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  • JUNEAU — Nearly 10,000 state employees were set to receive layoff notices as the legislative impasse over a state spending plan wore on Monday. Gov. Bill Walker went so far as to offer the services of a mediator to help lawmakers come to terms....

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:31am
  • New “telemedicine” technology going onto area ambulances transmits patients’ vital signs from the ambulance to the hospital’s computer server, using the same technology and infrastructure as mobile phone signals. If the ambulance goes through an area that lacks cell-phone coverage, the devic...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:30am
  • Dr. Dale Trombley, like a growing number of doctors, has found a way to cut his costs while providing what’s become an unfamiliar concept: a doctor who knows his patients. “It’s nice to have a healthcare provider who knows you, who knows your issues, who watched you grow up,” said Trombley, ...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:23am
  • A strong, early pulse of king salmon on southern and central Kenai Peninsula streams has runs off to a good start. But managers say it is still too early to tell if the Cook Inlet’s ailing king salmon runs will rally from the last few years of poor returns....

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:23am
  • The pipeline proposed by the Alaska LNG project would bring North Slope natural gas to liquefaction and export facilities being considered for construction in Nikiski. Where the liquefied natural gas, LNG, could go from Nikiski is still to be determined, but its potential destinations increased on F...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:12am
  • A 5-minute film, “Homeless in Homer,” shows at 6 p.m. June 11 at the Homer Theatre. The film was made by the local teen group Lead On! in partnership with White Stag Productions, South Peninsula Haven House, the R.E.C. Room, Homer Prevention Project and The Center. The film also is the launch fo...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:51am
  • A plan to set a 2.5-percent Homer bed tax stopped on the first step of a process that would have required ultimate approval by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. In 4-2 vote, the Homer City Council at its May 26 regular meeting spiked the idea.  Council member David Lewis had proposed puttin...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:50am
  • One of the drivers involved in a Christmas Day crash that severely injured an Anchor Point girl has been charged with driving under the influence and assault. ...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:49am
  • Far from a solemn march, Homer’s Relay for Life event promises to celebrate the successes achieved by cancer survivors and the strength shown by those continuing to battle the disease. ...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:46am
  • T he town of Homer was born on the Spit so it makes sense that this 4.5-mile-long rocky handle of land also raises up generations of its kids.  Take 14-year-old Finn, the namesake of Finn’s Pizza. A winter resident of Portland, Ore., Finn has spent every summer of his life on the Spit. When p...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:36am
  • After 23 years of service, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island ends its tour of duty. Sometime soon it will sail away to be decommissioned at the Coast Guard Yard, Baltimore, Md. A farewell ceremony is at 10 a.m. today at the Homer Elks Lodge. Homer won’t lose the 18 crewmembers and their f...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:31am
  • Springtime in Alaska brings green-up and road construction. Cautionary road-work signs are blooming like flowers along Kenai Peninsula highways. Major projects will affect area drivers for months. Repaving and road rehabilitation are underway out East End Road and on the Sterling Highway between Nin...

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:19am
  • His Majesty King Harald V of Norway visited Homer and Kachemak Bay on Tuesday as part of his visit to Alaska. An enthusiastic crowd of about 100 greeted him at the Homer Harbor load-launch ramp, many waving Norwegian flags and wearing Norwegian sweaters. Several fishing boats also hung Norwegian fla...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:23pm
  • Rents for some residents of Kenai’s Vintage Pointe senior housing will rise, as well as fees at the city boat launch during the personal-use fishery. The Kenai City Council passed, with several amendments, a resolution to implement fee schedule changes recommended by city administrators in Kenai...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:32pm
  • The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a fuel spill near Port Graham on Saturday. Several agencies responded to an area in southeastern Cook Inlet after getting a report of a landing craft with a punctured fuel tank on board, according to a Saturday media release. The 116-foot landing craft was being pil...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:31pm
  • Homer Electric will be working in Homer and Soldotna this summer on a project that will improve the reliability and extend the life of underground cable....

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:30pm
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska House Finance committee introduced a bill Tuesday that would allow a multibillion-dollar draw from the Permanent Fund earnings reserve as a stepping stone to a complete operating budget. The earnings reserve is where Permanent Fund Dividend checks come from. A deputy commission...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:29pm
  • The proposed Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee is another step closer to reality. After writing and receiving comments on a draft charter, the group’s convening committee is searching for another essential organizational element: members....

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:28pm
  • BY DJ SUMMERS Morris News Service - Alaska  The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation released financial results for the month ending March 31 at its quarterly meeting in Anchorage on May 19. The corporation’s fiscal year ends June 30. The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporati...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:27pm
  • Pebble Limited Partnership and the Environmental Protection Agency finally agree on one thing: their court fight should move forward. Each side filed seven-page briefs May 14 requesting Alaska U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland continue with an oral argument hearing in Pebble’s lawsuit ag...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:27pm

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