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  • A false carbon monoxide alert at a Homer residence earlier this month has prompted the Homer Volunteer Fire Department to remind home and business owners to install and check CO detectors. At about 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 6, firefighters went to a report of a CO detector alarm in a house. The homeowner&nb...

    Wed, 11/26/2014 - 9:21am
  • Reminder: Nov. 26 early release day; no school Nov. 27-28 Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Thursday and Friday. In addition, today, Nov. 26, is the third of six early release days scheduled in the district for the...

    Wed, 11/26/2014 - 9:02am
  • The Better Business Bureau, serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington, has officially launched its 2015 “Students of Integrity Scholarship.” High school seniors in the Northwest will have an opportunity to win a $10,000 scholarship by creating a 90-second video demonstrating how BBB helps pe...

    Wed, 11/26/2014 - 9:01am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Nov. 26: Early release day. School ends 90 minutes early. Dec. 1: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7 p.m. Chapman School Nov. 26: Movie morning: Frozen-PG (tentative). ...

    Wed, 11/26/2014 - 9:00am
  • Outstanding musicians from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming have been selected to participate in a 2015 NAfME, the National Association for Music Educators, All-Northwest performing group. The high school bands, orchestras and choirs will meet in Spokane, Wash., Feb. 12-15. Amo...

    Wed, 11/26/2014 - 8:58am
  • The students in teacher Wendy Todd’s kindergarten class at Paul Banks Elementary School have, as in years past, generously donated their tips for making the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. Todd sparked the youngsters’ creativity with the lead sentence, “Let’s cook a turkey!” Details provided ...

    Wed, 11/26/2014 - 8:57am
  • “Energizing and optimistic” was how Nancy Lord of Homer described her participation in two days of meetings last week as part of a 250-member transition team advising Governor-elect Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallot. Lord served on the Arctic Policy and Climate Change Subcommittee...

    Wed, 11/26/2014 - 8:25am
  • At his home 8 miles northwest of Homer, weather observer Allan Crawford makes daily records of maximum and minimum temperature and precipitation.  “Weather is what happens every day,” he said in comparing climate to weather, but Crawford, 73, also could be talking about his dedication as a ...

    Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:53pm
  • A recommendation from Tom Klinkner, attorney for the city of Homer, may mean local condo owners can relax when it comes to individual property assessments within the city’s natural gas distribution system special assessment district....

    Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:48pm
  • Forget the 9 a.m. posted start time for Kachemak Bay Lions Thanksgiving Basket Program’s packing of food boxes on Saturday. The parking lot outside the fellowship hall of Homer United Methodist Church, where the activity was taking place, was filled with eager volunteers long before the clock’s ...

    Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:46pm
  • An outage at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday cut power to 16,000 Homer Electric Association meters and affected members from south Kachemak Bay to Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula. HEA engineers fully restored power to all customers by 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19....

    Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:42pm
  • From Sitka to Kodiak, small, independent commercial fishermen are taking an increasingly hands-on role in marketing their own fish. Rhonda Hubbard and her husband Jim of Seward started selling and processing their own fish more than two decades ago. Since then, she’s seen more fishermen do the sam...

    Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:26am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — A state agency has agreed to provide a commercial loan for a company that wants to build a $6 million theme park in Wasilla. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority will lend $5.4 million to Oregon businessman John Schweiger for a project he’s calling Valley Famil...

    Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:03am
  • After nearly a month of negotiations, Houston-based Baker Hughes on Monday announced its sale to Halliburton Company in a deal worth about $34.6 billion. Halliburton made an unsolicited proposal to Baker Hughes on Oct. 13 to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Baker Hughes — the discussions o...

    Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:02am
  • Gov. Sean Parnell last week appointed 18 members of the Alaska Travel Industry Association to serve on the Alaska Tourism Marketing Board. Senate Bill 194, recently signed into law by the governor, creates a board that will make recommendations for tourism marketing strategies that are in the public...

    Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:57am
  • The deadline to enter the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s photo contest is Nov. 30. Alaskans can enter photos of themselves fishing, with their catch, their boats, scenic photos that don’t include fish, old-school fishing photos, funny fish photos, and more and win great prizes.  The F...

    Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:57am
  • Sherry Stead, Julian McFarlin, Annie Wiard and Diana Jeska serve soup at the Empty Bowls Luncheon last Friday at Homer United Methodist Church. Soup was provided by more than 20 local restaurants. A dozen local potters and students from the Homer High School advanced pottery class donated bowls to b...

    Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:32am
  • A report to Homer Police of suspicious activity at the NAPA parking lot on Main Street about 7:20 p.m. Nov. 5 turned out to be a church youth game.  Homer Police Lt. Will Hutt said a man passing by called 911 when he saw young people sitting on the sidewalk wearing hoods and with their hands be...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:49pm
  • Following a rash of citizen complaints last week of suspicious salesmen going door-to-door pitching magazine subscriptions, Homer Police on Nov. 12 eventually caught up with one of the men and warned him of selling without an itinerant merchant’s license. That warning apparently stopped the salesm...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:47pm
  • Some good old-fashioned police work, including an attentive dispatcher, lead to the arrest this week of four people Homer Police said were involved in the Nov. 7 burglary of a downtown dentist’s office and home on Grubstake Avenue just south of Homer City Hall. Burglars took more than $10,000 in i...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:46pm

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