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  • Alaska State Troopers on July 24 charged a fourth person in an alleged theft of about $200 in oysters from a Little Jakolof Cove oyster farm. Using images from a trail camera that took photos of a group on the dock of the oyster farm, troopers identified a fourth suspect as Anders Gustafson, 37. Tro...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:35am
  • Medical service areas, and the implications of their boundaries, drew the most debate from Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members during their Tuesday night meeting....

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:42am
  • The Alaska Small Business Development Center will host one-day workshop on how to build a website next month. The fee is $65 and the online registration deadline is Aug. 10. Prepayment and preregistration are required through an online credit card system or by submitting cash or check at Alaska SBDC...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:40am
  • ConocoPhillips is getting out of the natural gas production business in Cook Inlet. The company has put its inlet gas assets up for sale and plans to open a data room for prospective buyers. However, the company’s liquefied natural gas plant at Nikiski is not included in the assets for sale, compa...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:40am
  • Collective bargaining between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the Kenai Peninsula Education and Kenai Peninsula Education Support associations remains at an impasse. The three entities agreed on April 15 that hiring a mediator is necessary to negotiate the teacher and support staff c...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:39am
  • Do you know a small business that rocks leadership, ethics and organization? How about a local Alaska chamber of commerce known for its community involvement and excellent business reputation? What about an outstanding Alaskan whose contributions to Alaska go above and beyond?...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:38am
  • Conrad Daley, executive director of the Alaska Cannabis Growers’ Association, tried to get his organization a bank account for months, and has yet to keep one. Two months after finally securing an account with an Alaska KeyBank branch, he received an account closure notice from the bank’s Ohio h...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:38am
  • The man on the phone has a thick Indian accent. He says his name is James Mirrer and that he is calling from Microsoft technical support in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s received notification that there is a really dangerous virus on my computer. If I’m close to my computer, he assures me, he can h...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:34am
  • There is always more to learn. I found this out after years of making kombucha at home and trying to explain to people how a scoby makes kombucha.  The scoby is a culture, I would say. It ferments the sugar in the tea. You put that scoby in tea and in a week or two you will have kombucha. The s...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:32am
  • Bristol Bay’s late-arriving sockeye run has contributed to a healthy commercial harvest of more than 47.6 million sockeye statewide, though some fisheries have yet to heat up with strangely behaving tardy returns. Statewide, the sockeye harvest has already surpassed the 2014 total and on the conte...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:31am
  • ANCHORAGE — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has named a new university president after a monthslong search for the right candidate. The Alaska Dispatch News reports  the university announced Tuesday that Jim Johnsen would replace retiring University of Alaska President Pat Gamble. J...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:28am
  • JUNEAU — Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has chosen a new director for Alaska’s Division of Elections. Mallott asked for and accepted the resignation of Gail Fenumiai on Friday, said Claire Richardson, a special staff assistant to Mallott. Fenumiai will be replaced by Nome city manager Josie Bahnke, who ...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:26am
  • Two members of the Discovery Channel reality TV show, “Alaska: The Last Frontier,” have been charged with using a helicopter to hunt black bear in the filming of an episode of the popular Homer-based show.  Atz Lee Kilcher, 40, and Cristina Jane Kilcher, 40, both face one charge each of unl...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:24am
  • With an agenda rivaling a contractor’s punch list of things to do before freeze up, the Homer City Council at its regular Monday night meeting plowed through a 26-item agenda. ...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:19am
  • The Kevin Bell Arenaneeds stacking chairs with sled bases as skating aides during public skates.  Contact: info.kevinbellarena@gmail.com   The R.E.C. Room (Youth Resource & Enrichment Co-op)needs four large plastic tote storage bins wi...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:18am
  • Tip of the Spit • Flat-bottomed sea stars litter the beach and dangle from pilings during very low tides • Sea birds — including black-legged kittiwakes, glaucous-winged and mew gulls, and sheerwaters — gather near the metal “dolphins” where the Homer Grind Shack discharges fish...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:17am
  • Recognizing some citizen reluctance to the idea of funding a public safety building that could cost as much as $30 million, the Homer City Council on Monday rejected a proposal to appropriate $621,000 for a 35-percent design of a new police and fire building. It did pass on a 5-1 vote an amended ord...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:07am
  • A magnitude 6.3 earthquake that occurred Tuesday around 6:30 p.m had its epicenter on the west side of Cook Inlet in Lake Clark National Park, 58.8 miles northwest of Homer and approximately 44 miles southwest of Mount Redoubt Volcano, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazard we...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:04am
  • In 1966, when Daisy Lee Bitter, then a middle school science teacher in Anchorage, first brought a school group down to Homer for a daylong marine science field trip on the Spit, the group came by chartered DC-3 twin-prop airplane. Bitter was eager to show her students the incredible diversity of ma...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:02am
  • At life’s most difficult times, hospice caregivers offer valuable help. Yet hospice relies on the community for help in return. Volunteers and donors make it work....

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:00am

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