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  • Opinions abounded during the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission’s “Homer on the Move!” trail symposium last Saturday. With more than 17 different user groups represented, and more than 40 people in attendance, there wasn’t a shortage of ideas or suggestions about the importance of the ...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:05pm
  • On March 27, Parker Lowney, a student in Brandon Young’s sixth-grade class at West Homer Elementary School, earned 11th place in the state-level competition of the National Geographic Bee. The first step in qualifying for the state competition was winning at the school level, something Parker did ...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:52pm
  • A West Homer Elementary School teacher is one of five Kenai Peninsula Borough School District educators who have been selected as 2014 BP Teachers of Excellence.  Judy Gonsalves of WHES joins Jacob Doth of Nikiski Middle-High School, Shannon Dwyer of Skyview Middle School, James Harris of Soldo...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:51pm
  • On April 14, six Homer High School students attended Paul Banks Elementary recess. The high school students, Sam Draves, Drew Brown, Ian Lowe, Patrick Rainwater, Sheldon Hutt and JJ Sonnen, were allowed to miss one period of class to visit the elementary school. They helped teach younger students ne...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:45pm
  • A Homer High School student has won second place and $1,100 in the 25th annual Caring for the Kenai environmental competition for his volcano eruption preparedness kit. “The road to development is always rough, but I plan to take my idea to the fullest level of implementation so when the next erup...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:33pm
  • The Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District invites Kenai Peninsula farmers to a workshop covering all aspects of using the Truax No-Till Seed Planter.  This workshop is required for anyone who wishes to rent the planter during the 2015 season. The workshop will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, M...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:06am
  • HOUSTON (AP) — Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — in about six months and is considering more cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices sap demand for its drilling help. Halliburton executives disclosed the job cuts Monday on a conference call with inve...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:06am
  • When was the last time you thought about money? Chances are, it was probably today, since most adults deal with money — in one way or another — on a daily basis. We pay bills and buy groceries. We consider money when weighing job opportunities, determining where we’ll live, and when, or for so...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:02am
  • This summer, students from all across Alaska will experience what it takes to run a business. From July 18-25, 65 high school students will meet at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage to participate in Alaska Business Week, a weeklong learning event organized by the Alaska State Chamber of Commer...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:00am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the teachers and support staff unions have reached an impasse in collective bargaining negotiations. The Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association have been jointly conducting contract discussions with ...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:53am
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska Marine Highway System was thrown a life preserver April 18 when a committee restored $1.75 million in spending. The conference committee, responsible for patching together a final budget from House and Senate versions, effectively reversed a cut to the ferry system made in the ...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:50am
  • Livestock for sale and slaughter is a growing market on the Kenai Peninsula. The interest in organically grown, healthy meat is a national trend that locals are picking up on, said Heidi Chay, district manager for the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District. “They are healthier products, you kn...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:48am
  • A small group of dedicated Alaskan growers are cultivating a production industry for Rhodiola rosea, also known as king’s crown. Alaska Rhodiola Products, an 11-member cooperative statewide network of small-scale operations that currently totals roughly five acres, is working to become a supplier ...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:46am
  • A collapse of the bluff along the west end of Kachemak Drive has closed the Homer Spit end of the road. The road is closed indefinitely from about a half-mile in from the Homer Spit Road to the top of the hill by the old airport. Kachemak Drive remains open from the other entrance by East End Road a...

    Sun, 04/19/2015 - 12:50pm
  • The city of Homer and Ken Castner have agreed to a stay of a judge’s order enforcing a decision in Castner’s favor regarding the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District. On April 3, Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet ordered the city to cease its method for assessing condominium o...

    Fri, 04/17/2015 - 5:27pm
  • Whether it’s dog poop, loose dogs, birds, driftwood, bonfires, coal picking and off-road cruising, since last fall the Homer Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission has been meeting almost every two weeks and contemplating those issues. At 5:30 p.m. today and a final meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 4, t...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:51pm
  • In addition to making an estimated 5,830 Kenai Peninsula residents eligible for Medicaid, the Medicaid expansion being debated in the Alaska Legislature could have behind-the-scenes effects on a health care system currently dealing with 9,239 unprocessed applications....

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:46pm
  • At an emergency meeting on April 8, the Homer City Council said it will petition the Alaska Supreme Court to review an April 3 judicial order that it cease its method for assessing condominium owners in the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District. ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:45pm
  • The Joyce K. Carver Memorial Soldotna Public Library is hoping to relieve hunger and financial stress. For the third year, the library is celebrating National Library Week by offering the “Food for Fines” program. During the week of April 12-18, people with overdue items at the library can reduc...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:33pm
  • Through May 31, Alaskans can use their binoculars to help birds — by reporting sightings of Rusty Blackbirds for the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz. This is the second year of the three-year project.  Researchers across North America are teaming up with citizen scientists to help solv...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:32pm

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