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  • The fight over expanding Medicaid between Gov. Bill Walker and Republican legislators has gone from the Capitol to the Anchorage Legislative Information Office and is now headed for a courtroom. The Republican-heavy joint Legislative Council voted 10-1 Aug. 18 to sue Walker over his use of executive...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:07am
  • It’s been a warm summer. It seems everything is ripening a little early. Even though we are not even through August yet, berries seem to be falling to the ground — except for the ones picked and sold at the Homer Farmers Market.  Last week I saw black and red currants, red and golden raspbe...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:04am
  • Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services lowered the outlook on the State of Alaska’s credit rating from “stable” to “negative” on Aug. 18, and gave politicians one year to reorganize the fiscal house before the downgrades accelerate. Standard and Poor’s wrote that the current budget defic...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:03am
  • In a change from 2014, moose hunting season in game management unit 15C, the lower Kenai Peninsula, opens on Sept. 1, later this year than in 2014. It runs through Sept. 25. Antlerless moose hunting opens on Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 20. Resident moose hunters can take one bull with a spike on a...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:59am
  • Editor's note: The story on a sentencing hearing for Demarqus Green has been updated on Aug. 21, 2015, to show a new date for sentencing. Rototiller operator ruptures gas line Residents in the Soundview Avenue area escaped injury last Thursday when a rototiller operator hit and rupt...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:39am
  • Nanwalek School’s 80 students finally received their iPads on Tuesday. The long-awaited celebration was not a quiet one.  Staff and students clustered into the village school’s gymnasium to receive the various Apple gadgets granted in 2014 through the ConnectED initiative’s partnership wi...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:13am
  • For 22 years, Homer’s annual Run for Women, later the Breast Cancer Run, has raised awareness of breast cancer. Sponsored by Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, this year the annual August run supports another of its programs, youth services, with a new name, the Resiliency Run and Ride. The venu...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:43am
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    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:42am
  • The 2015 Kenai Peninsula Fair is slated to be three days packed with an eclectic blend of entertainment, Friday through Sunday, at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds.  This year’s homey theme, “Country Nights and Carnival Lights,” was chosen, not only to highlight that for the second year the fest...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 8:45am
  • I t was an idyllic childhood on the Homer Spit that Mo Hillstrand enjoyed during the summertime, when her parents, Mary and Earl Hillstrand, original owners of Land’s End, ran the hotel.  Beginning with the hotel’s opening in 1958, the family would migrate down from Anchorage each summer an...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 8:37am
  • A last-day filing by three candidates on Monday boosted the Homer City Council election from four candidates last Friday to seven as of 5 p.m. Aug. 17.  In Kenai Peninsula Borough elections, Anchor Point resident Dawson Slaughter made the election for the District 9 borough assembly seat a cont...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 8:24am
  • Citizens riled up about a proposed city of Homer ordinance that would ban year-round driving on Bishop’s Beach and summer driving on the Homer Spit can save their energy in opposing it.  Council member Catriona Reynolds, who sponsored Ordinance 15-29 with council member David Lewis, said this...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 8:23am
  • Holding signs that said things like "It's time to give your Mrs. her kisses," "Keep Calm: You're Home," "I'd wait for your forever, but four months is long enough" and simply "Finally," a group of U.S. Coast Guard wives and children and one brother waited on the Pioneer Dock Thursday for the U.S. Co...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 3:17pm
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event for August will be hosted by AK Marketplace Homer, at 1130 Ocean Drive, Suite A. It will be from 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 20. There will be refreshments and door prizes....

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:35am
  • The Homer Gym invites the public to its martial arts exhibition and open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The gym is located at 5279 Kachemak Drive, Bay C. There will be door prizes, a potluck lunch and a chance to win a free membership to The Homer Gym.  The free event will showcase the ...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:34am
  • Anchorage’s economy is doing better than expected based on job growth reported by Anchorage Economic Development Corp. CEO Bill Popp. The city added about 1,000 jobs in June based on a new U.S. Department of Labor calculation. Private sector employers added 2,200 jobs for the month, according to P...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:33am
  • On Tuesday morning, the cruise ship Norwegian Jewel pulled into the port of Juneau, its white hull containing nearly 3,500 passengers eager to debark and enjoy Alaska’s capital city. From its stacks, only a thin stream of exhaust could be seen floating into the air. That hasn’t always been the c...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:30am
  • Three companies have filed claims in federal bankruptcy court seeking more than $2.6 million in unpaid bills owed by Cook Inlet Energy LLC. Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations Inc., MI-SWACO and Schlumberger Technology Corp. filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition against the Alaska-based subsidiary o...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:25am
  • Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards has rejected the proposed purchase by Harvest Alaska of a small liquefied natural gas plant at Port MacKenzie. In a July 7 letter to Harvest, a subsidiary of Hilcorp Energy, Richards proposed changes in the LNG sales contract reached in November 2014 with Fairb...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:23am
  • The Alaska Marine Highway System launched its newly rebuilt website Tuesday. The new website, a product of the AMHS marketing department, is “streamlined” and “more educational” than the previous one, according to marketing director Danielle Doyle. “In the marketing world, you have to keep...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:19am

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