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  • JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said he is willing to call the Legislature into a special session if lawmakers don’t pass any revenue proposals to help close a multibillion-dollar budget deficit. His push for more income comes as the state’s Department of Revenue on Monday released a forecast...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:38am
  • Not surprisingly, Alaska’s fiscal picture got worse with the March 21 release of the 2016 Spring Revenue Forecast. Total state revenue for the 2016 fiscal year, which ends June 30, is now projected to be about $3.6 billion, down more than 60 percent from the $9.5 billion of income estimated in the...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:37am
  • The staff and students at Kachemak Selo School are still waiting to hear whether there will be room in next year’s budget for a new building. The K-12 replacement facility is sitting at the top of the Alaska Department of Early Education and Development FY17 construction grant list, and was placed...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:59am
  • Chapman School  March 24: Third quarter awards assembly. March 28: Spring pictures. March 30: Tsunami warning drill, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Tsunami sirens and warnings may be heard, or broacasted on TV or radio. However, it’s just ...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:53am
  • Though Linda Reinhart has spent over four decades as a volunteer at Paul Banks Elementary, a more fitting title would be resident grandmother. Reinhart, who is indeed referred to as Grandma Reinhart by both staff and students, volunteered off and on for 32 years at the school and has been a consiste...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:52am
  • Children in Homer and Anchor Point have the opportunity to hunt thousands of eggs over Easter weekend at several local events. More than 3,000 real and plastic eggs will adorn fields and lawns outside organizations and churches, waiting for tiny hands to put them into bags and baskets.   ...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:34am
  • Members of the Alaska Democratic Party get their chance to vote for their party’s presidential candidate when the party holds meetings statewide on Saturday morning. Unlike the Republican Party’s presidential preference poll, held on March 1 in which party members voted on a ballot, Democrats se...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:26am
  • Following the filing earlier this month of an application for an initiative petition that would ban commercial cannabis, Homer City Clerk Jo Johnson last Thursday granted permission for the initiative backers to begin collecting signatures....

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:24am
  • With a citizen group seeking an initiative to ban by vote commercial cannabis in the city of Homer, Kachemak City, the government to the north and east of Homer, won’t put a similar question to the voters. In a 5-2 vote, the Kachemak City Council rejected an ordinance that would have called an ele...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:23am
  • The 2016 Winter King Salmon Tournament champion, Eric Holland, only told the crowd during the Saturday evening awards ceremony that he caught the winning fish “in the ocean.” ...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:21am
  • Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna is looking to update its imaging capabilities with some new equipment if the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly gives it the green light....

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 9:29am
  • While more women are turning up soil in the agriculture industry, they are unearthing a unique set of challenges. Some are looking for new methods to cultivate and market their products a little differently than their male counterparts, while others are seeking ways to balance raising a family and r...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 9:28am
  • On Christmas Eve, when they could have been enjoying a day off, the small, dedicated crew of Ohlson Mountain Mineral Springs H20 shows up at work to demonstrate their newest piece of equipment: a machine that fills water bottles....

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 9:25am
  • Despite pessimistic oil and gas outlooks, two companies are conducting seismic data-gathering activities on the Kenai Peninsula this spring and another is planning more exploration work....

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 9:20am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was found to be 100 percent compliant in ensuring students without exemptions are vaccinated. Superintendent Sean Dusek announced at the March 8 Board of Education meeting that the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services sampled 800 immunization re...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:46am
  • With less than a month from the vote, Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education members report they plan to approve the school district’s budget — though not without uneasiness. Spending for next year has been reduced by $4.5 million from the current fiscal year, and further allocations or cuts...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:45am
  • The Nutritional Alaska Foods to Schools, or NAFS, pilot program that brought locally sourced foods to school meal menus will not continue into the 2016-2017 school year. The loss of funding results from budget decreases related to the state’s current fiscal crisis, according to Jenny Martin, legis...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:44am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District March 14-18: Most schools are on spring break, no school. Fireweed Academy (3-6) March 29: Field trip - Mud Bay Homer High School April 9: Prom. Linda Stubber...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:43am
  • A bulldozer sits by a new mouth of Beluga Slough at Bishop’s Beach last Thursday afternoon. Landowners at Munson Point, the subdivision on Ocean Drive Loop at the mouth of the slough, got a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit to relocate the slough mouth and mitigate erosion near their pro...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:43am
  • As people near death, there can be a forced intimacy, said Pastor Lisa Talbott of Homer United Methodist Church. For the elderly or those with terminal illness where death is expected, the last conversations with the dying can help ease the passing. It’s the time for healing and resolution to say ...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:33am

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