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  • Despite an attempted torching on Friday night and destruction of the Burning Basket early Sunday at Mariner Park, volunteers rallied Sunday afternoon to rebuild “Reach: A Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening.” The 12th annual event happened as scheduled, with about 150 people visiting the repai...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 8:03am
  • Homer and halibut go hand in hand. After all, anyone can see from the top of Baycrest hill that Homer is the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.”. So when the Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) was deciding on a place to hold the first annual Halibut Festival, Homer was an easy choice....

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 7:40am
  • Homer property owners who missed the Sept. 1 deadline to make Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District payments got a 35-day grace period. At Monday’s Homer City Council meeting, the council passed on the consent agenda a memorandum setting a new deadline without penalties for property owners...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 7:29am
  • At meetings in Homer and Ninilchik last week, Alaska Department of Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck laid out the cold, hard facts. Like a sourdough looking to get through the winter with half a food cache full of moose, Alaska has a fiscal gap it has to close in three years before its savings res...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 7:27am
  • Enrollment for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is hovering at 90 fewer students than originally projected, which may mean a nearly $1 million cut to expected local and state funding for the 2015–2016 school year. Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones discussed a one-day snapshot from the...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 7:26am
  • Despite an attempted torching on Friday night and destruction of the Burning Basket early Sunday at Mariner Park, artists on Sunday morning said they will rebuild “Reach: A Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening.” “We are going to still have a Burning Basket,” said artist Mavis Muller, the fa...

    Sun, 09/13/2015 - 11:15am
  • A proposed ordinance that would restrict driving on Homer beaches east of Bishop’s Beach won’t be introduced until January, council member Catriona Reynolds said last week. Reynolds had said earlier she and council member Francie Roberts intended to introduce a compromise beach policy ordinance ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:36am
  • One of Homer’s newest sports might have a funny name, but pickleball has become a great sport accessible to all ages.  It’s played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court with an oversized ping pong paddle and a whiffle ball. It combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping p...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:31am
  • The intricate patterns of quilts made by Laveda Youngblood reflect the 80-year-old’s artistry. For more than 20 years, she has selected, as well as created her own designs. She’s matched fabrics, embroidered and appliqued detail. She’s stitched by hand and machine hundreds of quilts that have ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:25am
  • There has been a recent increase in the number of dead sea otters washing ashore on Kachemak Bay and lower Cook Inlet beaches, including multiple carcasses within short stretches of beach, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a press release last Friday. ...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:22am

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