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  • The plans for a history conference next April in Soldotna marking the anniversary of America’s purchase of Alaska from Russia are under way. With just over four months until the event, the organizers are gathering presenters, public engagement and, as always, stories. “It’s progressing,” sai...

    Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:24pm
  • The Alaska Republican Party Central Committee last Saturday sanctioned three Republican Party representatives — including District 31 Rep. Paul Seaton — for their role in forming a Democratic, Republican and independent majority coalition in the Alaska House. Also sanctioned were District 15 Rep...

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:25pm
  • The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is suing the Kenai Peninsula Borough over the borough assembly’s invocation policy, which it claims is discriminatory. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, comes on the heels of the assembly recently reviving its controversial invocation guideline policy, init...

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:25pm
  • A change of plea hearing for Stephen Boyle set for Dec. 13 has been continued to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 2017, at the Homer Courthouse. Boyle had been scheduled to enter a plea, but his lawyer, Andy Pevehouse, said he has not been able to discuss a possible plea agreement with Kenai assistant district at...

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:13pm
  • Homer Electric Association crews will be working on a maintenance project in the Anchor Point area starting Dec. 19 and with an anticipated completion date of Jan. 1, 2017. The crews will be installing new fuses along the power line which will improve the reliability of electric service....

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:13pm
  • A Homer man found a friend dead in her bed at their Kachemak Drive home, Homer Police said in a press release on Dec. 13. About 7:30 a.m. Tuesday a 44-year-old man made a 911 call reporting he found his friend, Lisa Tinnin, not breathing and unresponsive. Homer Police and Homer Volunteer Fire Depart...

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 2:13pm
  • Public defenders are working through discovery in the case of a Homer man accused of murder in the 2013 death of Mark Matthews, then 61, near the Poopdeck Trail in Homer. Lee John Henry, 55, was indicted by a grand jury Oct. 20 on one count of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murde...

    Wed, 12/14/2016 - 1:36pm
  • A flock of rock sandpipers scatters after a big wave hit the beach at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit last Saturday. Rock sandpipers return to Kachemak Bay in the fall and can be seen in big groups on the spit....

    Thu, 12/08/2016 - 2:16pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly revived its invocation policy during a reconsideration vote at its Tuesday meeting. The assembly passed an amendment Nov. 22 deleting the entire policy it had passed in October. That policy set guidelines for who would be allowed to provide the prayer before the ...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:11pm
  • In a meeting that ran to 10:30 Monday night, the Homer City Council at its regular meeting defeated several contentious last-minute budget amendments. About 60 people filled the Cowles Council Chambers to voice fierce opposition to several proposals, including: • A proposal by council member Tom S...

    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:04pm

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