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  • West Homer Elementary School students perform a skit about moose and dog interactions at the Homer City Council meeting Monday night. From left to right are Eli Zatz, Seamus McDonough as a dog and Thomas McDonough as a moose.  The West Homer Brickheads team won the champions award in the recent...

    Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:41am
  • Live security video and social media last week led to the arrest of a man suspected to have stolen from the South Peninsula Athletic and Recreation Center, the 12,000-square-foot indoor multi-use sports facility under construction near Homer Middle School. On Jan. 6, Homer Police charged Johnney Boy...

    Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:49pm
  • The Homer City Council had 22 items on the agenda for its regular meeting on Monday night, but one item, Resolution 17-002, “supporting sustainable fisheries in Kachemak Bay through fisheries enhancement and habitat rehabilitation,” led to more than an hour of public testimony, all of it during ...

    Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:49pm
  • After voters last fall defeated a $12 million bond proposition for a new Homer Police station and a 0.65 percent seasonal sales tax to pay for it, Homer City Manager Katie Koester said, “The need for a new police station has not gone away, but the next steps are in city council’s hands and I wil...

    Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:49pm
  • As Homer’s legislators get ready to head to Juneau for the start on Jan. 17 of the 30th Alaska Legislature, one big issue looms ahead: how to keep funding state government and services. “The biggest thing is certainly going to be the budget and the revenue,” said Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, D...

    Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:49pm
  • Though there are still nearly 10 months before Kenai Peninsula Borough residents will pick a new borough mayor, two people have already announced they are running. Sterling resident Charlie Pierce filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission in mid-October, approximately a year...

    Wed, 01/11/2017 - 2:03pm
  • The Alaska Construction Academies might see a steep decline in funding next year if the Legislature accepts Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget cuts. The governor’s fiscal year 2018 budget, released Dec. 15, proposes a $600,000 reduction in general fund dollars for the Alaska Construction Academi...

    Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:49pm
  • Rejuvenating Alaska’s large vessel fishing fleet could be nearly an $11 billion boon for Outside shipyards, according to a new McDowell Group report. Iin a study commissioned by the Port of Seattle and the Washington Maritime Federation, the Alaska-based research firm pegged $11.3 billion as the c...

    Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:44pm
  • Alaska USA’s CEO announces retirement Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has announced that president and CEO Bill Eckhardt will retire in May after a career spanning over 45 years. Geoff Lundfelt, currently executive vice president, has been selected to succeed Eckhardt....

    Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:40pm
  • Dr. Rob Downey, M.D., is the newly elected 2017 Chief of Staff for the South Peninsula Hospital Medical Staff. Dr. Downey offers an outpatient functional medicine practice, and is the Infection Prevention/Employee Health Physician and Long Term Care Assistant Medical Director for South Peninsula Hos...

    Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:40pm
  • Cook Inlet could have a new group of salmon users joining recreational, commercial, subsistence and personal use fishermen: endangered beluga whales. The National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, wants the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to start considering the dietary needs of Cook Inlet belu...

    Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:40pm
  • Two studies commissioned by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that were released last month examine the genetic makeup of salmon harvested in the Kodiak Management Area from 2014-2016 and show that a substantial number of sockeye and chinook salmon bound for Upper Cook Inlet are being intercept...

    Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:40pm
  • Juvenile clams boom on Inlet’s east side By ELIZABETH EARL Morris News Service - Alaska Though the personal use razor clam fishery on the east side of Cook Inlet will remain closed for 2017, a boom in young clams may mean the population is recovering....

    Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:03pm
  • Owners of empty LIO building take $37 million claim to court By Elwood Brehmer Morris News service - Alaska The owners of the former Anchorage Legislative Information Office building took their $37 million contract claim against the state Legislative Council to court Dec. 20 after more than a year o...

    Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:03pm
  • By ELWOOD BREHMER Morris News Service - Alaska There is good news and bad news when it comes to the State of Alaska’s closely monitored oil production forecasts. A new method should mean more accurate forecasts; but future production estimates will likely be lower as a result, according to the sta...

    Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:02pm
  • A city worker spreads sand at the Mariner Park parking lot on the Homer Spit last Friday. Cold temperatures on top of recent rain creatid slick streets, sidewalks and parking lots. The forecast calls for clear skies and temperatures in the low to high 20s....

    Thu, 01/05/2017 - 11:42am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Dec. 23-Jan. 8: No school. Winter vacation. Jan. 9: First day back to school. Jan. 16: No school. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Feb. 9-10: Parent-teacher conferences, no school for students. March 10: End of third quarter, no school for students. March 13-17: Sp...

    Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:41pm
  • In a case that dates back to 2008, a Homer man pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and possession of child pornography. At a hearing held Nov. 28 at the Homer Courthouse, Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet sentenced Corey Rosano, 39, to 15 years in jail with five years s...

    Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:21pm
  • Although President-elect Donald Trump has said he considers it a priority to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Barrack Obama’s signature policy achievement remains in place — for now. A key component of that plan, the health insurance marketplace, continues during the annual sign-up peri...

    Wed, 01/04/2017 - 2:26pm
  • Community members are working to find solutions for the issue of teen homeless in the Homer area ranging from providing resources for clothing and food to searching for a way to legally house minors without a roof over their heads. Homelessness in Homer looks different than many people picture the s...

    Wed, 01/04/2017 - 2:26pm

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