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  • In this climate-changed world, there are reasons to get sentimental about ice. It is old, for one. Our local sheet — the Harding Icefield — was formed more than 23,000 years ago. And it is disappearing. But it’s not ice George Tyrer feels nostalgic about. It is the 32-year-old ice-making machi...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 8:48am
  • A Discovery Channel reality TV star facing a charge of using a helicopter in a bear hunt suffered injuries from a fall about 6 a.m. Monday morning at Otter Cove in Kachemak Bay.  Atz Lee Kilcher, 38, had to be medevaced by LifeMed helicopter from the scene to a hospital, Alaska State Troopers s...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 8:41am
  • In his 1968 essay, “The Tragedy of the Commons,” philosopher Garrett Hardin posed a dilemma. When someone uses a commonly held resource, it’s in the individual’s best interest to maximize use of that resource, what he called “the commons.” Yet when they do, a tragedy happens: the commons...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 8:37am
  • What do you get when you mix 15 teenage girls, a church camping trip and a hot, muggy day?  Girl power is what you get, and a lot of it. It was supposed to rain all day on June 4 in Seldovia, when 15 girls began the long trek from their campsite to the road where they would be caravanned to the...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:53am
  • Shawn and Ember Jackinsky’s garden looks almost like every other northern garden. There are currants, chickens, gooseberries, carrots and kale, all protected from the vanguards of the moose by a tall fence.  But a short interview with the brother and sister duo will tell you that this garden ...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:10am
  • Next Monday at its 6 p.m. regular meeting, the Homer City Council will go from placid tidepools to heavy surf when it considers an ordinance to be introduced by council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds regulating motorized vehicle access to Bishop’s Beach and the Homer Spit....

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 8:43am
  • An Alaska Air Guard Guardian Angel team early on July 28 rescued two hikers lost near China Poot Lake on the south shore of Kachemak Bay. An Air Guard Pavehawk helicopter took Patrick King, 57, of Kenai, and Victoria Baldasarre, 55, of Amherst, N.H., to the Homer Airport. Both were uninjured. The hi...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 8:40am
  • 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

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