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  • ANCHORAGE — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he’s removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska’s coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling. The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly...

    Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:30am
  • Homer Police have charged a Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson soldier in a “sexting” case last summer involving a Homer teenager under the age of 16. Michael R. Wiedemann Jr., 20, faces charges online enticement of a minor and possession of child pornography, both felonies. “Sexting” is the pr...

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:06pm
  • Democratic Sen. Mark Begich bid an emotional farewell to the U.S. Senate on Dec. 11, saying he was proud of the work he had done and urging his colleagues to not let politics get in the way of doing the people’s work. While polls show low approval ratings for Congress, people still look to congres...

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04pm
  • JUNEAU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has retained her spot on the Senate Appropriations Committee, while incoming senator Dan Sullivan was assigned to several committees he had hoped to land. Senate Republicans announced committee assignments Monday. The assignments are subject to approval by th...

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:03pm
  • Following the resignation in late October of Seldovia Police Chief Shad Haller, the city of Seldovia is seeking a new chief. The Alaska State Troopers are providing law enforcement while Seldovia seeks a new chief, said trooper spokesperson Megan Peters. Seldovia City Manager Tim Dillon said residen...

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:02pm
  • On Monday as the owners and staff made final preparations for reopening Alice’s Champagne Palace, the atmosphere felt like final rehearsal week for the Nutcracker Ballet. ...

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:01pm
  • The Homer High School concert choir, directed by Kyle Schneider, is joined by a special guest during the school’s winter concert Monday evening....

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:58pm
  • A 22-year veteran in Alaska municipal government has been named interim city manager for Homer.  Marvin Yoder will start after Jan. 1, and in the last two weeks of December will visit Homer, meet with outgoing City Manager Walt Wrede and get to know city departments, the city announced in a pre...

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:49pm
  • Eighteen members of the Homer High School debate, drama and forensics team are back from a multi-school meet at Eagle River High School last weekend. Participating schools included East, South, Service, West, Eagle River and Chugiak high schools, as well as Homer.  “Homer did very well,” sa...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:30pm
  • BP announced this week that it has begun accepting nominations for the 20th annual BP Teachers of Excellence program, recognizing Alaska teachers’ exceptional work. Last year, Barbara Ann Veeck of West Homer Elementary School was awarded “Teacher of the Year” distinction for the Kenai Peninsul...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:29pm
  • The southern Kenai Peninsula did themselves proud at the First Lego League competition at Skyview Middle School in Soldotna on Saturday....

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:28pm
  • A burglary early Sunday morning of Don Jose’s Restaurant on Pioneer Avenue is the latest in a string of burglaries and thefts this fall that have plagued Homer businesses from East End Road to the Homer Spit. Homer Police have made some arrests, including three men and a woman for a burglary last ...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:22pm
  • If the Homer City Council does nothing else all year, to keep the city of Homer running, it must do at least one thing: pass a budget. On Monday night at its regular meeting, it did just that. “We shall consider our budget to be approved,” Homer Mayor Beth Wythe announced after the council consi...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:20pm
  • Last Friday, students gathered in Kachemak Bay Campus’ Bayview Hall as the skeleton of a Stejneger’s beaked whale they had carefully pieced together was raised to hang from the college ceiling.  Among the participating students were the members of KBC’s Semester by the Bay program, a dome...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:19pm
  • It was saved until the end of Monday’s regular city council meeting, but the lineup at the microphone, the accolades given, the servings of cake and punch and the emotions expressed —laughter and tears — made it clear City Manager Walt Wrede’s upcoming departure was the focus of the evening....

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:12pm
  • Saturday will be the end of an era, Betsteroids. That’s right. On 12/13/14 it will be the last day this century when the date will be three consecutive numbers. That’s assuming you abbreviate the year and don’t use the European method of writing dates with the year first, as in 14/12/13. Ever ...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:40pm
  • Alaska workers earned 3 percent more in the first half of this year than they did in 2013, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Total wages in the state increased by $253 million over the first six months of 2014 when adjusted for inflation. The increase put total ea...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:35pm
  • Spa Envy will host the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s December After Hours Event from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 18. The business, which has been opened since Oct. 1, is located in the historic building next to Don Jose’s Mexican Restaurant, on Pioneer Avenue near Main Street. The business offers manicures, ped...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:35pm
  • The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association holds a free injury prevention workshop, “Strains, Sprains and Pains: Ergonomic Injury Prevention for Commercial Fishermen,” from 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Best Western Bidarka Inn Participants will learn about ways to avoid musculoskeletal problems...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:35pm
  • JUNEAU — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, while a lawsuit is pending, must stop all work related to a process that could restrict or prohibit development of the Pebble Mine, a federal judge says. The action comes after U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland last month restrained the EPA fr...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:31pm

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