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  • Late last month when Homer Police put out a BOLO — be on the lookout — for Dellan Vanbuskirk, 30, as a person of interest in several recent Homer crimes, Chief Mark Robl was coy about the crimes police suspected the Anchor Point man had done. On Jan. 28, police laid out the case against Vanbuski...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:43am
  • The Board of Education has found a representative for southern Kenai Peninsula residents. John “Zen” Kelly will be filling the District 9 seat left unoccupied for nearly two months since 12-year member Sunni Hilts served at her last meeting in early December. The Texan-turned-Alaskan has a famil...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:28am
  • When the 7.1 magnitude Iniskin earthquake hit at about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 24, it didn’t wake one Homer-grown seismologist — but that’s because Kasey Aderhold, a 2006 Homer High School graduate, now lives in Washington, D.C. Aderhold had an app set up on her smart phone to alert her in the event of...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:18am
  • Homer Police on Thursday charged Dellan Vanbuskirk, 30, with the Jan. 6 armed robbery of the Short Stop Tesoro Gas Station on Baycrest Hill. Alaska State Troopers on Jan. 22 had earlier arrested Vanbuskirk at an Anchor Point home on a warrant for driving while license revoked. Vanbuskirk will be arr...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:51pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Chapman School Jan. 28: Volleyball at CIA, 4 p.m. Jan. 30: Cabin Fever Variety Show at Anchor Point Public Library, 7 p.m. Feb. 1: First Aid/CPR for 7th and 8th grades in Mr. ...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 2:25pm
  • Dave Anderson, the general manager of KBBI AM890, has announced that he will retire on April 8. To find his successor, the station’s board of directors has formed a search committee comprising members of the community, staff, and board.  Anderson’s service to KBBI will be celebrated at a sp...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:59am
  • The U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission has reached a settlement for a $5 million payment with Miller Energy Resources after the company inflated the value of its assets. The settlement, reached Jan. 12, will conclude the SEC’s investigation into the oil and gas company, the parent company of...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:53am
  • JUNEAU — The head of the Alaska Marine Highway System gave the clearest statement yet that the ferry system will soon sell two of its 11 ships. Speaking to the Alaska House Transportation Committee, Captain Michael Neussl, head of Marine Highway, said it makes little sense for the ferry system to ...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:52am
  • JUNEAU — The chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee said Tuesday that he wants to vet several ideas surrounding the use of Alaska Permanent Fund earnings. Sen. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, said that could include a constitutional amendment to allow voters to weigh in on the matter. So far, suc...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:50am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker called for bold action and for Alaskans to pull together as the state confronts a multibillion-dollar budget deficit exacerbated by chronically low oil prices. He used his State of the State speech Jan. 21 for a “family talk,” to lay out the situation for Alaskans and...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:50am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker called for bold action and for Alaskans to pull together as the state confronts a multibillion-dollar budget deficit exacerbated by chronically low oil prices. He used his State of the State speech Jan. 21 for a “family talk,” to lay out the situation for Alaskans and...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:50am
  • AmericasCuisine will host this month’s Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event.  It takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Homer Elks Lodge.  There will be plenty of door prizes, refreshments and opportunities to mingle and network with others. For more infor...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:49am
  • JUNEAU — If you factor in the sizes of their respective budgets, Alaska’s $50 billion Permanent Fund leaves the state in a better financial position than Norway’s $820 billion savings account....

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:48am
  • JUNEAU — While Alaskans hope for a rebound in oil prices, the state’s top revenue economist warned the Alaska Senate Finance Committee that even if prices rebound, they may not stay high for long. John Tichotsky, chief economist for the Tax Division of the Alaska Department of Revenue, told legi...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:46am
  • The Jan. 21 school pages contained errors: • In the story headlined “Superintendent, principal learn all about pie in the eye,” Brian Dusek was incorrectly identified. He is a student at Soldotna High School. • In the Kenai Peninsula Youth Court story, not all of the students recently sworn ...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:17am
  • JUNEAU — After almost four years of preparation and planning, plus millions of dollars in implementation, Alaska’s new standardized testing scheme appears bound for the garbage can less than two months before students take it the second time....

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:16am
  • The next time the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administrators and the support staff and teacher associations meet for negotiations will be in the presence of an advisory arbitrator. A hearing with Gary Axon, an Oregon-based arbitrator jointly selected by the three teams, is scheduled for ...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:05am
  • When Bruce and I moved to Anchor Point in 1978, it was a very different place than it is today. It required a degree of self-sufficiency we were unfamiliar with coming from urban areas in Ohio and Florida. After spending three years in Anchorage, in the midst of the pre-pipeline wild-west atmosphere...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:29am
  • Editor’s Note: Every month to accompany the Pay It Forward column, which is coordinated by The Homer Foundation, the Homer News runs a list of needs from area nonprofits. If you see a need you can fill, we encourage you to contact the agency and help pay it forward. Homer Community Food Pa...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:27am
  • The long-running Cabin Fever Variety Show in Anchor Point will take place on Saturday, Jan. 30 beginning at 7 p.m. at Chapman School. The event will raise money toward the Anchor Point Public Library building’s purchase with the talent show and a silent dessert auction, said Anchor Point Public Li...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:15am

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