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  • 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
  • A former Wagon Wheel employee who took $716 from the Ocean Drive store in September after falsely claiming he had been robbed has pleaded guilty to third-degree theft. On Nov. 10 at the Homer Courthouse before Judge Margaret Murphy, Tommy L. Neal, 20, also pleaded guilty to new charges of fourth-deg...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:31pm
  • One floor or two floors? One phase or two phases? It was an agenda of possibilities at the Nov. 10 meeting of the Public Safety Building Review Committee....

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:30pm
  • A Homer man said he is fine after being bitten by a shark last Thursday off the west coast of Maui, Hawaii. Andrew Haas, 53, suffered a cut to his leg while snorkeling. A friend took Haas to a medical clinic and then the clinic called an ambulance to take him to Maui Memorial Medical Center....

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:30pm
  • As an Anchorage consulting firm continues working on the city’s Park, Art, Recreation and Culture, or PARC, assessment, last Thursday members of the firm held a community workshop at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center to brief citizens and PARC group representatives of its progress. Agnew...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:29pm
  • It was an evening of adventure, of hilarity, of community engagement. The Homer Outdoor Film Festival, also known as HoWL’s annual fundraiser, drew a crowd of more than 300 people to the Mariner Theater, where HoWL showcased 16 incredible films by local professional and amateur filmmakers alike.&n...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:21pm
  • In a delicate operation about as slow as watching the tide come in, on Monday the 765-foot heavy lift vessel Zhen Hua 15 loaded the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence in preparation for its transit to South Africa. Workers with Spartan Offshore Drilling and Kenai Offshore Ventures, the rig...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:13pm
  • EAGLE RIVER — The classroom at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center was serene and airy with silver-soft light filtering across the room. Bright nature murals sprawl across the walls and large windows overlook a tree-filled courtyard. Suddenly, women shuffled in, a dozen sneakered feet, a dozen yel...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:11pm
  • A recent study published in the journal “Fish and Fisheries” by anthropologist and archeologist Dr. Herbert Maschner sheds a more historical and prehistorical light on Steller sea lion populations in Western Alaska, and the effects of human interaction. In 1997, National Marine ...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:03pm
  • A recent study published in the journal “Fish and Fisheries” by anthropologist and archeologist Dr. Herbert Maschner sheds a more historical and prehistorical light on Steller sea lion populations in Western Alaska, and the effects of human interaction. In 1997, National Marine ...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:02pm
  • JUNEAU — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich conceded the Alaska Senate race to Republican Dan Sullivan on Monday, nearly two weeks after the hard-fought election. Begich said he congratulated Sullivan, a former state attorney general and natural resources commissioner, and urged him “to adopt a bi...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:00pm

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