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  • A year after someone killed a Homer man near a popular downtown trail, Homer’s only unsolved murder remains a priority for Homer Police, Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said Tuesday.  Two people walking on the Poopdeck Trail between Hazel Avenue and Pioneer Avenue found the body of Mark Matthews...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:11pm
  • Walk down a trail from the Homer Public Library to the Poopdeck Trail, and with brush in full leaf at high summer, the trail turns into a green tunnel. Alder, fireweed, grass and elderberry bushes choke the gravel path. At clearings along the trail, people hang around smoking and drinking. Beer and ...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:07pm
  • Cries of “fish on” and the splash of jumping silver salmon are welcome signs that after years of no activity, the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon is once again a hot spot on the Spit. Nearby cleaning tables, complete with running water, are equally busy as fishermen from the lagoon, known as the Fish...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:02pm
  • Roan Hall, 16, of Chugiak, has become the first recipient of the AFS-Peter Larson Memorial Scholarship. Hall was awarded the $1,000 grant by Flo Larson and met with her at Finn’s Pizza on Monday. The funds will help support a year living and studying in Steinkjer, Norway, as an AFS exchange studen...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:05pm
  • In spite of Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet’s decision in Castner vs. the city of Homer, condominium owners within the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District will have to wait awhile before the city decides how individual condos will be assessed....

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:43pm
  • From swapping plant starts in the springtime to sharing ripe produce in the fall, gardens inspire an attitude of giving. This spring, Homer’s St. John the Baptist Catholic Church joined a growing local trend of gardening for those in need.  Father Robert Leising is one of three priests who se...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:40pm
  • ANCHORAGE — Voters could to be asked to decide whether to ban setnets in certain parts of Alaska under a court decision made Wednesday. The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance, or AFCA, filed a ballot initiative petition in November seeking to ask voters whether to ban setnets in urban parts of...

    Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:26am
  • Long hours of fishing near the Barren Islands over the Fourth of July weekend and a 4 a.m. arrival back in the Homer Small Boat Harbor meant a late — or early, as the case may be — start time for Mike Flyum to get on the Sterling Highway and head back to his home in Wasilla. By the time his boat...

    Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:05pm
  • Long hours of fishing near the Barren Islands over the Fourth of July weekend and a 4 a.m. arrival back in the Homer Small Boat Harbor meant a late — or early, as the case may be — start time for Mike Flyum to get on the Sterling Highway and head back to his home in Wasilla. By the time his boat...

    Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:05pm
  • With a 5-4 vote, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed an ordinance at its Tuesday meeting to ask voters on the Oct. 7 ballot if a borough-wide bed tax should be implemented. But that could change. After assembly president Hal Smalley announced the ordinance passed — assembly members Kelly W...

    Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:56am

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