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  • In the first year of the 28th Alaska Legislature, the House and Senate moved at a faster pace, noted Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer. “There’s been more movement this year than normal,” he said. “More bills have passed through both bodies and sent to the governor.” Serving his first term in the ...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 3:55pm
  • With the first session of the 28th Alaska State Legislature set to adjourn April 14 and with Juneau having celebrated the 100th birthday of the Alaska legislature last month, former state Sen. Vic Fischer has a wish: “I would love to see the kind of bipartisanship that we had during my service in ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 4:11pm
  • Protesters at a rally last Thursday at Bishop’s Beach burn a $5.5 billion mock check made out to oil companies. About 75 people spoke against Senate Bill 21, Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposal to lower state taxes on oil companies. Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, voted “no recommendation” on the bill w...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:53pm
  • With the release last month of an environmental assessment, planning has moved forward for a new airstrip to serve the lower Cook Inlet villages of Nanwalek and Port Graham — the main transportation connection between them and Homer and the road system.  The two Alaska Native villages now hav...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:50pm
  • Most bank robbers try the direct approach in stealing cash: Enter a bank or credit union during business hours and demand it. Homer Police last week charged a Homer woman with taking a back-door approach when she allegedly broke into the Alaska USA Credit Union at about 1:45 a.m. last Friday.  ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:50pm
  • Eagles are flying over it and seals are poking their heads above its surface, but will fish be in it? That’s the million-dollar question when it comes to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, a popular fishing spot on the Spit. “That’s a fair question,” said Mike Booz, fishery biologist with the A...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:47pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER A late evening car crash on East End Road knocked out Internet service for about 400 customers on April 1.  Homer Police have charged a Homer woman, April Orleans, 26, with leaving the scene of an accident in relation to the crash. Acc...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:39pm
  • Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet has sentenced William Daugherty, 47, to time served for a fourth-degree assault conviction. A Homer jury had found Daugherty not guilty on three felony counts of kidnapping, third-degree assault and third-degree weapons misconduct in a trial held last mont...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:23pm
  • Enstar Natural Gas has selected Utility Technologies Inc. to install the natural gas distribution mains and service lines within the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District, according to John Sims, Enstar’s manager of corporate communications and customer service. “They have installed hund...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:12pm
  • Homer Mayor Beth Wythe stepped away from the gavel during a work session of the Homer City Council on Monday to present a report from the Homer Water and Sewer Task Force, which she chaired.  “When all is said and done, there are two rates in water and two rates in sewer,” said Wythe. “Th...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 2:45pm

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