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  • Demarqus Green killed Demian Sagerser. On the night of July 7, 2012, Green, 23, pulled a 9 mm Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol on Demian Sag- erser, then 40, at Sagerser’s Stariski Creek cabin and shot him in the back and the side of his chest. Green then fled the scene, leaving Sagerser to ...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:18pm
  • Despite the on-record protestations of nearly 30 people, cheered on by an audience of more than 70, the Soldotna City Council voted to move forward with a plan to spend money researching the feasibility of annexing neighboring territory — albeit with a newly narrowed focus on the economic benefits...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:43pm
  • Nine people were laid off from positions within the Homer Electric Association last week. Their departure represents about $1 million in savings for the company which has seen declining energy sales for the past several years. In 2012, the company sold 490,000 megawatt hours — a megawatt is about ...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:41pm
  • There was an air of hope and thanksgiving as family and friends gathered to watch nine students from Homer Flex High School graduate Tuesday. Christopher Bice, Kaylynn Bunnell, Crystal Campbell, Anton Kuzmin, Michael Peltier, Tyler Post, Samantha Tangman, Sage Van Hooser and Alexia Wrenn all receive...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:24pm
  • JUNEAU — If the Alaska Legislature continues to stall on passing a fully funded state operating budget, 15,000 of about 16,000 state employees will be sent layoff notices in preparation for a partial government shutdown, Gov. Bill Walker announced Monday afternoon....

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:32pm
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker said Tuesday that he doesn’t agree with legislators about moving the special session from Juneau to Anchorage but won’t take steps to block them. Walker said his highest priority is getting a funded budget, and he doesn’t want to spend valuable time blocking or figh...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:30pm
  • The Fresh Sourdough Express will host May’s Homer Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event. The networking opportunity will be from 5-6:30 p.m. May 21 at the bakery and cafe located at 1316 Ocean Drive. For more information, call the chamber at 235-7740....

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:28pm
  • A workshop on starting a business will be held from 10 a.m. to noon June 4 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required by no later than May 29 at www.aksbdc.org.   ...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:27pm
  • South Peninsula Hospital welcomes Teresa K. Johnson, MD, a board-certified family practice physician to its active medical staff. Dr. Johnson attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and completed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center / HCA Wesley Fa...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:27pm
  • Homer Electric Association issued a warning this week that southcentral Alaska utilities, including HEA, have been getting reports from businesses regarding suspicious phone calls. The phone scam targets customers in Anchorage and on the Kenai Peninsula, HEA spokesperson Joe Gallagher said in a pres...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:27pm
  • SEWARD — AVTEC, that little school at the end of the road in Seward, happens to be at the international forefront of maritime training. Right now, the Alaska Vocational Technical Center is in the midst of its second ice navigation course — the only school in the nation to offer such a class and ...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:56pm
  • How can it be that even though it is the earliest date the Homer Farmers Market has ever opened, it feels so late? Yes, it’s finally Memorial Day weekend and time to jump into our favorite local food access point.  It’s like the season is just opening for hunting. Hunting veggies....

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:55pm
  • The City of Seward hopes to break ground on its new harbor and breakwater in October, provided it can get a contractor in time. The in-water infrastructure will be the backbone of the Seward Marine Industrial Center that will someday take advantage of several hundred acres of city-owned uplands, com...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:53pm
  • An Alaska Air Transit charter flight with one pilot and seven passengers landed with wheels up late Saturday afternoon. No one was injured in the incident, said director of operations Dan Owen. The Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded, but did not treat or transport anyone. The incident closed ...

    Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:04pm
  • While current educators and support staff in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District kept their jobs this year, it is unlikely to happen next year. To renew its employment contracts the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education approved cuts to existing programs and services, about $1.8 million...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:52am
  • ANCHORAGE — Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program has cleared a major bureaucratic hurdle to begin drilling for oil and gas off Alaska’s northwestern coast this summer. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Monday approved the multi-year exploration plan in the Chukchi Sea for Shell a...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:37am
  • ANCHORAGE — An aging baby boomer population and a stagnate birthrate have caused Alaska’s population to fall for the first time since the 1980s recession. The population dropped by 61 people between July 2013 and July 2014 for the first time since 1987-1988. More people left Alaska than arrived ...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:34am
  • ANCHORAGE — Marine surveying will start again this summer near Alaska’s coastal communities in a wide-reaching effort to improve communications by laying a $700 million fiber-optic cable linking Europe and Asia through the Arctic Ocean. The Alaska Dispatch News reports lingering sea ice in Canad...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:34am
  • ‘Get To Know Homer’ training set for May 20 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. ...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:33am
  • After two days of meetings in Kenai City Hall between Kenai administrators and regional and national officials from the Army Corps of Engineers, the two parties presented an agreement to share the cost of a study crucial to a collaboration between Kenai and the Corps to halt bluff erosion....

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:31am

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