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  • Ready or not Alaskans, here comes reality: higher taxes, more of them and a smaller dividend. Gov. Bill Walker last week unveiled his long-range fiscal plan for the state. It includes a personal income tax as well raising nearly every state industry tax in the face of yearly budget deficits approach...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:25am
  • While they might not agree on all aspects of Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed fiscal plan, Homer area business owners and public officials concur that Alaska’s current situation cannot be sustained. “I’m not surprised. They’ve been talking about that for a long time,” said Beth Wythe, Homer...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:23am
  • Lawmaster to leave Haven House South Peninsula Haven House executive director Jessica Lawmaster will leave her job effective Feb. 19, she said in a letter to the Haven House board of directors. Lawmaster will move to the Seattle area to be closer to her family. Lawmaster started at ...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:49am
  • ’Tis the season for cookie baking and candy making, so tie on your apron and join me in my holiday kitchen. My family loves their sweets, and the more the merrier. They have a special fondness for peanut butter and chocolate, buttery, crisp cookies frosted heavily with sweet and creamy frosting, s...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:41am
  • A campfire warmed people at the holiday tree lighting last Friday night at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. The Homer High School Swing Choir sang Christmas carols, and Santa and Mrs. Claus visited. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, also started on Su...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:26am
  • A chance encounter by a Homer Police Department officer on patrol at about 5 a.m. Dec. 2 disrupted an assault on an East End Road man in the driveway of his home across the street from Paul Banks Elementary School. Police said a man armed with a shotgun and a .45-caliber handgun scuffled with the vi...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:24am
  • One item topped the Homer City Council’s to-do list at Monday’s regular meeting, the absolute, must-pass ordinance it had to approve before the holidays: the budget. Monday night at its regular meeting, after a round of amendments tweaking the $11.7 million general fund budget, the council in a ...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:23am
  • Around the living room of the house that Sunni Hilts and her husband built themselves soon after moving to Seldovia in 1970, the display of framed family photos is bright and lively enough to rival the snowy wonderland out the window. Hilts points out their five children, one of whom was an Alaska N...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:22am
  • Speaking like a doctor advising a patient with high blood pressure to lose weight and exercise, in a talk in Homer last week Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre gave a frank diagnosis. But like a good doctor, he also offered a bit of hope and some good news.  “I’ve heard concerns, th...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:19am
  • Gov. Bill Walker is proposing the biggest changes to Alaska’s system of taxes and revenue since Jay Hammond signed legislation eliminating the state’s income tax in 1980. In a speech beginning at 11 a.m. in Anchorage, Walker proposed reviving the state income tax, increasing most taxes already c...

    Wed, 12/09/2015 - 12:40pm

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