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  • This time of the year is full of color with flowers in blossom everywhere. When cutting flowers from outside, or better yet the ones you get from the Homer Farmers Market, let me tell you how to make flowers last better in a vase. First, recut the stems, making sure to cut them at an angle so there ...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:25pm
  • NOME (AP) — Volunteers are in the process of building a new corral for a reindeer herd on St. Michael Island.The first fence posts were put up July 10, about three miles from the community of St. Michael. Construction is expected to completed by late July, KNOM reported.The herd is jointly owned b...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:24pm
  • FAIRBANKS — A cooperative market in Fairbanks has received national recognition.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Co-Op Market Grocery and Deli was named the co-op startup of the year in 2013.General manager Mary Christensen accepted the award at the Consumer Cooperative Management Associ...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:23pm
  • FAIRBANKS (AP) — The state of Alaska is agreeing to share the preliminary costs to explore a water-system expansion in North Pole, where a refinery spill decades ago continues to contaminate groundwater.The agreement covers the expense of developing the design, cost estimate and construction sched...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:21pm
  • ANCHORAGE — An Alaska state House-Senate committee has approved a $500,000 budget for new furniture at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office that is being remodeled, but lawmakers themselves will make do with old furniture from storage and state surplus when they move in next year.The budge...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:19pm
  • After strong years of expansion, rehabilitation and construction projects, Soldotna is planning to devise a new list of improvements for its airport.This summer, the city received a Federal Aviation Administration grant for updating the list of capital projects with a new master plan.Soldotna Munici...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:17pm
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI Gov. Sean Parnell named the members of the Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board last week.Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre will serve on the board, which aims to discuss potential impacts of the proposed Alaska Pipeline Project to Alaska boroughs and cities.With Ni...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:15pm
  • Well-known Homer chef Chef Mandy Dixon will  represent Alaska in the 11th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 2 in New Orleans. She is one of 18 chefs from throughout the United States competing for the crown honoring the best seafood chef in the nation.Louisiana Lt. Gov. ...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:12pm
  • As part of an in-port maintenance period this week, the Homer-based Coast Guard Cutter Hickory conducted a top-end overhaul of the port-side main propulsion engine for the first time since the cutter was commissioned in 2003.The crew of the Hickory took advantage of scheduled maintenance time this m...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:10pm
  • JUNEAU — The Juneau Chamber of Commerce’s weekly luncheon was much more crowded than usual July 10 with one of the state’s hottest topics on the agenda. The issue up for discussion? The “More Alaska Production Act” or “The Giveaway,” depending on which side you ask....

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:05pm
  • JUNEAU — The decision Alaska voters make on an oil-tax referendum next month could have implications for a proposed liquefied natural gas project, the senior project manager said Tuesday, a point deemed a scare tactic by one state lawmaker. In an interview, manager Steve Butt said the state and co...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:41pm
  • Crowds of spectators lined Pioneer Avenue on Friday to watch the annual Fourth of July parade. Organized by the Homer Chamber of Commerce, the event was sponsored by Wells Fargo.  Daisy Lee Bitter reigned over the proceedings at this year’s grand marshal. From the viewing stand on the balcony...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:31pm
  • 31 compete in Highland Games   BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:26pm
  • Voters on Oct. 7 will be asked to advise the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly whether the borough should exercise animal control practices. At recent meetings, citizens have voiced concerns about abused and neglected animals in unincorporated areas. At its July 1 meeting, the assembly passed a resol...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:09pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education approved a site for a proposed new Kachemak Selo School at its June 30 meeting. The board’s choice was one of two sites being considered for a new facility to replace the three separate buildings currently being used. “The recommende...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:58pm
  • In three separate incidents last week, vehicle crashes killed a Wasilla woman and injured two Homer women. Police and troopers said all three incidents involved alcohol. The most serious incident happened about 6:20 p.m. July 4 when a Wasilla woman flipped her all-terrain vehicle while crossing Star...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:58pm
  • Throw a monkeyfist-knotted rope in the Homer Harbor, and odds are you’ll hit a Tolman skiff. From its versions as open skiffs to stout cabin cruisers, the classic Kachemak Bay boats can be seen not only in Homer, but up and down the Alaska and Pacific coasts and even as far away as  Norway an...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:52pm
  • It was standing room only at the Ninilchik Rodeo on Saturday, as a crowd of more than 650 squeezed into the bleachers to whoop and holler for 145 competing cowboys and cowgirls. With the sun playing peek-a-boo on Sunday, the audience was a bit smaller, down to about 350, but “it was still a pretty...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:44pm
  • More than 25 people showed up for Tuesday’s “Ballot Measure No. 1: Referendum to Repeal SB 21” dialogue held at the Homer Public Library. It was booked as an open discussion with all viewpoints welcome.  One element was missing, however: someone supporting a “vote no” position.  ...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:39pm
  • The state of Alaska received word from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that seafood is safe from Fukushima radiation. The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health and Social Services developed a plan for sampling several Alaska fish species and asked the FDA to tes...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:10am

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