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  • Second-degree murder: guilty. Tampering with physical evidence: guilty. Self-defense: not proved. After three days of deliberation, a Homer jury last Thursday afternoon delivered those verdicts for Demarqus Green, 23, of Anchorage. Green, the jury concluded, could not claim self defense in the July ...

    Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:06pm
  • “Denied.” In a terse, five-line ruling on May 21, the Alaska Supreme Court made that judgment on the city of Homer’s petition for review of Kenai Superior Judge Charles Huguelet’s order that the city comply with his January 2014 decision in the Ken Castner v. City of Homer lawsuit....

    Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:05pm
  • After three days of deliberation, a Homer jury on Thursday afternoon found Demarqus Green, 23, of Anchorage, guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Demian Sagerser, then 40. Green had claimed self defense in the July 7, 2012, shooting of Sagerser at Sagerser’s Stariski Creek home. Green sa...

    Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:44pm
  • His Royal Highness King Harald V of Norway visits Anchorage and Homer next week for the first visit by the king to Alaska. King Harald arrives in Anchorage on Sunday and then visits Homer and Kachemak Bay on Tuesday morning. ...

    Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:11am
  • The cause of a gear-up aircraft landing on Saturday has not yet been determined and remains under investigation. National Transportation Safety Board investigators still have not even found if the incident involving an Alaska Air Transit charter flight caused sufficient damage to warrant NTSB review...

    Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:06am
  • They wore XtraTuf boots, high heel shoes, sneakers and slippers. They decorated their mortarboards with stuffed animals, religious symbols and greetings. One senior wrote, “Four years for a piece of paper and a handshake.” As they walked out, they strode to John Williams’ “Imperial March,”...

    Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:42am
  • It’s no secret people are captivated by salmon. We fish for them, hold music festivals in their honor, pay homage to them in artwork and depend on them for our livelihoods. They’re inspiring. So much so that Coowe Walker, researcher at the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, has dedicated a large ma...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:46pm
  • Since December, Homer Police have investigated and charged four men in separate cases involving inappropriate or illegal sexting messages sent by cell phone or on Facebook. ...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:40pm
  • “Public and permanent.” That’s the catch phrase Homer Police Sgt. Ryan Browning kept repeating in a talk on digital con- sciousness he did last month at Homer High School health and physical education classes....

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:39pm
  • Demarqus Green killed Demian Sagerser. On the night of July 7, 2012, Green, 23, pulled a 9 mm Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol on Demian Sag- erser, then 40, at Sagerser’s Stariski Creek cabin and shot him in the back and the side of his chest. Green then fled the scene, leaving Sagerser to ...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:18pm
  • Despite the on-record protestations of nearly 30 people, cheered on by an audience of more than 70, the Soldotna City Council voted to move forward with a plan to spend money researching the feasibility of annexing neighboring territory — albeit with a newly narrowed focus on the economic benefits...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:43pm
  • Nine people were laid off from positions within the Homer Electric Association last week. Their departure represents about $1 million in savings for the company which has seen declining energy sales for the past several years. In 2012, the company sold 490,000 megawatt hours — a megawatt is about ...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:41pm
  • There was an air of hope and thanksgiving as family and friends gathered to watch nine students from Homer Flex High School graduate Tuesday. Christopher Bice, Kaylynn Bunnell, Crystal Campbell, Anton Kuzmin, Michael Peltier, Tyler Post, Samantha Tangman, Sage Van Hooser and Alexia Wrenn all receive...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:24pm
  • JUNEAU — If the Alaska Legislature continues to stall on passing a fully funded state operating budget, 15,000 of about 16,000 state employees will be sent layoff notices in preparation for a partial government shutdown, Gov. Bill Walker announced Monday afternoon....

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:32pm
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker said Tuesday that he doesn’t agree with legislators about moving the special session from Juneau to Anchorage but won’t take steps to block them. Walker said his highest priority is getting a funded budget, and he doesn’t want to spend valuable time blocking or figh...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:30pm
  • The Fresh Sourdough Express will host May’s Homer Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event. The networking opportunity will be from 5-6:30 p.m. May 21 at the bakery and cafe located at 1316 Ocean Drive. For more information, call the chamber at 235-7740....

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:28pm
  • A workshop on starting a business will be held from 10 a.m. to noon June 4 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required by no later than May 29 at www.aksbdc.org.   ...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:27pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital welcomes Teresa K. Johnson, MD, a board-certified family practice physician to its active medical staff. Dr. Johnson attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and completed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center / HCA Wesley Fa...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:27pm
  • Homer Electric Association issued a warning this week that southcentral Alaska utilities, including HEA, have been getting reports from businesses regarding suspicious phone calls. The phone scam targets customers in Anchorage and on the Kenai Peninsula, HEA spokesperson Joe Gallagher said in a pres...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:27pm
  • SEWARD — AVTEC, that little school at the end of the road in Seward, happens to be at the international forefront of maritime training. Right now, the Alaska Vocational Technical Center is in the midst of its second ice navigation course — the only school in the nation to offer such a class and ...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:56pm

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