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  • Two Homer residents have been honored by the Alaska Rural Water Association. At its 14th Annual Training Conference in Anchorage in October, the association named Jerry Lawver of Homer the “Water Operator of the Year” for an area with a population of more than 1,000 and chose Fiona Hatton, a thi...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 5:12pm
  • By Molly Dischner Morris News Service - Alaska By many metrics, Alaska’s financial institutions are doing well. All of the state’s banks posted an increase in total assets for the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011. First National Bank Alaska ...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 5:08pm
  • The Homer High DDF —Drama, Debate and Forensics — Team took 25 participants to the Bartlett High Tournament this past weekend and came home loaded with awards: First place, Humorous Interpretation (receiving all firsts for the entire tournament): Johnny Hamilton; First ...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 4:17pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District Nov. 22-23: Holiday. Chapman School Nov. 15-17: Small Schools Basketball Tournament, Nikolaevsk, TBA. Connections Ongoing: Registration, call 226-1880. ...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 4:16pm
  • Buccaneer Energy on Tuesday announced that work on its jack-up rig in the Homer Harbor is nearing completion and that the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence will soon be ready for operations at the company’s Cosmopolitan site off Anchor Point. In a press release, Buccaneer updated ...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 4:13pm
  • By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer When Chapman School Principal Conrad Woodhead heard a presentation last year by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, on the benefits of using Apple’s iPod Touch in classrooms, he wanted to know more. For starters, Woodhead is always eager to impro...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 4:13pm
  •   Re-elected to serve in the 28th Alaska Legislature, representing House District 30, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, will serve as chair of the House Fisheries Committee. He also will be a sitting member of the House Resources, Education and Health and Social Services committees....

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 4:07pm
  • Linda Tannehill of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, points out the energy costs for different methods of cooking a pot of beans. The Extension Service was one of 33 exhibitors at HEA’s Energy and Conservation Fair at West Homer Elementary ...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 3:39pm
  • A 20-year-old Homer man was found dead on Friday morning in his car parked at a Skyline Drive overlook near Clearwater Drive. Homer Police said Nickolas Phillips died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. According to a press release, a person called police at 9:18 a.m. Nov. 9 say...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 3:37pm
  • The Thanksgiving countdown has begun. Seven days from now families and friends will sit down to meals of turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and all the fixings. For may of us, however, reality is a bit harsher. Finances are stretched. Unemployment isn’t just a statistic. Family is tho...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 3:36pm
  • In summer, thousands of visitors hike, raft, fish and camp in Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay Wilderness State Park. Many of them make their own way there by private boat, but others arrive through water taxis, air taxis and guides, all permitted under Alaska State Parks regulations. In the...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 3:26pm
  • A Sept. 9 teen drinking party in which a 17-year-old boy was sexually assaulted has caused Homer to look at the issues of sexual assault, bullying and underage drinking. Fourteen student athletes at the Sept. 9 party were suspended from sports, and two high school students and one college student have been charged with sexual assault in that case.

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 3:14pm
  • A find here and a find there is one thing. Put all those finds together and a picture starts to take shape. Such has been the case with evidence of creatures that once made their home on the southern Kenai Peninsula.  The 2011 radiocarbon dating of two remains — an ankle bone and a tusk — i...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 3:08pm
  • Led by a U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard, the Veterans’ Day Parade heads down the Sterling Highway on Sunday to the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center....

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 2:59pm
  • Officials from regional governments and utilities estimated an across-the-board energy load reduction of 1.5 percent on Oct. 30, between 6-8 p.m., during the fourth Energy Watch conservation drill. “Southcentral Alaska consumes approximately 70 BCF (Billion Cubic Feet) annually. ...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 2:51pm
  •   With 200 car raffle tickets still to be sold, Monte Davis, executive director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, has announced the drawing of the winning ticket has been postponed until Dec. 6. The drawing was scheduled for Nov. 8; however with 200 of the raffle’s 500 tic...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 2:50pm
  • High gold prices have stimulated Alaska mining projects including several in remote areas. The small Nixon Fork underground gold and copper mine near McGrath on the upper Kuskokwim River continued operations in 2012, according to its owner, Canada-based Fire River Gold Corp. In late October, the min...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 2:48pm
  •  The Anchorage economy showing promise can be used as an indicator for the rest of Alaska, Bill Popp, president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., told the Society for Marketing Professional Services at an Oct. 23 luncheon. Job growth, or lack thereof, is one of the first indi...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 2:39pm
  • Store manager Anthony Havrilla carefully dipped a clear plastic Petco bag into an aquarium in the aquatic section of the new Soldotna store. After slowly filling the bag with water, Havrilla took the easy route and went for the snail first, leaving the fish chasing to one of his employees. He gently...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 2:38pm
  • Alaska Air Group, Inc. announced record profits when its third quarter earnings were released Oct. 25. The airline company reported $150.3 million in net earnings for the quarter, compared with $131.1 million in the third quarter of 2011. Total revenue for the quarter was $1.3 billion. “This is th...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 2:28pm

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