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  • A man accused of robbing the Grog Shop, a liquor store in Homer, waived his indictment and accepted a plea deal on May 22 at the Kenai Courthouse. John Mumey, 51, who was originally charged with robbery in the first degree, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree robbery, a felony charge....

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:06pm
  • The Alaska Aviation Centennial Celebration arrived at the Homer Airport the evening of May 24 to an appreciative crowd of about 150. Spectators marveled at the 1943 T-6 Texan trainer, the 1933 Stinson L-13 Grasshopper, and the 1938 AT-6 Texan “Harvard.” The planes were all used during World War ...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:02pm
  • FAIRBANKS — The National Guard has helped evacuate residents from a small community in Alaska’s interior where a river ice jam caused major flooding, washing out roads and submerging homes and other buildings. State officials estimate several hundred people have left the town of Galena, which re...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:38pm
  • Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell visited the central Kenai Peninsula Tuesday and signed three bills sponsored by members of the local legislative delegation during the last session. As Parnell addressed the joint Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce luncheon group, he said he was proud of the coordinatio...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:34pm
  • As Homer heads into the 2013 tourist season, it appears visitors are reacting positively to an improving economy; local charters and lodging concerns are reporting increased and earlier bookings; and many are saying it could be the best summer in several years. Meanwhile, the Alaska Department of Co...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:32pm
  • The Seldovia of today is a quiet, remote Alaska community of fewer than 300 residents.There was a time, however, when Seldovia was anything but quiet....

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:30pm
  • A photo caption in the May 23 Homer News incorrectly stated the fishing status of the Anchor River. The river is open to fishing downstream of an Alaska Department of Fish and Game weir below the Anchor River-Old Sterling Highway bridge....

    Fri, 05/24/2013 - 11:54am
  • The history of Memorial Day, a day for honoring all those who died in service to the nation, dates back decades before World War II touched the shores of the Aleutians. It was originally known as “Decoration Day” and officially proclaimed Memorial Day and first observed in May 1868. In 1971, it ...

    Thu, 05/23/2013 - 10:46am
  • The devastation of war is real enough when beamed into living rooms from across thousands of miles. For some, the reality lives in memories of those who were on the battlefront. For others, it’s the emptiness left by a family member who never returned from duty to his or her country....

    Thu, 05/23/2013 - 10:42am
  • A rare subspecies of killer whales, also known as orcas, that prey on sharks was seen on Monday in Kachemak Bay. Dave Lyon of Ashore Water Taxi  first reported the pod of about 25 whales, and researchers with the North Gulf Oceanic Society investigated. ...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 4:47pm

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