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  • JUNEAU — BP Alaska, a major player in the state’s oil industry, on Monday announced plans to lay off 275 employees and direct contractors early next year.BP’s business in Alaska will be smaller because of the previously announced sale of its interests in four North Slope oil fields to Hilcorp,...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:19pm
  • Marketing efforts for the Alaska LNG Project have formally started, passing another major milestone.State Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash accompanied BP officials to Asia on the first formal sales trip for the giant project earlier this month. “These were BP’s meetings. They set them u...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:17pm
  • Moving alongA project to replace floats in the Homer harbor is right on schedule, according to Homer Harbormaster Brian Hawkins. With A float being worked on, and float I removed, floats F, G and H temporarily are islands. “The crews are working seven days a week and at least 10 hours a day. They ...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:13pm
  • Effective Sept. 30, the Alaska Communications Homer store at the corner of Greatland Street and the Sterling Highway will close. Customers will still be able to get wireless service and wireless products just at they had at the Homer store through Horizon Satellite on Heath Street, an authorized Ala...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:09pm
  • Oysters? Wine? Cardamom-scented braised short ribs? Get your ticket to the second annual Taste of Homer and toast the changing season with food and drink samples from more than a dozen local vendors. “It’s a showcase event,” said Amy Martin, chief organizer and owner of the Vagabond Cafe. “S...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:03pm
  • After a year as executive director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Jim Lavrakas has announced his resignation, effective Oct. 15.“When I accepted the role ... I did so with a sunset clause, knowing that I would one day want to return to my ‘retirement’ role of being a fish...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:53am
  • Each booth down at the Homer Farmers Market is only 10-by-10 feet.  Pouring out of the booth are incredible amounts of produce and crafts, food and flowers.But even all that doesn’t show the different things that go on the rest of the week in the lives of our Market vendors.  The contrib...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:49am
  • An alleged armed robbery at the Wagon Wheel on Ocean Drive last week wasn’t a robbery at all, but an inside job, Homer Police said in a criminal complaint filed at the Homer Court on Sept. 10. Police charged Tommy Lee Neal, 19, with third-degree theft and making a false report, both misdemeanors. ...

    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:22pm
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    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:37am
  • The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is searching for Alaska’ top youth volunteers of 2015. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply by Nov. 4.The application is available at spirit.prudentila.com and nassp.org/spirit. Paper application forms can be requested by calling 877-525-8491....

    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:55am
  • Four Homer High School students are among 16,000 named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program:• Evan Boyer;• Patrick Latimer;• Jayce Miller;• Jonas Noomah.The students now compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered in the ...

    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:53am
  • Paul Banks Elementary School celebrates “Paul Banks Day” on Sept. 16. During a 1 p.m. assembly, author Dotty Cline will present her new book “Paul Banks: Alaskan Music Man.”Banks was a custodian at East Elementary for 17 years, writing and playing songs for the students to perform. The schoo...

    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:52am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School DistrictToday: School board work session, 2-5 p.m., Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers, Soldotna.Sept. 17: Early release.Chapman SchoolSept. 15: Soccer vs. Nikiski at Chapman, 3:15 p.m.Sept. 16: Soccer at Homer, 3:45 p.m.Sept. 18: Soccer at Skyview, 4 p.m.Sept. ...

    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:44am
  • At its once-a-year meeting in Homer on Monday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board unanimously approved authorizing Board President Joe Arness to offer Sean Dusek the position of interim superintendent and to negotiate the terms of Dusek’s employment....

    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:39am
  • At its once-a-year meeting in Homer on Monday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board unanimously approved authorizing Board President Joe Arness to offer Sean Dusek the position of interim superintendent and to negotiate the terms of Dusek’s employment....

    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:37am
  • With the fireweed blossoms long gone and leaves turning yellow, it’s time to think about what’s around the corner: winter. With that in mind, the Salvation Army is holding a coat give-away for area youngsters at the Salvation Army’s Sterling Highway location from noon-2 p.m. Saturday. “We ha...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:10pm
  • Homer Police on Wednesday filed for an arrest warrant for a suspect in an armed robbery last Thursday of the Wagon Wheel, a longtime Homer feed, animal supply and garden store on Ocean Drive.  The store is known for its frequently photographed “Pick Up Chicks Here” sign. Police did not want...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:09pm
  • Hospice of Homer begins its annual training for end-of-life and visitor volunteer programs next month. Training sessions will be: • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4; • 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5; • 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7; • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11; • 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12;  ...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:08pm
  • An omission in Homer’s city code has prompted a proposed revision of where heliports can and cannot be allowed.  While most helicopters land and take off at the Homer Airport, another frequent landing spot is the pad on the roof of South Peninsula Hospital when medevac flights deliver or tran...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:07pm
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI Morris news Service - alaska It sounds like the beginning of a joke — a businessman, a pastor and a rancher presented their views on local government to a full house of area residents. While the audience did have some laughs following various comments fr...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:04pm

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