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  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker likened his first year in office to moving into a new house that catches fire on move-in day, with low oil prices fueling a massive state budget deficit. But he said his biggest surprise has been how much he enjoys the job, calling himself a problem solver who likes to be...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:20am
  • A storm with winds up to 100 mph roared through the Kenai Peninsula, knocking out power for Homer Electric Association customers from Seldovia to Soldotna, causing flooding on the Anchor River, tearing off a trailer roof and delaying the M/V Tustumena run to Kodiak. The National Weather Service issu...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 9:48am
  • 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. Cook Inletkeeper ...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 9:46am
  • As people sit back today and reflect on the past year, 2015 turns out to have been one strange trip. Even the legalization of marijuana in February couldn’t explain some happenings. At times it seemed as if Kachemak Bay had slipped into an alternate universe. Among the events: • For the second y...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 9:32am
  • As we approach the last few days of 2015, I want to remember all the great times and recipes that were made in my kitchen. Without all the people in my life I love to share them with, life there would not be nearly as fun. ...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 9:27am
  • Homer Police continue to investigate an armed robbery Monday morning of the Fat Olive’s Espresso. Police also seek any information potential witnesses might have on the crime. According to a press release, about 10:05 a.m. Dec. 28, a white man entered the espresso shop in the same building as Fat ...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 9:21am
  • Finding a need for community condemnation and to isolate him from society, Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran on Monday sentenced Demarqus Green to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder.  Last May, a Homer jury found Green, 23, of Anchorage, guilty in the shooting death of Demian Sager...

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 9:18am
  • Finding a need for community condemnation and to isolate him from society, Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran on Monday sentenced Demarqus Green to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder. Last May, a Homer jury found Green, 23, of Anchorage, guilty in the shooting death of Demian Sagerser, t...

    Tue, 12/29/2015 - 3:33pm
  • Homer Police seek information on a suspect who robbed the Fat Olive’s Espresso on Monday morning. According to a press release, about 10:05 a.m. Dec. 28, a white man entered the espresso shop next to Fat Olive’s Restaurant on Ohlson Lane, brandished a handgun and forced the sole employee, a woma...

    Mon, 12/28/2015 - 6:04pm
  • Editor’s Note: It’s become a Christmas tradition that every year the first-graders in Wendy Todd’s class at Paul Banks Elementary School share their holiday drawings and letters to Santa. We’ve tried to stay true to the kids’ spelling....

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 10:25am
  • Chamber car, airline ticket raffle winners announced The Homer Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the car and airline ticket raffle: • Charlie Kauffman, from Anchor Point was the winner of the car raffle. He chose to take the $15,000 voucher instead ...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:57am
  • While the city of Soldotna is now a local regulatory authority — allowing it to profit from the commercial production, testing and sale of marijuana — no businesses will be selling, growing or testing marijuana in Soldotna for the next two years. The Soldotna City Council on Dec. 9 voted to put ...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:56am
  • KENAI — Setbacks for commercial marijuana establishments may become more tightly regulated in Kenai than they are at the state level. Alaska’s regulations for commercial marijuana require establishments to be be 500 feet away from schools, youth centers, churches and correctional facilities. In ...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:55am
  • Ann-Margret Wimmerstedt, left, and Ryjil Christianson get into the Star Wars spirit as Han Solo and Princess Leia for the premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the Homer Theatre on Dec. 17. All 205 seats were sold out for the first showing on the lower Kenai Peninsula of the seve...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:53am
  • In the face of impending fiscal disaster, the state of Alaska is partnering with regional economic development organizations and chambers of commerce to research the statewide business climate. Economists have been examining ways to diversify the state’s economy as the price of oil continues to dr...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:51am
  • Nominations  now open for 2016 HCOA awards Nominations are open for the Homer Council on the Arts 2016 Annual Arts Awards. Awards are presented in the categories of Arts Leadership, Arts Education, Youth Artist of the year, Artist of the Year, Arts Lifetime Achievement, Busine...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:35am
  • Alaska State Troopers have arrested and charged a Nikolaevsk man with third-degree assault after a woman injured her head so severely she “flat lined” — had no pulse — at the South Peninsula Hospital Emergency Room.  Domnin Martushev, 43, was arrested on Saturday on one count of second-...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:29am
  • The man Homer Police allege crashed his Volvo into the Sustainable Wares building on Dec. 7 has apparently skipped town — even after being hospitalized for a neck injury. Homer Police last Friday charged Daniel A. Grosser, 36, of Anchorage, with reckless driving, failure to give immediate notice o...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:28am
  • A red-breasted sapsucker was found up Spencer Street on Saturday’s Christmas Bird Count. A rare bird for Homer — only having been seen once or twice here previously — this was a significant find by Aaron Lang and his team covering the north side of East End Road. A spectacular, red Christmas-y...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:27am
  • Our family became dear friends with a butcher many years ago and we have enjoyed dining upon roasted prime ribs of beef for our Christmas Eve dinner many years now.  I am finally getting a handle on how best to cook a rib roast. When I go to the big kitchen in the sky, I would like “She final...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:19am

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