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  • With good halibut fishing being reported, the 27th Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby begins today.  “People are going around the corner, past Flat Island and down to Elizabeth Island and catching fish weighing more than 100 (pounds) right now,” said Jim Lavrakas, executive director of the Homer C...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:50pm
  • Birders watch shorebirds at Mud Bay on the Homer Spit on Saturday during the 22nd annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. The migration peaked just as the festival started May 8, with 3,600 sandpipers seen on the Spit May 7 and 8,000 the following day. Birders also reported thousands of surfbirds an...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:48pm
  • With two months until the deadline, six city residents are gathering signatures to become candidates to serve on a one-year commission to draft a charter making Homer a home-rule city. To be placed on the Oct. 7 ballot, each candidate must gather the signatures of 50 registered city voters. The dead...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:47pm
  • A June 2 trial week date for brothers Anthony Resetarits and Joseph Resetarits could be delayed again, Judge Carl Bauman said Monday at a hearing in Kenai Superior Court. At issue are delays in having iPhone brand cell phones decrypted by Apple Inc.  Some iPhones seized by Alaska State Troopers...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:43pm
  • In a 4-3 vote with Mayor Beth Wythe breaking the tie, the Homer City Council at its regular meeting on Monday killed a proposed ordinance to raise its monthly stipend. Council members Beau Burgess, David Lewis and Francie Roberts sponsored Ordinance 14-17(A) that would have boosted each council memb...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:53pm
  • The Homer City Council directed council member Gus Van Dyke to do some more work and revise his proposed ordinance that would have changed the zoning to East End Mixed Use for a corridor of properties along East End Road from Lake Street to Kachemak City limits. If passed, the rezone would allow act...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:49pm
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  • Ever look at a picnic through the eyes of an army of ants? A beautiful monarch butterfly? A stink bug? How about a maggot? The students of McNeil Canyon Elementary School offered that perspective May 8 in the school’s 30th annual spring concert. Kindergarten through sixth-grade students performed ...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:43pm
  • Eighty-one students from McNeil Canyon Elementary and Razdolna schools put their curious minds and research abilities on display April 30. The occasion was McNeil’s science fair, with Laura Murphy’s fourth- and fifth-grade class inviting Razdolna to join in the fun.The fair included a total of 5...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:40pm
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School DistrictMay 21: Schools close (unless otherwise noted). ChapmanToday: Kindergarten to Pratt Museum.Today: Spring concert, 7 p.m.May 16: Grade 1 to Pratt Museum, 11:30 a.m.May 16: Borough track meet.May 16: Grades 6-8 birding in Homer.May 19: Kindergarten graduation, 2 ...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:36pm
  • Katherine Dolma is one of two Alaska students to be named Alaska’s top youth volunteers of 2014 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This nationwide program honored 102 young people earlier this month for outstanding acts of volunteerism, according to a press release issued by the awards ...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:34pm
  • Homer Middle School art students are learning a powerful lesson about environmental footprints and collaboration with a giant art project destined to become a permanent installation at the school.Led by art teacher Ingrid McKinstry and working in collaboration with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Stu...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 1:45pm
  • Kenai Peninsula College Associate of Arts Degree: Jesse Bolt, Karmen Classen, Rachel Coe, Adam DePesa, Robert Eagan, Paul Eneboe, Corrie Haigh, Victoria WeaklandAssociate of Applied Sciences Occupational Safety and Health: Rachelle McAlexanderAssociate of Applied Science in Nursing: Halee Bradshaw,...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 1:33pm
  • Take risks. Say thank you. Smile. Be kind to yourself. Start something new.That was among the advice given May 7 at the occasion of 2014 commencement exercises for 151 people receiving degrees or certificates from Kenai Peninsula College, Kachemak Bay Campus....

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 1:31pm
  • Gov. Sean Parnell signed into law the bill authorizing the state of Alaska to participate financially in proposed $45 billion to $65 billion natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas export project. Parnell’s May 8 signature on Senate Bill 138, approved by the state Legislature in April, will...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:55pm
  • The Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District invites Kenai Peninsula farmers to a workshop covering all aspects of using the Truax No-Till Seed Planter. This free workshop is required for anyone who wishes to rent the planter during the 2014 season. The workshop will be from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Ma...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:54pm
  • The Homer office of the Division of Motor Vehicles remains on abbreviated hours. The office is open today from 8:30 a.m.-noon, is closed for lunch from noon-1 p.m., and reopens from 1-4:30 p.m. It also is open May 20 and May 22 from 8:30 a.m.-noon, is closed for lunch from noon-1 p.m., and reopens f...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:54pm
  • As the room filled to capacity, attendees willingly stood to hear updates about the proposed pipeline project to transport North Slope natural gas to a liquefied natural gas plant in Nikiski. About 90 area residents came to the former Nikiski Senior Center on Island Lake Road Monday for the Nikiski ...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:49pm
  • Bidding was modest at the state’s annual Cook Inlet and Alaska Peninsula “areawide” lease sales May 7, with bids coming from independent companies and most of those in Cook Inlet from companies already established there. A surprise, however, is that there were three bids on tracts near Port Mo...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:48pm
  • You can find almost anything on Craigslist. Used Cars. Artwork. Careers. So when Jamie Dunklin started to look for a new job opportunity for herself and her husband, Richard Dunklin, she tried Craigslist. Originally, she thought that somewhere in Colorado might be a nice change from the suburbs of H...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:47pm

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