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  • ANCHORAGE— Helicopters trying to rescue two skiers trapped on an Alaska ice field for four days waited out whiteout conditions that one pilot said were like flying inside a pingpong ball. The winds and blowing snow subsided enough Tuesday to allow an Alaska Air National Guard helicopter to land in...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:47am
  • Editor's Note: This story has been edited to correct Bob Enea's name.  A phone call from former crew member Jim Herbert informed David and Dennis Fry that the boat they fished on in the 1970s with their father was the Western Flyer — the vessel on which author John Steinbeck took the...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:52am
  • JUNEAU (AP) — The minority leader of the Alaska House said Wednesday that if his caucus isn’t satisfied with changes to the state’s oil and gas tax credit program, it will be hard to justify going into a major state savings account to help cover state costs. Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Ancho...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:33am
  • A proposed change in Alaska’s senior exemption on property taxes has been deleted from Senate Bill 210 by the Senate Finance Committee.  In his weekly newsletter, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, announced the committee deleted language which moved exemptions for seniors and disabled military veter...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:32am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker said Tuesday that as much of an optimist as he is, he doesn’t see state legislators wrapping up work on all the pieces needed for a fiscal plan by the scheduled end of the regular legislative session Sunday.  ...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:32am
  • A proposal by Homer Mayor Beth Wythe to fund at $600,000 a community recreation center that died at the March 29 Homer City Council meeting came back in a different form on the agenda Monday night. Wythe had proposed a grant that would come out of city reserves, but council member David Lewis upped ...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:29am
  • “If you had to summarize the arts in Homer, two words: Mary Epperson,” retired Homer High School teacher Mark Robinson said on Mary Epperson Day, a big celebration of her life at the Homer Council on the Arts In June 2014. Called the “creative heart of Homer,” Epperson, 93, died after a shor...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:28am
  • For people addicted to opiates — or any other substance — there are many barriers to successful recovery, despite the quality of resources that may be available. In Homer, not only is there a lack of care for existing addicts, but there also is a lack of a coordinated approach to prevention....

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:22am
  • Homer stands out as a major contributor to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser, due to the efforts of Gina Pelaia and her team, the Rolling Realtors.  The Homer community’s Big Brother Big Sister branch held the event on April 2 and had seven teams part...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:12am
  • The Legislature must take strides to reduce the deficit, but the transition will be smoother if it is a multi-year process, according to a new analysis....

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:24am

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