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  • 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
  • Sunday morning’s quake broke bottles and pottery, popped open beer taps and kept people up for hours  if they weren’t already up. Here are some anecdotes about the quake. Alibi Bar Not everyone who went through Sunday’s quake was in bed. When the earthquake shook Homer, T...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:05am
  • The Homer City Council on Monday introduced two potentially controversial ordinances that could lead to spirited public hearings when they’re next heard at the Feb. 8 council meeting. ...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 9:53am
  • Even though he tried to escape twice, Alaska State Troopers and Homer Police last week tracked down, caught and recaptured an Anchor Point man wanted as a person of interest in several crimes in Homer.  Troopers arrested Dellan Vanbuskirk, 30, on the afternoon of Jan. 22 at a Mark Lane home in ...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 9:38am
  • The lower Kenai Peninsula continued cleaning up this week and reassessing disaster plans after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake at 1:30 a.m. Sunday rattled buildings, cracked ice on ponds and lakes, sent pottery and bottles flying, and scared the heck out of a lot of Alaskans.  Except for a lot of br...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 9:35am
  • A 7.1 magnitude earthquake at 1:30 a.m. Sunday started with a short, sharp shock and kept rolling for about 30 seconds, rattling buildings, sending pottery and bottles flying, and scaring the heck out of lower Kenai Peninsula residents. Except for a lot of broken items, though, Homer and Anchor Poin...

    Sun, 01/24/2016 - 4:13pm
  • This story was updated at 2:15 p.m Homer Police and Alaska State Troopers today caught an Anchor Point man wanted as a person of interest in recent crimes in Homer. Troopers earlier today spotted the wanted man, Dellan Vanbuskirk, 30, in Anchor Point. Vanbuskirk ran away and troopers gave chase...

    Fri, 01/22/2016 - 11:43am
  • Wells Fargo announces new Homer business relationship manager  Wells Fargo has named Jess Sarsfield as a business relationship manager serving customers in Homer and the lower Kenai Peninsula, Wells Fargo announced in a press release. He will focus on meeting the financial need...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:08am
  • Rates paid by Homer Electric Association users will rise by 3.25 percent beginning Feb. 1. The Alaska Regulatory Commission, which permits rates charged by public utilities, allowed the rate raise on Friday. HEA Manager of Regulatory Affairs John Draves said the temporary increase will be in effect ...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:08am

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