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  • Late Sunday, U.S. Rep. John Boehner, an Ohio Republican and Speaker of the House, said he was “deeply disappointed” that President Obama allowed U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to restore Denali’s name from Mount McKinley. On Monday, Jewell said it doesn’t matter. “T...

    Mon, 08/31/2015 - 5:59pm
  • KBBI is looking for a volunteer to help stuff envelopes for a mailing on Sept. 8, 9 and/or 10 any time between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 3913 Kachemak Drive in town by city hall. Contact:  235-7721 ext. 221 or email dorle@kbbi.org   ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:28am
  • Marine Trades group  to attend Seattle expo Homer Marine Trades Association recently sent its members renewal forms and cooperative marketing forms for 2016. The association “is looking forward to another great year promoting Homer and our port as the best pl...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:00am
  • A small creek is causing big trouble for Chuitna mine developers and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, heard arguments from Chuitna Citizens Coalition, Cook Inletkeeper, the Alaska Center for the Environment and PacRim Coal in the latest ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:58am
  • Bering Straits Native Corp. is now in the hardware business. The Western Alaska Native regional corporation announced its purchase of Alaska Industrial Hardware Aug. 3. BSNC President and CEO Gail Schubert said in a release the sale was evaluated for nearly a year. “We determined that AIH is a sol...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:57am
  • Like a gold rush, Alaska’s upcoming green rush will bring stacks of specie and currency, along with a version of the Pinkertons to guard the loot....

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:56am
  • From shiny pepper mills to smooth cutting blocks, one of Homer’s newest shops testifies to its name. The Classic Cook, a kitchen boutique, opened its doors July 18, and so far, it’s been a hit. Janie Buncak is the owner and sole employee — for now — and can be found daily at 158 W. Pioneer A...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:51am
  • On Monday, as the price of West Texas crude oil dipped below $39 per barrel for the first time in six years, state revenue commissioner Randall Hoffbeck told the Alaska House Finance Committee that the decline is exacerbating the state’s budget problems. The state’s budget is based on an average...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:40am
  • At last week’s Zucchini Festival, Dave Aplin gave a sincere moment of gratitude to the main sponsors of the Homer Farmers Market: The Sun and The Precipitation.  Then, he warned the audience of the upcoming thrills and spills of the Zucchini Races. Then, he introduced the Zucchini Queenie, Be...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:36am
  • Alaska’s agriculture industry has one of the highest rates of direct-to-consumer sales in the nation. Increasingly, producers are taking advantage of farmers markets and word-of-mouth marketing to move surplus produce off of small farms and onto local tables without any middlemen....

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:34am
  • KETCHIKAN — The boat race that challenged contestants to sail, paddle or pedal their vessels from Washington to Alaska will return next year. This summer’s Race to Alaska was a simple concept: teams raced the 750 miles from Port Townsend, Wash., to Ketchikan for a $10,000 first-place prize, repo...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:08am
  • Revisions to targeted operations are cutting costs for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The pools, warehouse, transportation and Student Nutritional Service departments have been reorganized, including the elimination of one position, to reduce spending. The changes, most of which took e...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:53am
  • As its own sponsors recommended, the Homer City Council on Monday in a unanimous vote defeated a controversial ordinance that would have severely restricted motorized vehicle use on city beaches. “I think there is a solution that can better serve Homer,” council member Catriona Reynolds said in ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:43am
  • A sentencing hearing in the case of convicted murderer Demarqus Green that had been scheduled for Aug. 24 has been rescheduled for next month. Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran conducts a sentencing hearing for Green, 23, at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Homer Courthouse. ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:37am
  • Sitting in the yard at Desperate Marine, it’s clear that the wooden sailing vessel Indomita needs a little paint and elbow grease.  Wanting to see her restored to her former glory, the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society, or KBWBS, is working hard to make sure she is seaworthy once again.  ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:27am
  • The state project shoring up the huge coastal erosion feature north of Anchor Point is wrapping up this week. This aerial image from Aug. 13 shows the sloping fill installed by contractor QAP and the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) at Sterling Highway Mi...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:22am
  • A series of unusual ocean events in Kachemak Bay, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest has scientists wondering if warming oceans are causing everything from harmful algal blooms to seabird die-offs. So far, though, marine biologists have not yet made a direct connection between all these incidents: •...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:18am
  • The vibrancy of the Spit depends on a mash-up of diverse elements and individuals: captains and slime liners, potters and biologists, Spit Rats and third-time cruise ship passengers, locals and people from all over the world, and crane operators and chefs and wanderers and everyone in between. This ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:12am
  • Work is resuming on the Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project under spending guidelines put in place by Gov. Bill Walker’s administration. The overall cost for the proposed 705-foot dam in the upper reaches of the Susitna River has been pegged at $5.6 billion in 2014 dollars by the Alaska Energy Au...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:13am
  • To help inform coastal Alaska residents about ocean acidification and its effects on communities, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and Cook Inletkeeper are launching an innovative kiosk in Homer’s harbor. The interactive, weatherproof kiosk features video testimony from experts, fishermen an...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:10am

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