in a news release Wednesday that the route will be reduced to 3 miles from its normal 11 miles on Anchorage str...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:20am
  • The district expects to hear from the state Legislature about how much money it will get April 27, the last day of session, said Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Director of Finance Laurie Olson. ...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:19am
  • A bill introduced Feb. 24 by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, would allow local governments to choose whether they wanted to grant a property tax exemption for resident seniors age 65 and older.  House Bill 338 would amend a current state law that mandates a $150,000 exemption on property assessments...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:18am
  • Homer Electric Association (HEA) is accepting nominations from members interested in running for a seat on the cooperative’s Board of Directors. The cooperative’s board is made up of nine directors, three from each of the three districts that make up the service area....

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 10:07am
  • The night before entrepreneurs across Alaska were able to apply for marijuana business licenses, the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly affirmed its local regulations. With a few exceptions, marijuana businesses in the Kenai Peninsula Borough will be regulated similarly to the way the state has chosen...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 10:07am
  • Panel advances national checks  for pot business applicants JUNEAU — A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that would allow regulators of Alaska’s up-and-coming legal marijuana industry to obtain national criminal history checks on those applyin...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 10:05am
  • Three Homer High School students sit on a peak of academic achievement as part of the top 10 percentile of students in the country. Each year, about 50,000 students are picked out of the 1.5 million students who enter the National Merit Scholarship Program as semifinalists or commended students. Fro...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 9:55am
  • Editor’s Note: Every month to accompany the Pay It Forward column, which is coordinated by The Homer Foundation, the Homer News runs a list of needs from area nonprofits. If you see a need you can fill, we encourage you to contact the agency and help pay it forward....

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 9:32am
  • A new beach policy passed at the Feb. 8 Homer City Council meeting came back for reconsideration at Monday’s meeting. On a move for a do-over by council member David Lewis, the council made one change — allowing vehicle use for seasonal coal picking at the Mariner Park Beach — but otherwise le...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 9:17am
  • Editor's note: The article has been changed to correct the name of Walter Swearingen and to clarify his medical situation regarding pain medication. Had Irwin Ravin been alive Monday to see the Homer City Council debate commercial cannabis in the city, he might have been amazed to hear the ...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 9:09am

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