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    Thu, 04/30/2015 - 8:39am
  • The 2015 Commencment of the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College 2015 Commencement will be at 7 p.m. May 6 at Homer High School’s Mariner Theater. The keynote speaker will be KBC-UAA Alumna Francie Roberts, a teacher and Homer City Council member. The KBC 2015 Commencement Student Speake...

    Thu, 04/30/2015 - 8:35am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District dropout rates have steadily declined for the past five years. At the end of the 2013-14 school year, 2.8 percent of students in grades 7-12 dropped out district wide, according to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. The average between th...

    Thu, 04/30/2015 - 8:34am
  • In two actions on Monday night, the Homer City Council loosened up restrictions for a West Hill Road area subdivision and put up for sale several lots in the city’s inventory, including some parcels in that subdivision, the Lillian Walli subdivision....

    Thu, 04/30/2015 - 8:30am
  • The sign at 34020 North Fork Road, just east of Coastal Realty at the corner of North Fork Road and the Sterling Highway, says it all: The Anchor Point Public Library is open for business at its new location.  Even better: the location is permanent, thanks to Bob Craig, the library board presid...

    Thu, 04/30/2015 - 8:29am
  • One, two, three, four… Step after step. Step after step. Thousands of steps are adding up into millions of steps  all in one tiny town across Kachemak Bay. Despite the odd spring weather, the roads and beaches of Seldovia have had a little extra traffic — not from vehicles, but pedestrians....

    Thu, 04/30/2015 - 8:25am
  • As spring bursts around the state, Alaskans note the changing of the season in many ways. Sandhill cranes arrive. The first float plane lands on Beluga Lake. Crocuses pop up. Earlier this month, for some local agricultural producers, the buzz — pun very much intended — was all about the tiniest ...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:59pm
  • Jury selection stalled this week for the trial of DeMarqus Green as the court ran out of qualified jurors. Green, 23, of Anchorage faces charges of first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the death of Demian Sagerser. He also has been charged with tampering with physical evidence and first-d...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:50pm
  • Alaska State Troopers have recovered the body of a Seldovia fisherman reported missing while on a boating trip from Jakalof Bay to Seldovia Monday afternoon. Searchers found Robert Purpura, 68, about a mile north of McDonald Spit in Kachemak Bay sometime after 7 p.m. April 27....

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:49pm
  • Just nine days after a mudslide took out part of Kachemak Drive on the west end, repairs have been made and the road reopened Tuesday night. The fixed section of road still needs to be paved, with some flagging and one-lane traffic, but the road won’t be closed further. Kevin Jones, the local mana...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:47pm
  • JUNEAU — Alaska lawmakers say they will continue working on marijuana bills over the interim. Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, said the House Judiciary Committee, which she chairs, will work on a bill that would update state crime laws to reflect marijuana legalization, including a discussion o...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:59pm
  • Homer Animal Friends needs a volunteer staff to spend a few hours at our new store. Donations of gently used towels and a ladder also needed.  Contact: 235-SPAY (7729)    Homer Community Food Pantry needs ca...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:36pm
  • A retired Atlanta, Ga., firefighter has been hired to replace outgoing Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief Jim Dycus.  Al Terry, former captain with the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, will start on May 18. Dycus, also a former Atlanta firefighter, resigned March 27 a...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:02pm
  • Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge announces Kara Zwickey has been hired as as the new visitor center manager at the refuge’s headquarters, Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.  She replaces Marianne Aplin, who was promoted to visitor services supervisor for the refuge.  Zwicke...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:02pm
  • Homer News staff took home 10 2015 Alaska Press Club Awards at a banquet last Saturday held in Anchorage. The awards are for work done in 2014. Former Homer News reporter McKibben Jackinsky retired with distinction with six awards, including first-place awards for education and business reporting. J...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:59am
  • With the new Homer Harbormaster’s office nearing completion, other improvements on the north side of the harbor also are coming along. The improvements are part of a $4.8 million project that included replacement of floats on the south side and construction of a new Ramp 3....

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:51am
  • JUNEAU — Despite a legislative impasse over Medicaid expansion, a Department of Health and Social Services division is working to eliminate a longstanding backlog of Medicaid applications across the state by July, the deadline Gov. Bill Walker’s administration gave early on for expansion. That w...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:47am
  • There was a record turnout for Cook Inletkeeper’s 10th Annual Homer Electronics Recycling Event held Saturday at Spenard Builders Supply....

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:34am
  • Red king crab fishermen in Nome parked their snowmachines today after a record harvest of around 95,000 pounds. That eclipses the previous record harvest of 62,000 pounds set in 2013 and is 12 times the long-term average of 6,900 pounds. The winter fishery takes place through the ice, and people rid...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:31am
  • Two consultants to the state Legislature have warned that Gov. Bill Walker’s quest for an expanded state-led natural gas pipeline could undermine the larger industry-led gas project in which the state also is a partner. “The state and its commitment has become a major risk factor for the Alaska ...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:11am

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