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  • Editor’s note: In this two-part series, the Homer News looks at the history of Old Town and its roots as a cultural and economic center of historic Homer. Next week we’ll look at the changes planned for Old Town and its challenges....

    Wed, 10/16/2013 - 3:02pm
  • Online reviews of Bay View Inn praise its “excellent,” “amazing” and “breathtaking views.” Its cleanliness, price and outdoor eating areas also rate high. Those were written before its owner and former Homer City Council member Dennis Novak died in 2011. Now, that once popular haven for ...

    Wed, 10/16/2013 - 2:30pm
  • Registration for the Tustumena 200 will open at 8 a.m. Oct. 15. The T200 entry fee is $250 for early entry and $350 after Jan. 15. The T100 entry fee is $150.   The T200 is limited to 40 mushers. The T100 is limited to 15 mushers. A wait list will be created for each race. The start order will ...

    Thu, 10/10/2013 - 7:58am
  • Let there be no doubt about it: Fishing season isn’t over. Just ask the cash-winning anglers in the 17th annual Homer Elks Winter King Salmon Derby.  In spite of a little wind and choppy water, 117 entrants signed up for the two-day event, according to Mike Parish, the derby committee chairma...

    Thu, 10/10/2013 - 7:58am
  • The State of Alaska has created a database with more than 8 million acres of land listed in it to speed up the process of Alaska Native Allotment Act claims. The database, which will be shared with the Bureau of Land Management, is expected to help Alaska Natives whose claims have not been fulfilled...

    Thu, 10/10/2013 - 7:39am
  • Although Homer city officials said they hoped the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence would moor at the Deep Water Dock this winter, the rig has moved to English Bay near Port Graham, Dean Gallegos, executive chairman of Buccaneer Energy Limited, said in a press release on Tuesday. The Ende...

    Thu, 10/10/2013 - 7:38am
  • The final ballots were reviewed Tuesday and numbers show voters re-elected Mayor Pat Porter to serve the city of Kenai. Porter received 633 total votes, and candidate Bob Molloy came in at 600, for a 33-vote difference. At the close of the Oct. 1 Election Day, Porter had a 32-vote lead on Molloy. Th...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 2:52pm
  • A Homer woman had a brief scare late last month when Homer Police said a drunk man tried to get into her van parked at a Pioneer Avenue church. Police arrested David Craig, 21, for fourth-degree assault and attempted second-degree criminal trespass. Police said Craig had a preliminary breath-test re...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 2:51pm
  • The six-member Canvass Board of the Kenai Peninsula Borough met Tuesday to tally 1,295 questioned, absentee and special needs ballots, as well as those from by-mail or fax precincts, of the Oct. 1 regular election. Those votes, combined with those counted on election night, were presented to the bor...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 2:33pm
  • Investigators have not yet determined the cause of a fire last Thursday that killed a 46-year-old man at a Nikolaevsk home. After putting out the fire, firefighters found the remains of the man in the single-story ranch home.  Alaska State Troopers identified the victim as Andres “Andy” Afo...

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 2:26pm

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