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  • At West Homer Elementary School last Friday for its Writers’ Fair, parents were invited to listen to students read during the fair, with judges also listening and commenting. The writings and associated art also were displayed at a First Friday reception that night. ...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:37pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough school District May 20: Last day of school for most students. June 1: School board meeting, Soldotna. June 2: School board planning session, Soldotna. Connections May 20: Graduation, 4 p.m., Soldotna High School Auditorium. Fireweed Academy (all grades)...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 11:02am
  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday were investigating threaten- ing phone calls to at least eight schools in Alaska in the past 10 days that prompt- ed brief campus lockdowns and students being kept in classes. However, none of the calls resulted in attacks or violence. The calls began o...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:56am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker has signed into law legislation creating a new board to regulate the legal marijuana industry in Alaska. Voters last November approved an initiative legalizing recreational use of pot for those 21 years of age and older. The initiative delegated rulemaking for the industr...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:55am
  • Sen. Gary Stevens and Rep. Paul Seaton will host a town hall meeting at Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday. They will be addressing Alaska’s cur- rent fiscal situation and are interested in hearing comments and concerns from con- stituents regarding state government...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:55am
  • Now in its 23rd year, the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival has settled into a weekend- long wildlife festival that goes like this: • Spring arrives, and birds start showing up; • In late April and early May, dozens of species and thousands of shorebirds ar- rive in Kachemak Bay; • Homer, Ala...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:53am
  • Sixteen million men and women served in World War II. Of those, 2 million remain alive. As that generation ages, organizations around the country work to make sure they get one last hurrah: an all-expense paid trip from their homes to Washington, D.C., to see war memorials and other sites. “We fe...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:31am
  • Spring has come, and with it a possible 40 species of shorebirds that have arrived in Homer during their annual migration. While the shorebirds can be seen whirling in great flocks over Mud Bay or feeding alone at nearby sloughs, for the novice birder, identifying them can be tricky. They aren’t t...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:05am
  • Spring has come, and with it a possible 40 species of shorebirds that have arrived in Homer during their annual migration.

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:02pm
  • Top 10 shorebirds sure to delight Ask birders to list their top-10 favorite shorebirds and quickly their picks diverge.

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:01pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education unanimously approved Sean Dusek’s three-year superintendent of schools contract Monday evening. The contract includes a $140,000 starting salary for the first year, which includes 260 work days, and will increase in steps....

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:32pm
  • The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will host the annual “Get to Know Homer” summer tourist season kick-off training on Wednesday, May 20, at the chamber.  This free program is geared to frontline staff to get acquainted with Homer and the surrounding area, but everyone interes...

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:32pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker has yet another appointment to make to a shorthanded Board of Fisheries, and this time the Legislature won’t be in the equation. After the second of his two board nominations failed to replace resigned chairman Karl Johnstone, Walker will have to appoint a new name from a long lis...

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:31pm
  • JUNEAU — A proposed voter initiative to ban setnets in urban parts of Alaska is making its way toward the ballot, while a lawsuit over its legality continues. The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance has been collecting signatures throughout the state to put the proposed ban on the August 2016 b...

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:30pm
  • SOLDOTNA — Kenai National Wildlife Refuge staff said that their new visitor center, which began construction in 2013 and opened to the public for the first time on Friday, is not only larger than their previous center but more interactive. Matt Connor, the refuge’s chief of visitor services, sai...

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:28pm
  • There is a new feature on the Kenai Peninsula Borough website, providing updates and information about the Alaska LNG project. The first posting, May 1, provides an overview of the project status and a summary of summer 2015 field work. ...

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:24pm
  • HEA will host its annual meeting at Homer High School today. Registration for the meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. in the high school commons area. The business meeting will start in the Mariner Theatre at 6 p.m. HEA members are reminded to bring a form of identification for re...

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:24pm
  • Although few specifics of the Alaska Liquid Natural Gas Project’s contracting procedures have been worked out, Alaska LNG contracting engineer Dan DeVries felt confident telling a diverse gathering of Kenai Peninsula contractors, service-providers and business owners that “for this project, we (...

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:20pm
  • After a session spent dueling with Gov. Bill Walker over his plan to spend $85 million in state funds to increase the size of a state-led natural gas pipeline, and Walker’s veto of a bill stopping him from spending the money, the Legislature may have gotten the final word. In their final budget ac...

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:14pm
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    Thu, 04/30/2015 - 8:39am

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