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  • Most area moths are small, with wingspans of about an inch. But catching them with a digital camera macro lens gives us an opportunity to see their intricate, beautiful and sometimes bizarre details up close. Little is known about Alaska’s moths, so this area may harbor some biological rar...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:25am
  • Bristol Bay lived up to its reputation for unpredictability as a bizarre late rush of sockeyes has surged into fishermen’s nets nearly a week past the historical peak, with enough still coming to potentially surpass the 20-year average harvest by several million fish....

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:19am
  • JUNEAU — Alaska’s highest court ruled Friday that an initiative seeking to restrict large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region seriously impedes a regulatory process set out in state law and is unenforceable. The Alaska Supreme Court affirmed a lower-court ruling in litigation over the initiat...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:18am
  • With Alaska Medicaid cut by $51.9 million in this year’s state budget, Kenai Peninsula Medicaid providers are seeing the first financial effects of the underfunded program in the elimination of annual increases to their Medicaid reimbursement rates....

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:09am
  • Running a small business is tough, with national surveys showing high attrition rates. Homer certainly has turnover and challenges for entrepreneurs. Adrienne Sweeney is one local business person who recently earned a formidable edge. This spring she completed a prestigious national program for busi...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:08am
  • Running a small business is tough, with national surveys showing high attrition rates. Homer certainly has turnover and challenges for entrepreneurs. Adrienne Sweeney is one local business person who recently earned a formidable edge. This spring she completed a prestigious national program for busi...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:07am
  • Those hoping to get in on the ground floor of Alaska’s legal marijuana industry now have a supporter. The Alaska Marijuana Industry Association announced it is open for business July 9 during a briefing at The Boardroom workspace in downtown Anchorage. Alaska Marijuana Industry Association preside...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:05am
  • What are the traditional dishes you cook that have been passed down through the generations? Are the majority of your meals coming from a long lineage of food culture, or are they mostly swayed by what was on sale or quick to make? When I say “Italian food” or “Mexican food” a picture of ver...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:04am
  • The Kachemak Shellfish Mariculture Association, or KSMA, has been cultivating its dream of a local oyster hatchery in Homer since 2012. The hatchery raised more than 6 million oysters last spring and placed them into Kachemak Bay’s waters to grow to size over the winter months.   With headqua...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:03am
  • A year ago, Junie Rose regained consciousness to find her head in the lap of a stranger, her motorcycle smashed, traffic stopped around her and an ambulance arriving. She began to cry. Not, she said, for the pain, but out of the frustration that she could not continue on her quest to ride across the...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 9:37am
  • Alaska’s path to financial stability will be neither short nor easy, and local residents will have the chance to weigh in on the issue before the state forms its final plan of action. Randall Hoffbeck, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, addressed area residents in a presentation cal...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 9:30am
  • You can’t venture onto the Homer Spit without noticing something new and interesting — totes of beautiful red rockfish just unloaded at the Fish Dock; dark gray seabirds, shearwaters, among the scores of kittiwakes and gulls off the tip of the Spit; the 90-year-old wooden halibut schooner, the G...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 9:30am
  • Eighteen riders and horses practice their jumps at Mariner Beach Friday. It was the wrap-up to a five-day clinic in which instructor Jim Briggs of Washington taught dressage, show jumping and cross-country jumping....

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 9:25am
  • Driving in downtown Homer traffic can be a hassle. Is it better to drive all the way around to avoid turning left? Residents and the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) have pondered upgrades for years....

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 9:14am
  • The city of Homer convened a town-hall meeting Monday evening. Part of agenda was to discuss the city budget. But the focus was on a bigger issue: What services does the city need to provide and how will it pay for them over the long term? The crux of the matter is that the public, based on past vot...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 9:13am
  • The Alaska Small Business Development Center will host a two-day workshop on how to build a website next month. The fee is $50 and the online registration deadline is on Aug. 10. Prepayment and preregistration is required through an online credit card system or by submitting cash or check at Alaska ...

    Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:12am
  • Alaska’s oil and gas explorer and small producer tax credit program has been capped for this year but the program is still on the books and applications for credits are still being accepted, state Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck said. There is $500 million in the budget for the program and tha...

    Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:08am
  • Kenai Peninsula agriculture will have a new, expert pair of hands next month to help cultivate the developing industry. Casey Matney, who is currently the regional extension specialist of range management at the Colorado State University Extension Service, is filling the agriculture and horticulture...

    Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:07am
  • Alaska oil and gas production averaged 502,000 barrels per day in Fiscal Year 2015, the state’s budget year that ended June 30, according to preliminary data compiled by the state Department of Revenue. That is less than the 508,000 barrels per day average predicted in the spring, 2015 production ...

    Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:02am
  • I have heard flowers referred to as the crystals of the plant world. In the mineral kingdom, all elements of time and space, heat and pressure, material and moisture need to be just perfect for a crystal to grow in rock.   So it is with flowers....

    Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:00am

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