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  • Candidate filing periods opened this week for Homer City Council seats and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, Board of Education and service area boards.  The Homer filing period ends at 5 p.m. Aug. 17; the borough filing period ends at noon Aug. 17....

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 8:40am
  • Fish cutters at Coal Point Seafoods notice there’s less halibut coming into the 23-year-old fish processing business on Thursdays. Clad in head nets, aprons and rubber boots, they might grumble about filleting boney pollock instead. On Thursdays, they see more pollock, as well as salmon, lingcod, ...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 8:36am
  • Alaska’s economy and demographics are changing. Declining revenues have serious long-term implications for local government. Underlying causes — the oil industry decline and the graying population — are more pronounced for the Kenai Peninsula than for the state as a whole. While the city of Ho...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 8:28am
  • Alaska State Troopers on July 24 charged a fourth person in an alleged theft of about $200 in oysters from a Little Jakolof Cove oyster farm. Using images from a trail camera that took photos of a group on the dock of the oyster farm, troopers identified a fourth suspect as Anders Gustafson, 37. Tro...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:35am
  • Bristol Bay’s late-arriving sockeye run has contributed to a healthy commercial harvest of more than 47.6 million sockeye statewide, though some fisheries have yet to heat up with strangely behaving tardy returns. Statewide, the sockeye harvest has already surpassed the 2014 total and on the conte...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:31am
  • ANCHORAGE — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has named a new university president after a monthslong search for the right candidate. The Alaska Dispatch News reports  the university announced Tuesday that Jim Johnsen would replace retiring University of Alaska President Pat Gamble. J...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:28am
  • JUNEAU — Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has chosen a new director for Alaska’s Division of Elections. Mallott asked for and accepted the resignation of Gail Fenumiai on Friday, said Claire Richardson, a special staff assistant to Mallott. Fenumiai will be replaced by Nome city manager Josie Bahnke, who ...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:26am
  • Two members of the Discovery Channel reality TV show, “Alaska: The Last Frontier,” have been charged with using a helicopter to hunt black bear in the filming of an episode of the popular Homer-based show.  Atz Lee Kilcher, 40, and Cristina Jane Kilcher, 40, both face one charge each of unl...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:24am
  • With an agenda rivaling a contractor’s punch list of things to do before freeze up, the Homer City Council at its regular Monday night meeting plowed through a 26-item agenda. ...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:19am
  • The Kevin Bell Arenaneeds stacking chairs with sled bases as skating aides during public skates.  Contact: info.kevinbellarena@gmail.com   The R.E.C. Room (Youth Resource & Enrichment Co-op)needs four large plastic tote storage bins wi...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:18am

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