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  • Whether you plan on camping over the weekend, celebrating with the U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday or attending memorial services on Monday, don’t forget where Memorial Day gets its name. “Let’s remember why we have this opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, the parks, that’s the important par...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 5:09pm
  • It’s all down to what Public Works Director Carey Meyer calls “the icing on the cake” — the final items on the city’s punch list for the 11,000-foot extension of the Homer Spit Trail.  The trail itself was paved earlier this month, just in time for passengers of the first cruise ship,...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 5:07pm
  • As the Funny River Horse Trail fire raged about 50 miles north of Homer, a long plume of smoke extending out into the Gulf of Alaska blanketed Kachemak Bay earlier this week.  On Wednesday morning, two days after the fire started, the fire had grown to 20,000 acres and burned 10 miles through d...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 5:04pm
  • A fire that began near Funny River Road in Soldotna has grown to nearly seven miles long and almost a mile wide, according to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry's Facebook page. 
By 11 p.m. Monday the fire had consumed nearly 2,500 acres. Fire crews remained on the f...

    Tue, 05/20/2014 - 8:18am
  • The Homer City Council, acting as the Board of Adjustment, reversed a conditional use permit for Kodiak Microwave System to build a 160-foot microwave tower on Easy Street near Skyline Drive. Several residents in the area, Joe Carter Jr., Kevin Dee, and Kevin and Kathleen Fay, had filed appeals of t...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:53pm
  • With good halibut fishing being reported, the 27th Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby begins today.  “People are going around the corner, past Flat Island and down to Elizabeth Island and catching fish weighing more than 100 (pounds) right now,” said Jim Lavrakas, executive director of the Homer C...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:50pm
  • Birders watch shorebirds at Mud Bay on the Homer Spit on Saturday during the 22nd annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. The migration peaked just as the festival started May 8, with 3,600 sandpipers seen on the Spit May 7 and 8,000 the following day. Birders also reported thousands of surfbirds an...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:48pm
  • With two months until the deadline, six city residents are gathering signatures to become candidates to serve on a one-year commission to draft a charter making Homer a home-rule city. To be placed on the Oct. 7 ballot, each candidate must gather the signatures of 50 registered city voters. The dead...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:47pm
  • A June 2 trial week date for brothers Anthony Resetarits and Joseph Resetarits could be delayed again, Judge Carl Bauman said Monday at a hearing in Kenai Superior Court. At issue are delays in having iPhone brand cell phones decrypted by Apple Inc.  Some iPhones seized by Alaska State Troopers...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:43pm
  • In a 4-3 vote with Mayor Beth Wythe breaking the tie, the Homer City Council at its regular meeting on Monday killed a proposed ordinance to raise its monthly stipend. Council members Beau Burgess, David Lewis and Francie Roberts sponsored Ordinance 14-17(A) that would have boosted each council memb...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:53pm

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