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  • Gov. Bill Walker on Friday encouraged two diverse Homer audiences not to overreact or panic as the state makes some changes and figures its way out of a budget deficit of about $3.5 billion. Contrary to “Alaska being on the rocks,” as one BBC reporter said during a recent interview, Walker said,...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 3:13pm
  • If you thought election season was over, think again.  On Monday night, the Homer City Council passed resolutions for two more elections over the next two months: on Nov. 3, a run-off between Heath Smith and Beau Burgess for the second available seat on the city council (see story this page...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 2:50pm
  • A Nov. 3 run-off election will determine whether political newcomer Heath Smith or incumbent Beau Burgess is the winner of the second open seat on the Homer City Council. Donna Aderhold was the clear winner of one of the two open seats on the council, garnering 46 percent of half the total votes, wh...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 2:49pm
  • Over the course of one day, the first woman documented to have driven solo across the contiguous United States spent 11 hours digging her car out of mud and then shot a charging coyote.  The year was 1915, and the woman was silent-movie star Anita King. She was undertaking the journey along the...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 2:25pm
  • Whales swim through Kachemak Bay on Wednesday morning. Longtime residents report more humpback and Minke whales have stayed in Kachemak Bay longer than anyone can remember....

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 2:18pm
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory will host the annual Haunted Hickory food drive on Oct. 29. The annual event, which dates back to when the Coast Guard Cutter Sedge was homeported in Homer, is sponsored by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory each year around Halloween.  Since i...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:35pm
  • As of Oct. 6, the intersection of Pioneer Avenue and Main Street is a four-way full stop intersection. The new stoplight is not yet connected to power, so it remains dark, but Swanson General Contractors owner Rob Swanson, whose company put in the light, wants to emphasize that that doesn’t mean i...

    Mon, 10/12/2015 - 11:01am
  • Alaska salmon scored a partial victory this week, but PacRim’s coal mine could still happen. On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources granted an instream flow reservation, or IFR, to Chuitna Citizen’s Coalition for the lower section of Middle Creek. Middle Creek is part of the wate...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:48pm
  • Proposition 1, a controversial ballot initiative to remove from some cities the right to tax groceries year-round, passed in a landslide Tuesday night, with overwhelming support in Homer. Proposition 1 is the continuation of a 2008 citizens’ initiative to repeal the winter tax on nonprepared foods...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:47pm
  • In the District 9 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly race between two political novices, Willy Dunne, 60, handily defeated Dawson Slaughter, 25, with 56.26 percent to 43.51 percent of the vote in unofficial results.  Dunne, of Fritz Creek, led in all precincts except Slaughter’s hometown of Anc...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:46pm

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